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Wines of the Week

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

2006 Armantes Old Bush Vine Garnacha $17-19

This is a great wine. Dark in colour, richly fruity in taste but bone dry, it tastes delicious now and history shows that it ages well too, provided you’re keeping it in a cool, dark spot. Armantes is a range of mountains in Spain, where 50 year old garnacha (aka Grenache) grapes are grown at a high altitude.

Master of Wine Steve Bennett and Matt Deller import it to New Zealand, introducing Kiwis to a world of other wine flavours.

Available from specialist wine stores or contact Bennett & Deller for stockists near you, phone (09) 378 9463.

2005 Grant Burge Barossa Vines Shiraz $19-20

The only wonder is the price: how come this wine costs so little money when it tastes so extremely good? Well balanced, oozing ripe fruit flavours and lively acids to stretch it out to a lingering, memorable finish. Great value.

Available from liquor stores and specialist wine stores.

2007 Valle Reale Vigne Nuove Montepulciano $22-23

To describe this wine as great value for money is to wildly understate just how modern but still quintessentially Italian it is. Big ripe fruit flavours lead the palate here; it has lots of depth of flavour, body and balance.

Available from specialist wine stores or contact Bennett & Deller for stockists near you, phone (09) 378 9463.

2005 Hardys Oomoo McLaren Vale Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre $16-18

Ever tasted a red wine which really does deliver ‘hints of chocolate’ aroma and flavour? This wine is packed with lovely luscious upfront juicy grenache fruit flavours, with the richness of shiraz and mourvedre’s dark chocolatey flavours. Available widely.

2006 Villa Maria Marlborough Reserve Pinot Noir $38-40

It may only be a couple of years old, but this fresh young pinot noir is mellow, soft and so rounded that you really do feel as though you are drinking a wine that’s more mature than just two short years. Available from specialist wine stores.

2006 Martinborough Vineyard Martinborough Terrace Pinot Noir $60

Another impressive pinot noir from the 2006 New Zealand vintage. It often pays to hold onto wines under screwcaps – reds, that is – for at

least a little while prior to drinking. Time allows reds under screwcaps to mellow, but so does a decanter, so pour this seductive pinot into a large jug, decanter or glass, give it a couple of hours and enjoy.

2007 Framingham Marlborough Gewurztraminer $26

If you’re looking for a big luscious white wine to enjoy in winter, kick off the night with a couple of glasses of this lovely fruity gewürztraminer, which wows with its rose petal, lychees and Turkish Delight flavours.

Its full bodied style adds to its appeal – a good wine to drink with your favourite salted nuts.

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