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Wines of the week

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

2008 Allan Scott Gewurztraminer $21

It’s delicious to drink, hard to pronounce and all but forgotten in the current pinot gris, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay frenzy, but I’m pleading with you to give gewürztraminer (pronounced “give-urts-tram-ee-ner”) a go. It’s a fantastically refreshing, spicy and surprisingly recognisable white wine. This limited release is themed “Planting for Our Future Families” as part of Allan Scott and family’s newfound aim to give back to the environment as well as reap rewards from it.

www.allanscott.co.nz

2007 Babich Lone Tree Merlot Cabernet $15

Good value New Zealand reds don’t come much better than this lovely explosion of red berries and full body from Babich Winery in West Auckland.

www.babich.co.nz

2008 Montana Gisborne Chardonnay $15

Even though it’s made to drink right now, this is a very youthful Gisborne chardonnay with vibrant zing, making it a good with-food wine. The food you choose all depends on your personal tastes, naturally, but check it out with grilled fresh salmon or roast chicken.

www.montana.co.nz

2008 Saints Gisborne Chardonnay $17

This is the big sibling to Montana Gisborne Chardonnay (featured above), with a slightly higher price tag but accompanying big body, creamier and richer style to match. It’s good value for money, delivering a deliciously rounded white wine.

www.montana.co.nz

2005 Babich Irongate Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay $35

In times like these – recession and all – it’s not easy to recommend products with high price tags but chardonnay lovers owe it to themselves to try this beautifully soft, big bodied, sensuous white wine. Fresh, lively and delicious.

www.babich.co.nz

2007 Babich Marlborough Pinot Noir $20

A good pinot noir for after work drinks. This is a light, soft, fruity little red, and good value for money.

www.babich.co.nz

2007 Babich Marlborough Reserve Pinot Noir $30

Stepping right up to a softer, spicier, more concentrated red, this is a beautifully full-bodied wine. It bodes well for Marlborough’s pinot noir future too.

www.babich.co.nz

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