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A Selection of Recent Release Wines

Here’s a selection of some great NZ wines, including three from Martinborough, as tasted by Phil Parker.

Bohemian ‘The Dancer’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2019 $26
Dry, crisp and mineral in the Provence rosé style. Cranberry, red berry fruit and red fruit compote, and a nudge of citrus, with a clean and tangy finale. Match with summer salads, chicken and white fish.
Available: Four Candles Food Market,

Bohemian ‘The Poet’ Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2019 $26
Dry and tangy with apple juice, clover honey, stone fruit and a hint of lychee. Crisp and refreshing finish. A great pairing with poached, herbed mussels.

De La Terre Hawke’s Bay Arneis 2020 $37.50
A standout wine. Grapes sourced from the limestone terraces of De La Terre’s Hill Country Estate in Hawke’s Bay. Rich and unctuous at 15% alcohol.  Grassy herbaceous flavours with G&T, quinine, nectarine and a hint of clover honey. Match with rich, creamy seafood or chicken.
Available: Dhall & Nash

De La Terre Hawke’s Bay Tannat 2018 $45
Tannat is a French red grape from the south-western Madiran region. Rich, dark and spicy with medium tannins. Plums and black cherry with good length. Laced with a hint of peppery spice and fruitcake, this one’s a definite keeper. A match for spiced roast duck, mushroom and truffle dishes.
Available: Fine Wine Delivery Co.

Dry River Martinborough Pinot Noir 2019 $99
From a premium NZ Pinot Noir producer, this is a stunning example. Soft tannins and a silky, seamless palate of spiced cherry, poached tamarillo and blackcurrant, with earthy truffle and mushroom. Seared steak, spicy lamb or moussaka would be good matches.
Available: Caro’s

Dry River ‘The Twelve Spies’ Martinborough 2020 $65
This wine is a red blend: Tempranillo 40%, Pinot Noir 35%, And Syrah 25%. Big bold and luscious with lots of potential for cellaring. Spiced plum, black cherry, cassis and liquorice all wrapped up in firm, persistent tannins. Match with hearty beef dishes or spicy ratatouille.

Dry River Lovat Martinborough Syrah 2019 $71
Big, soft and plush with lashings of black pepper, plum, spice and cassis with medium tannins. Again, very drinkable now but a keeper for 5 years or more. Sadly, this is the second to last vintage of Syrah from Dry River following their decision to concentrate more on pinot noir and chardonnay. Great with lamb or spicy tomato pasta.
Available: Caro’s

I have been writing a regular wine column for The Nelson Mail newspaper since 2000.

Unfortunately the column space is not big enough to include my thoughts on all of the many wines I taste. Hopefully this blog will fix that. It also gives me somewhere to archive the many columns I write. I will also include some favourite recipes from my dearly beloved who loves cooking and of course because wine and food simply go together. I will also point you in the direction of upcoming events and websites I think are great. Enjoy, Neil

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