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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wines for the Auckland Summer

Summertime… time to bid farewell to big grunty Shiraz and Cabernet blends.  A time to smell the  sun block and barbecue smoke, feel the sand between your toes and listen cricket on the radio.  And time to embrace wines and drinks that can stand a bit of chilling and match well with outdoor entertaining, salads, BBQs and our fabulous fresh Auckland seafood. Cheers!

Matua Spritz $NZ 18.00

Pale blush pink colour, off-dry style with aromas and flavours of red summer berry fruits.  Crisp and refreshing with a spritz of bubbles and 10% alcohol make this a great summer cooler quaffer.

Kim Crawford Pansy Rosé  2012 $NZ 25.00
Marketed at the gay community in 2005, Pansy has become a favourite with summer sippers. Vibrant pink, this fresh and just off-dry rosé is all strawberries and cream and red berry fruits. 

Matua Single Vineyard Dartmoor Chardonnay  $NZ 56.00
Toasty Oak on the nose, with crisp apple, Golden Queen peach, brioche and hazel nut on the lengthy palate.  The fruit is selected from Hawkes Bay Dartmoor vineyard’s 25 year old vines.

Gladstone Vineyard Sophie’s Choice Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2011  $NZ 35.00
Fermentation in French oak makes a very classy Sauvignon that will appeal to Chardonnay fans. Delicately toasty, rounded and with a lengthy palate.  Flavours of ripe peach, hazel nut, cape gooseberry and tropical fruits.

LST Energised Ice Tea $NZ 2.50 250ml
Comic Willy de Witt and his pal Peter Murphy launched this alternative to sickly B-vitamin energy drinks.  This is a blend of tea, lemon juice, cane sugar, natural caffeine, Acai and Guarana.  Available locally at Early Bird Bakery and Bhana Brothers. Or online at

Phil Parker is a wine writer and operates FineWine & Food Tours in Auckland. 

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