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Wines of the week

Wines of the week column by Joelle Thomson on MiNDFOOD.

2008 Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewurztraminer $27

I enjoy this powerful gewürztraminer more every time it is poured it over the course of a few days, admiring its power, weight and bone dry flavours (technically it’s off-dry, but you’d never know it by the taste).

Top gewürztraminers are rare these days, having fallen off the radar for most wine lovers. If you’re willing to venture out of your drinking comfort zone, reacquaint yourself with the fresh, spicy, lychee deliciousness of a good gewürztraminer.

www.lawsonsdryhills.co.nz

2006 Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon $38

Cabernet sauvignon takes centre stage in this brooding, black-hued wine from the outstanding 2006 vintage in Australia. At this young stage, it tastes of primary fruit – blackberries, blackcurrants and spice. It will soften with time and if you’re a cabernet sauvignon fan, a few bottles of this are a definite contender for your wine cellar.

www.penfolds.com.au

2006 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz $38

Cabernet sauvignon plays lead again in this new vintage of Penfolds Bin. Its rich flavours are supported here by big sweet shiraz from the stellar 2006 vintage. It drinks beautifully now, but begs to be cellared for at least half a decade, to come into its own.

www.penfolds.com.au

2007 Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz $24

Coonawarra is the region, shiraz the grape and this is a great gateway into the big, bold world of Penfolds reds. If you’re a fan of luscious, jammy shirazes, check out this brand new release.

www.penfolds.com.au

2006 Cloudy Bay Te Koko

“Just the thing to go with Bluff oysters,” says winemaker Tim Heath, of this newly released three-year old Marlborough sauvignon blanc. This is not like all the others.

From its inception 11 years ago, Te Koko has drawn a new fold of drinkers to its fray with this full-bodied, pre-aged sauvignon blanc, whose appeal lies in its creamy, spicy, lingering aromas and flavours.

www.cloudybay.com

2006 Hesketh Thirsty Dog Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon $23

Australian winemaker Jonathon Hesketh’s winemaking mantra is to make wines flatter the region in which they are grown. Cabernet sauvignon grows best in a warm climate like Coonawarra, South Australia; where hot days are balanced by cool nights. Check out this elegant south Australian cabernet.

www.heskethwinecompany.com.au

2007 Hesketh Beautiful Stranger Kremstal Gruner Veltliner $18

If you’ve never heard of grüner veltliner (pronounced groo-ner velt-leener) before, you’re not alone. This wine is a rarity in more ways than one. It’s made by Australian winemaker Jonathon Hesketh who sourced the grüner veltliner grapes from their home country – Austria – where they were grown on steeply terraced vineyards along the banks of the Danube River. It’s a light, floral and fresh white that needs a light chilling before drinking.

www.heskethwinecompany.com.au

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