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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 Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon $28

Remember lemon drops? Those intense, lemon zest flvaoured little lollies were a great childhood treat, and this wine bears more than a passing resemblance in taste. Its tangy zing comes from the blend of semillon and sauvignon blanc grapes, which have been crafted into this beautifully rich but bone dry white wine.

2007 Huntaway Reserve Gisborne Gewurztraminer $24

If you’re looking for an alternative to chardonnay, this is the wine. Beautifully subtle and fresh, this is an intensely aromatic white that will wow for a glass and then woo you with its powerful charm. It’s a delicious drink, served lightly chilled, year round. But it’s shown up by the Patutahi Gewurztraminer, which is even better…

2007 Patutahi Gisborne Gewurztraminer $36

Thick and smooth and bountiful in exuberance of aroma and flavour. This wine has impressive flavours of spice and a long, lingering finish. It is pricey, yes, but it delivers in taste, style and wow value. Where did the contents of the bottle disappear to?

2006 Pinot ENVY $12

Forget the slightly misleading “non vintage” designation on this label, the wine is a light, soft, three-year-old pinot noir from Central Otago delivering good value for an everyday glass or two.

2007 Cypress Chardonnay $20

Gus Lawson from Hawkes Bay has just launched this new range of wines – called Cypress. The chardonnay is especially good value at $20, as it’s made from hand picked grapes, which have been treated to just the right balance of tank (aka stainless steel) and oak influence. The result is a fresh, crisp and full-bodied chardonnay.

2007 Cypress Syrah $25

Another newcomer from Gus Lawson, Hawkes Bay wine producer. This wine’s peppery flavours wrap themselves around a dense fruity core of intense sweet plum flavours.

2007 Muddy Water Waipara Hare’s Breath Pinot Noir $60

Talk about a stunning red wine – and a lack of willpower on my part for opening it. North Canterbury winemakers Belinda Gould, Jane and Michael East have just launched a new trio of outstanding pinot noirs – and this is my pick of them. It’s the second vintage of Hare’s Breath Pinot Noir, made from a small sloping hillside vineyard, from a range of different pinot noir clones.

Dense, dark, delicious. Buy it and try it when you want a treat.

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