Very pale. Shy nose with ripe fruity notes and a hint of petrol. Expressive on the palate, light body, good balance and a nice fruity taste. Good quality and an unbeatable price.
Very pale in colour, but don’t be fooled, because its bouquet is intense and very characteristic of Marlborough Sauvignon. Elderberry, passionfruit and cut-grass aromas leap out of the glass, flavours that are replicated on the palate. Medium-bodied, dry, elegant and precise: this is a beautifully balanced wine with great length and sensibly priced.
Classic lychee and honeysuckle aromas delight the nose. Rich honeysuckle and ruby grapefruit flavours fill the medium-dry palate. Spicy tropical fruit and citrus peel notes persist on the finish. Refreshing with the cheese course, even after main-course reds.
At this time of the year it’s port season. This innovative style is lighter than a Late Bottled Vintage but there’s no sacrificing intensity of flavour. A nose of blackcurrants, smoke and tar gives way to more elegant flavours of raspberry and plum on the palate.
Pasteurized only once (most sake is twice pasteurized), this is an intensely fragrant, fresh and aromatic sake boasting traces of ginger and sweet melon. Very crisp and lively in the mouth, its flavours lean towards bright pear and citrus, with some vanilla and banana. Medium-dry with a long, memorable finish, this elegant junmai (which comes across as more junmai gingo — maybe even junmai daiginjo) married beautifully with an ethereal dish of scrambled egg whites, fresh Dungeness crab and silver fungus.
Dense purple in colour with a cedary, blackcurrant bouquet; full-bodied, dry with richly extracted blackcurrant and blueberry flavours. Firmly structured with ripe tannins and will reward 2 to 3 years cellaring.