White. Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, 2016
Villa Maria is a big name when it comes to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. In fact its Private Bin Sauvignon won the taste challenge on that new silly Channel 4 show where they do an incredibly unsubjective taste test on some stuff and try and prove a point but no one has yet to work out what the point is. I still bloomin watched it though! Well if the Private Bin is good then this is brilliant as its the Cellar Selection range which sees fruit from Awatere and Wairau blended together to produce a riotously flavour filled white with a wonderfully poised and crisp finish. This is exactly what Kiwi Sauvignon should taste like.
White. Leftfield Albarino, New Zealand 2016
This wine is a very quirky sub brand from the excellent Te Awa Estate situated in Nelson a little further north than Marlborough. Albarino is probably more famous for being Spanish but it does travel and this wine gives that Spanish classic a new world twist. Instead of a tasting note I’ll leave it to the blurb on the back of the bottle.
‘Gorgeous little citrus flowers link arms with melon and peach to dance in the sunshine, always maintaining an air of class. Meanwhile lime lingers in the shadows vying for attention.’
Red: Domaine de la Chapponne Morgon, Beaujolais, France
It’s not too long until Beaujolais Nouveau day (third Thursday in November), these days it is a day that seems to be missing from the calendar and given the somewhat ropey nature of the Nouveau wines it’s a day that isn’t missed by many. This lack of naff Nouveau has meant that the Cru wines of the individual villages in Beaujolais can really shine. This has long been a favourite of mine and shows that wonderful balance between fresh fruit and complex minerality. By no means a simple wine and if drunk a little cooler then it is a real joy, I had it with a nice pork fillet and potato gratin, yummy.
Red: Caliterra Tributo Malbec, Chile
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This was Chile’s second ever Malbec and that was before the grape became trendy. A single vineyard wine which is looked after by horses (true story) it is deep and rich and velvety smooth and just an absolute joy. So if you’re having a grown up barbecue and putting some quality meat on the grill then this is the wine for you, grrrr!
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