THE VERY BEST ANZAC WHITE WINES
Netball, cricket and of course rugby – is there any activity that doesn’t bring out that competitive rivalry that we Aussies and Kiwi’s have come to enjoy and expect over the decades? Well at least there is one day of the year we cousins from across-the-pond come together, reflect, share and celebrate all that has been sacrificed and all that we enjoy as a result.
In celebration of this amazing day, and our unique trans-tasman relationship, here are our top recommendations for some of the best wines from both of our beautiful and lucky countries. Happy Anzac Day Cuz!
SAUVIGNON BLANC FROM THE LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD
Is there anything more enjoyable on a hot day than a crisp Sauvignon Blanc from the land of the long white cloud? Can’t think of too much to be honest. Produced for the first time in 1979, Sauvignon Blanc placed New Zealand on the map as a wine-producing country, and its assertive, herbaceous style proved highly popular with wine-lovers from around the globe. Renowned for its tropical fruit aromas, Sauvignon Blanc is now the country’s most widely planted and produced variety. Here are our top 3 drops:
Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 750ml
Fermented in aged French barriques, this Sauvignon Blanc displays tropical and citrus aromas framed by a fresh acidity and underpinned by a chalky mineral complexity. The palate is finely textured with gooseberry, subtle lychee and mineral flavours leading to a persistent finish.
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 750ml
An exuberant wine brimming with flavours of pineapple, passionfruit, stonefruit and a hint of herbaceousness. The finish is fresh, zesty and lingering.
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 750ml
This Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is an elegant offering. Bright, lifted citrus aromatics of kaffir lime and grapefruit abound, supported by ripe nectarine-like notes. An elegant white with a concentrated palate reveals juicy stone fruit and lemongrass, supported by a lovely minerality. Its crisp acidity leads to a mouth-watering and persistent finish, suggesting a sauvignon blanc with ageability.
FOOD PAIRING TIP: All of these drops will pair well with summer fayre, in particular salads, asparagus dishes, seafood and many Asian (particularly Thai and Vietnamese) cuisines.
THE GREAT AUSSIE BATTLER – THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN CHARDONNAY
Where would Australia be without the great Aussie Charddy? A hit in its hey-day mid 80’s, this resilient little drop keeps reinventing itself – and just like Pavlova, Vegemite and John Farnham this marvellous and versatile Aussie staple holds a special place in the heart of Australian wine lovers here and across the globe. Here are our top 3 drops:
Moss Wood Chardonnay 750ml
The wine has a medium to deep straw colour in the glass. The nose has the full complement of Moss Wood Chardonnay fruit aromas – limes, peaches, marmalade, roast almond and malt biscuit. The extended barrel age and malolactic fermentation has added in some toasty, spicy oak and interesting bread and caramel notes. Complex indeed. The same themes continue on the palate, with full body and high acidity combining with peach, nut and cheese flavours, providing generosity and length. The finish has some toasty oak, with some tannin evident.
Shaw & Smith M3 2015 Chardonnay 750ml
Stonefruit and citrus, contemporary and elegant. Aiming for elegance, restraint and the ability to age: the acid brings freshness and there’s generosity of flavour. Typically it shows white flowers, citrus, and nectarine notes. The 2015 vintage is true to style. The palate is long and flavoursome, with mid-palate texture and bright acid. A note of brioche adds complexity.
Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay 750ml
A vibrant and expressive nose, characterised by a classical fruit profile of Nashi pear, lime curd, ripe white peach and quince. Nuances of flint and sweet cinnamon feature in the background. Subtle layers of complexity are conveyed in the form of lifted floral notes of pear blossom and jasmine, combining with savoury toasted sesame and cashew. A gentle and restrained entry shows great poise. Purity and clarity of fruit is underpinned with lively pear, grapefruit and lime flesh. The mid-palate is textural with slight creaminess and generous with concentrated fruit. The degree of width through to the back palate is balanced with a fine line of natural acidity formulating enviable length.
FOOD PAIRING TIP: All of these wines will partner well with light and delicate seafood and shellfish like crabs, prawns and grilled white fish. Also ideal with vegetable terrines and Italian pasta or risotto with spring vegetables.