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Wine tour operator, wine writer and lapsed physiotherapist. "Nature abhors a vacuum. I personally hate dusting."


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sticky moment - Spy Valley Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

Phil Parker runs Food & Wine tours around Auckland New Zealand

It was one of those moments when you have been invited to friends for dinner and you offer to bring pre-dinner nibbles. And then you realise, bugger, you don't have anything much at all to bring.

Then - lightbulb FX, I realised that we hade some very nice French Brie plus a Bleu d'Auvergne, and a chunk of fab NZ Whitestone cheddar. I made a cheese board up, added some crystallised ginger in a little dish and took the Spy Valley Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2009 out of the fridge where it had been lying unloved for some time.

The French often serve sweet wines, such as Sauternes with pate de foie gras as a pre dinner thing - so we substituted some great cheeses for ther savoury element.
Verdict: fantastic. The Spy Valley Late Harvest Savvy was a treat - rich flavours of passionfruit, lychee, ripe pineapple and cape gooseberry jam, with a subtle crisp acidity on the finish. A really perfect match for the stronger cheeses.


  1. Oh God I love stickies....I've threatened to steal a bottle from one of the legals offices at work if she doesn't hurry up and bloody drink it.

  2. Yep - lot of (pseudo)wine snobs dismiss them but I like 'em! Yum yum.

    Another match I heard just today from an Aus client: sweet wine, blue cheese and ripe fresh pineapple