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NZ Specialty Whites Tasting results

17 August 2016 (Cuisine magazine Issue 178)

Keen exploration by our winemakers is producing some interesting specialty whites, writes John Saker.

top NZ Specialty Whites

Matawhero Church House Chenin Blanc 2015 (Gisborne)

Chenin blanc, like riesling, comes in a range of styles. This is an off-dry rendition, with its sweetness nicely balanced by zesty acidity and textural grip. A generous fruit core offers up a salad of intense apple, nectarine and quince flavours, and the wine resolves beautifully with a long, crisp finish.
Serve it with roast pork and crackling, together with a Waldorf salad.

| $26
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Peter Yealands P.G.R. 2014 (Marlborough)

John Belsham was impressed by this wine’s elegance; John Saker by its “pristine personality”. It has meadow-fresh clarity and lift, and great fruit concentration. Yellow flower, rose petal and spice notes come together in what is a very successful arranged marriage between pinot gris, riesling and gewurztraminer.

| $14.95
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