Here we go with some recommendations for the cooler weather and hearty indoor dining with the heat pump on!
Undivided ‘Vin De France’ Chardonnay 2017 $18.99
Great value bargain Chardonnay from France with a screw top. Vin De France pretty well means nothing as to where it came from. It could very well be a blend from different regions. Anyhoo – smells like pineapple and peach with a hint of spicy oak. Crisp and fruity with toasty spiced oak and pineapple, stone fruit and ripe pear, with a clean finish. Match with seafood.
Pegasus Bay North Canterbury Chardonnay 2017 $43
Okay, I’m not a fan of the ‘reductive’ funky chardonnays TBH. But this is a stunner. It does have that initial nasal hit of struck match sulphur thing, but that gives way to toasty oak, crème brûlée and grapefruit. In the mouth, it’s poached pear, toffee apple, canned peach, blond tobacco and mandarine, with a long finish. Creamy Chicken or pasta.
Matakana Estate Matakana Pinot Gris 2017 $21
Again – a very slightly reductive funky nose of citrus, minerality and grassy herbs. A dry style with a mouthful of poached pear, Braeburn apple, a hint of anise and a lengthy very dry finish. Great aperitif wine.
Soljans Estate Fifth Generation Series Kumeu Chardonnay 2016 $48
Delicate and elegant wine with a nose of yeasty brioche, stone fruit, vanilla with a hint of herbaceous fennel. Rich and complex palate of canned peach, fresh pineapple, and almond toffee, with a creamy and lengthy dry finish. Very classy and expressive of the Kumeu clay minerality.
Roast chicken, veal or cheese dishes.
Matakana Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 $20
Pale brick red in the glass. Smoky, spicy aromas plus black cherry and plum. Flavours of red cherry, toasty oak and tar, with a hint of red summer berry fruit compote and cranberry. Dry finish. Great with lamb or ratatouille.
Vergence Red by Pegasus Bay North Canterbury 2017 $40
Dense deep garnet red in the glass. Tar, damp earth, black currant and pot pourri aromas.
Flavours of cassis, blackberry truffle, black olive and poached tamarillo with medium tannins and long finish. Match with venison or rich tomato based Italian dishes.
Saint Clair Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Origin Merlot $24.90
Dusty aromas, with plum and pot pourri. Cherry and plum, full bodied and fruity. Persistent tannins and a lengthy finish. One to put away for a few years. Roast beef or Lasagne.