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The idea of changing your wine drinking with the season, just as you change your diet or your wardrobe, still meets with some resistance. People tend to stick to what they like, no matter what the weather when it comes to wine, drinking the same styles most of the year. Now that spring is here, its time to switch it up a little and add some new wines to your rotation!
- The Ned Pinot Gris 2016: This is 100% Pinot Gris from Marlborough, NZ that is planted on an ancient riverbed. 2016 was predicted to the strongest El Nino since the 1990s, but spring started off cool and the subsequent growing season was a surprise. It was a great year with one of the most rapid and complete fruit sets seen recently. Early 2016 brought much needed rain and before this, the region had been surviving on half its usual rainfall. During ripening, the temperatures were warm with above average sunshine. Harvest was mainly dry. This wine was made in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with selected yeast strains that promote the aromatic nature of Waihopai Pinot Gris. It is a pale salmon blush with a nose of nectarine, golden apple, and touches of ginger spice. It has a lovely floral lift of spring flowers that is balanced on the palate by nice acid and a lightly drying touch of tannins from extended skin contact (that also provide the lovely color). An incredibly versatile food wine, including for salads, fish, and Cantonese dishes.
- Weingut Manfred Breit Riesling Trocken 2015: The Mosel River is the sinuous spine of the Mosel region, changing direction so often as it flows northeast toward the Rhine that it meanders nearly 250 km/150 miles, to cover about half that distance as the crow flies. Together with its two small tributaries, the Saar and the Ruwer, the Mosel composes one geographical entity. Although each river’s vineyard area produces a distinctive wine, they share a family resemblance: a fragrance reminiscent of spring blossoms, a pale color, light body and a refreshing, fruity acidity. Piersport, when Manfred Breit is located, is nestled in one of the Mosel’s loops and has been making outstanding wines for many generations. Since 2000, Holger Breit has been the winemaker and has focused on producing wines that are expressions of their place, using natural yeasts under control conditions. This dry riesling has great floral notes with nice citrus and orchard fruits to back it up. Pair this with chicken, duck, shrimp, spicy/aromatic herbs, delicate cheeses, roasted veggies that have some sweetness, or just sip it on your patio! Plus, as a 1 liter bottle, it is a great value. 100% Riesling
- Peirano Estate “The Other” Red: Making a truly wonderful wine begins with only the best estate grown fruit from the heart of the Lodi Appellation. They make their vines struggle, through techniques like deficit irrigation, to help concentrate the fruit flavors. They hand harvest into small bins to keep the fruit intact for its trip to the winery. Keeping each varietal separate through the entire fermentation and aging process, they allow each grape to fully express its true character. The final blend, currently 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Syrah, is made to be greater than the sum of its parts. This wine has a vibrant color with aromas of black cherry, raspberry, candied fruit and dried cranberries that are complemented by spicy, toasty oak notes. Similar notes follow on the palate with a rich mouthfeel. This blend allows the best characteristics of each variety to shine and is a great accompaniment to many cuisines, including a great day of grilling.
- Nugan Estate “Alfredo” Second Pass Shiraz 2013: When a young Alfredo emigrated from Spain in 1940, he had a clear vision of his family’s new life in Australia. Today, his legacy sees the Nugan family established as one of Australia’s most successful agricultural enterprises. This Second Pass Shiraz is sourced from our family’s premium vineyards in the Riverina, Australia. After fermentation, the wine was softly bag pressed before racking onto the pomace and yeast lees of our premium “Alfredo” Dry Grape Shiraz adding to the wines’ intensity, essentially using the ripasso method. Thereafter, the wine was maturated in French and American oak for 12 months resulting in a wine of a deep garnet color with a crimson hue. On the nose, it has rhubarb and cherry tossed with tobacco, cocoa, and a distinct earthiness. Black raspberries, blueberries, more cocoa, lead into well developed velvety tannins that would pair well with seared game meats, bone-in veal cuts, or aged sharp cheeses. 100% Shiraz
Don’t forget that tomorrow, we are having a special Saturday tasting!