What to drink this weekend
July already? Good grief, how did that happen? The only thing to do is stare vacantly out the window, contemplate the universe for a minute, then focus on the task of finding other things to worry about. Like what to drink this weekend...
Pask Declaration Hawkes Bay Cabernet Merlot Malbec 2010
While everyone's going gaga over the big, buxom reds coming from the 2013 vintage, this elegant, silky little beauty just quietly sneaks on to our shop shelves. Smooth and velvety after extended maturing in bottle, there's sweet cocoa, prune and leatherbound loveliness on the nose followed by seductively ripe berryfruit, soft, smoky, savoury layers of flavour, fresh acidity and finishing with deliciously dusty tannins. Woof.
Spy Valley Envoy 'Johnson Vineyard' Dry Riesling 2013
This wine is so dry you could probably use it to dehumidify your walk-in wardrobe. And I mean that in a good way. This wine is intensely limey on the nose, with a twang of chalk dust and apple skin for good measure. Razor-sharp, bony acidity and concentrated, citrus complexity on the mid-palate and finish make this a lengthy, lip-puckering riesling for those who like to dance on the dry side.
Vidal Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
Very pretty, bright and buoyant in the mouth, this is a crowd-pleasing pinot that's packed with classic red berry, cherry, hedgerow fruits and sweet black tea and baking spices. It's still just a puppy, with clean, fresh acidity and a slippery, tangy finish. If you can keep a bottle or two away from your persuasive friends for another year or three, then you'll definitely be rewarded.
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