Made with 900 or so of Marlborough's finest grapes, and very little else, this wine has classic aromas of apricots and stone fruit, zesty citrus peel and toasted cashews. The palate is layered with good fruit concentration, showing the more clean, linear notes of citrus, white peach and lemon before opening up to a more robust spicy flavour profile that is held together by the underlying toasty oak components that make a balanced yet beautifully luscious Chardonnay.
Vibrant and ruby-hued, this heaven-sent half 'n half blend of Merlot and Malbec is blessed with fresh raspberry, cherry and blackcurrant aromas and clean, pure, fruity length of flavour.
Passion is lovely with all manner of spicy, eastern-style dishes and creamy soft cheeses.
The Blushing Monk behoves itself to all manner of spicy, eastern-style dishes
and creamy soft cheeses.
Awards: Silver Medal - AirNZ Wine Awards 2012
REGION: Central Otago Sub Region: Bannockburn APPEARANCE: Golden, straw colour BOUQUET: A full bodied wine showing citrus and tropical aromas PALATE: The palate is rich with stonefruit and vanillin supported by a lingering minerality typical of the region, which provides great length.
VINEYARD Harvested out of the lower Awatere Valley in Marlborough. VINIFICATION 50% whole bunch pressed to preserve aromatics, it was then fermented cool in stainless steel and allowed to sit on lees for an extended period to develop body and texture. APPEARANCE Pale straw in colour. BOUQUET A vibrant bouquet displaying classic passion fruit and gooseberries with a hint of flintiness. PALATE A broad and luscious palate exhibiting citrus tones with a backbone of crisp acidity. CELLARING It is ready to drink now and is best served slightly chilled. SERVING TEMPERATURE 14-16°C FOOD ACCOMPANIMENTS A platter of icey cold raw oysters. Fresh crayfish cooked on the BBQ served with buttered crusty bread and a crisp green salad.
Aromatically this is classic Marlborough Chardonnay. Pineapple, nectarine, and hazelnuts, with a good oak foundation. Palate is immediately met with oak but the fruit is strong enough to fight back and fill the mid-palate. The acidity gives the wine good length, and the lees and wild ferment characters complete a moderately complex chardonnay.
This wine perfectly displays the grapes flavours achieved during
the growing season. If you have ever had the fortune to taste
real Turkish delight – this wine screams of rose and lemon Turkish
delight. If you have not been to Turkey and feasted on their
delight – no need! – it’s right here in the glass! The more
flamboyant among us may suggest lychee’s as well. This wine has
excellent balance and excellent drinkability.
This Marlborough Pinot Gris has delicate hints of ripe pear and apricots. On the palate this wine is soft and moreish and the fruit carries right through to the finish. An off-dry style which finishes clean and crisp. Serve this versatile wine as an aperitif with a platter of hard cheeses, with fish, or stone fruit desserts.
Fresh citrus and nettles with hints of passionfruit on the nose. The citrus and passionfruit follows through to the palate with hints of dried herbs. The wine is perfectly balanced with lovely texture and an appealing finish.
Sauvignon Blanc can be enjoyed on many occasions: either on its own as an aperitif, or accompanied by seafood and salad dishes. Try sitting at the waters edge on a thick blanket with some crispy fresh fish and chips your best wine glasses and a bottle of this, ensuring of course that there is no liquor ban!
Serve lightly chilled.
Floral and lemon aromas with subtle underlying tropical notes, follow seamlessly through to the palate. Beautifully balanced with mouth-watering acidity resulting in a truly fruity wine with a long lingering finish.
This dry style single vineyard Rosé could just as easily win your heart. It's fragrant with vibrant raspberry coupled with watermelon and pomegranate on the palate, a wonderful balance of fresh flavours and soft textural elements.
Vibrant and classically Marlborough aromas, passionfruit, guava, lime and kaffir with hints of tropical mango. A perfectly balanced almost juicy palate that carries through all of the vibrant tropical perfume, with great depth of flavour and rounded texture. A complex yet very enjoyable style that is brimming with flavour and multifaceted aromas. Easy to drink on its own but also suited to food because of the harmonious balance of the palate.
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