New Zealand Wine Tasting With Joyce Austin

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We’re kicking off 20% OFF the wines below as a follow on to last night’s tasting when Joyce Austin of New Zealand Boutique Wines was with us to share the latest.

  • ROSÉ– The trick with Rosé is fruit vibrancy marrying to a dry finish. Our new Black Cottage 2012 Rosé hits the mark nicely in a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris –  coral pink, with a delicious berry, pear and a hint of spice characters and that all important dry finish. Usually €16.95 now €13.56 Special.


  • SAUVIGNON BLANC – We tasted four distinctly different styles – the first with a tropical, tangy twist: Black Cottage 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, has the cool climate freshness of the Awatere valley in Marlborough with the gooseberry and passionfruit lift of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, usually €16.95, now €13.56 Special ; next, the Sauvignon that scored No. 1 from New Zealand’s Winestate Award, Two Rivers 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (made by the same winemaker as Black Cottage). Tightly bound and elegant, showing passionfruit, green capsicums, apples and chalky minerals with a steely, flinty edge, usually €19.95, now €15.96 Special.  We then turned to Sauvignons that shine for their grace and subtlety – Greystone 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, closer to a French style than New Zealand, pure and complex with guava and melon notes and streak of citrus-like acidity – usually €19.95, now €15.96 Special; and finally, Greenhough 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, showing mouthwatering freshness, citrus, pear and floral aromas with a chalky minerality on the finish – usually €17.95, now €14.36 Special. Both are genuinely dry wines with character and length making them ideal for food matches.


  • RIESLING – New Zealand covers the spectrum in styles from bone dry to richly exotic – we tasted Greenhough 2011 Apple Valley Riesling – salivating citrus freshness with a delicious marriage of green apple, floral and peach characters.  Delicious summer aperitif and just 8.5% alcohol. Usually €17.95, now €14.36 Special.


  • PINOT GRIS – The New Zealand style is closer to Alsace than Italy – richer, more exotic, the recently landed Black Cottage 2012 is succulent filled with vibrant aromas of roses, pear and exotic spices, supported with flavours of stone fruit, ginger and a hint of natural sweetness, yet finishing dry. Usually €16.95, now €13.56.


  • PINOT NOIR – two takes on the most demanding red grape. Firstly, Black Cottage 2011 Marlborough Pinot Noir – full flavoured style bursting with floral, spice and cherry notes and showing good balance, finesse and length. Smooth silky sipper.  Usually €21.95, now €17.56 special; next Greenhough 2007 Pinot Noir, delicious brooding flavours that come with time.  It has the savoury edge, with aromatic layers of spice and dried herbs and firm tannins making it a good food match, Usually €17.95, now €14.36 special. Dense & interesting,

One For the Dads

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Vinho Branco

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The delightful Portuguese words for white wine, and with stunning fortified wines, Port and Madeira and great reds from Douro, Dao, Lisboa, and Alentejo is it any wonder that Portuguese whites get over looked, much the same as their Iberian neighbours whites are over looked! (More on that another day). We import directly over 20 wines from Portugal from 5 different family owned estates and stock another 20 or so wines from Portugal. Out of that 40 or so different wines we have only 4 whites. That is a 10% of the total, no other country except for Spain is this figure even as low as 25%. But i waffle below are 3 crisp and refreshing Portuguese whites that we stock.

Bajancas Branco Douro 2011
A refreshing blend of Robigato, Gouveio and Malvasia Fino. Fresh and fruity with a hint of grapiness and. Some crisp lemon fruit. Nice and  refreshing with pure fruit and a hint of herbiness. An appealing easy drinking style.

Quinta Chocapalha Arinto 2010, Lisboa

Probably Portugal’s most famous white grape Arinto. This wine is aged for 12 months in the cellar prior to release. Fresh bright apple and lemony nose. The palate is crisp and fresh with lovely bright fruit and some lemony freshness on the finish.

Quinta Chocapalha Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Lisboa

This is a quirky example of a grape variety we have all love.  The nose explodes with prickly nettle, citrus and pineapple fruit on the nose all over classic freshly cut grass. The palate is fresh with a racy edge and lashing of pineapple, melon and tropical fruits. An absolute much try for all wine lovers. ( Warning this is probably a Marmite wine, love it or hate it!)

Two Rivers Sauvignon Blanc is No.1

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A superb example of Marlborough Sauvignon combining the best characteristics of the Awatere and Wairau valleys- small wonder that each year it keeps on picking up countless awards. Attractive, fresh and bright aromas of green herb, gooseberry, cut grass and a touch of passionfruit. Very clean on the palate but not hard, with green apple, green pineapple and lychee being the dominant flavour characteristics. For such a young wine it is showing very well and with a little more age the finish will round out a little and the exotic fruit notes will become more apparent. Chuck it at all manner of seafood and exotic, spicy cuisines- it will cope.

Two Rivers founder and winemaker, Dave Clouston, also makes our ever popular Black Cottage Wines.

Back Garden Sippers Tasting

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Due to the superb weather we’ve been having we have decided to postpone tomorrow evenings ‘Passion for Portugal’ Tasting until next Thursday 13th June. In its place we are going to celebrate all things sunshine with our Back Garden Sippers Tastings this Friday 7th of June from 5pm – 8 pm, so even more people can enjoy the crisp refreshing sunshine whites, fruity rosé and light juicy reds.

Back Garden Sippers Tastings

Friday 7th June

5pm – 8pm