Tasting Table

21 January, 2011

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Riesling 2010, Martinborough?Supplier: Louis Latour Agencies (£15.49)?A fresh nose of white apple, peach, apricot, lemon and lime with crisp high acid and a palate of stone fruit and lime. CB??Giesen Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough?Supplier: Ehrmanns (£8.99 promoted to £6.99)?A typical expression of Marlborough Sauvignon, with stony, gooseberry notes, lemon and ripe stone fruit. The palate is fresh with grassy flavours alongside ripe nectarine, apricot and melon, and the finish is zingy with minerality. CB??Waipara Hills Southern Cross Selection Pinot Noir 2008, Central Otago?Supplier: Free Run Wines (£12.99)?Rich, smoky wild fruits, ripe blackcurrant, raspberry and blueberry on the nose. Soft palate with ripe fruit, savoury spice and gently rounded tannins. CB

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Rosé tinted glasses

I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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