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Wines of the Week

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

Wines of the Week

2008 Boreham Wood Single Vineyard Riesling $25

When you taste wines as appealing as this instantly likeable Marlborough riesling, you just want to share them. Sadly, the contents of the bottle are now long gone, but knowing this zingy fresh, lime tasting wine sets new standards for New Zealand riesling is surely a drawcard to check it out yourself.

2007 George Wyndham Shiraz Tempranillo $22

Deliciously successful flavour fusion of Australian shiraz with tempranillo (Spain’s most beautiful red grape). This brand new Australian red is a blend of these two grapes, offering sweet juicy upfront fruit flavours and toasty savoury aromas too. This big-bodied red is a welcome style departure adding variety to wine drinkers’ lives, and in perfect time for late autumn drinking.

2007 Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo $30

If you haven’t tried New Zealand’s only tempranillo yet, check out this multi-award winning, big-bodied, bold red wine from winemakers John Hancock and Warren Gibson in Hawke’s Bay.

2008 Te Whare Ra Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc $22

It’s Bluff oyster season and that means you need a great sauvignon blanc to drink with these essence of ocean oysters. Awatere Valley is home to refined, austere, beautifully pure sauvignons like this one from Te Whare Ra. If you can find a better match with Bluff oysters, bring it on.

2008 Muddy Water Waipara Dry Riesling $29

Yes, yes, I know you’re thinking this is a lot to pay for a riesling but one sip will show you why. North Canterbury winemaker Belinda Gould is a dab hand at coaxing the very best, most intense, pure flavours out of the hand picked grapes that go into this outstandingly drinkable dry riesling.

2008 Muddy Water Growers Series Riesling Unplugged $30

It’s sometimes hard to believe that rieslings even contain alcohol. This one is such a pure explosion of lemon, lime and jasmine in the mouth, it just seems like drinking nectar. With those flavours, it teams up beautifully with goat’s cheese but on its own it is also outstanding.

2006 Tenuta di Riseccoli Chianti Classico $21

With winter approaching fast, check out a gutsy top tasting Tuscan red that matches hearty, savoury flavours and ends on a beautifully dry note.

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