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Wines of the week

Seven top wines from MiNDFOOD Wine Editor Joelle Thomson's weekly tastings.

Wines of the week

2006 Brodie Estate Martinborough Pinot Noir $40

I have the pleasure of trying two bottles of Martinborough pinot noir. The wines are from Brodie Estate in Martinborough and it’s no surprise to find the older one of the pair – this wine – the most delicious. Intense spicy flavours, combine with the taste of red cherries and a long finish.

2007 Brodie Estate Martinborough Pinot Noir $40

This wine is not only a year younger than its softer, slightly more luscious sibling, above, but it also needs decanting to enjoy at its best. Big plummy fruit flavours dominate. Decant into a large glass before drinking.

2008 Southbank Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Pink $19

Now here’s a curiosity – pink sauvignon blanc. It’s still sauvignon blanc as you know it, with the addition of a smidgen of syrah, which adds the blush colour as well as a little extra body. It’s an interesting late summer wine with fresh cut grass aromas, gooseberry and tropical fruit flavours.

2008 Allan Scott Marlborough Gewurztraminer $21

Gewurztraminer nearly died out in New Zealand vineyards and it’s still a miniscule grape variety, in terms of how much is planted. When you taste wines as unctuous, powerful and delicious as this one, it’s hard to understand why. This is a powerfully aromatic white, with full body and an off dry style – so be sure to serve lightly chilled.

2008 Martinborough Vineyard Te Tera Pinot Noir $32

For a second tier wine, this lusciously soft Martinborough pinot noir tastes extremely flavoursome. Fresh, bright, intense red cherry flavours marry well with the nicely balanced oak to create a long finish.

2007 Stonecroft Hawke’s Bay Zinfandel $50

This is a massive big red from Hawke’s Bay with 14.5% alcohol (don’t say you weren’t warned). Masses of sweet, upfront fruit flavours lead the taste of this gutsy, full-bodied and extremely youthful red. This big full bodied red will reward a couple of years or more in a good cellar, which will give it time to soften, smooth and round out.

2007 Martinborough Vineyard Chardonnay $40

Consistently rated as one of New Zealand’s top chardonnays, this full-bodied dry white from Martinborough is impressively flavoursome, rounded and creamy in texture. It drinks well now, but will soften noticeably if you have the will power to wait a couple of years – tuck it away in a corner of your wine cellar.

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