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Wines of the week

Wines of the week

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

Wines of the week

Soljans Fusion $16

Muscat or moscato is one of the most versatile grapes in the world, used here by Soljans winery in West Auckland to make this newly gold-medal-clad sparkling wine. The 2009 Royal Easter Wine Awards gave this deliciously grapey, honey of a wine its new gold medal.

2007 Dog Point Vineyard Marlborough Section 94 $33

Brilliant Marlborough sauvignon blanc from perfectionists Ian Sutherland and James Healy. This wine is a major style departure from most sauvignon blancs, partly because it’s released a good year later than the rest. As a result, it’s full bodied with floral aromas and yeasty flavours. Utterly delicious.

Stonecroft Hawke’s Bay Crofters Syrah $20

Hearty Hawke’s Bay red from winemaker Alan Limmer; one of the earliest pioneers of syrah in New Zealand. Spicy, dense, dark and delicious – a great autumn wine. If you’ve never tasted black pepper in a syrah, check out this gorgeously affordable red.

2008 Stonecroft Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc $20

Looking for a fresh bright white to drink with seafood? Try this lovely soft Hawke’s Bay sauvignon blanc with its rounded, verging on full-bodied style – and lingering finish.

2006 Odyssey Marlborough Pinot Noir $30

From the heart of Marlborough’s Brancott Valley vineyards comes this big bodied, full flavoured, darkly spicy pinot noir. Winemaker Rebecca Salmond has created a densely styled red here, which will reward those with the willpower to cellar it – or decant to enjoy at its best.

2007 Odyssey Gisborne Chardonnay $33

Rebecca Salmond may be based in Auckland but geography has never hindered her from buying in the grapes best suited to the style of wines she wants to produce. Hence this Gisborne and chardonnay combination of toasty, crisp, fresh and full bodied white. And with 13.5 per cent alcohol, it’s lower than many and more refreshing than most.

2008 Sacred Hill Merlot Cabernet $20

This two-way red blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon comes fresh from Hawke’s Bay’s Gimblett Gravels, where it’s gained rich plummy flavours and a long finish. At a year old, this wine’s still a babe, so give it time or decant into a jug or large glass a couple of hours before enjoying.

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