(1) Fairhall Downs Estate Wines
-Marlborough, New Zealand
-Vintage 2006 (DRINK NOW)
-L.C.B.O. PRICE: $20.00 (approx.)
from a winery that has always impressed me with the overall quality of
their wares, the 2006 Fairhall Downs Sauvignon Blanc is quite
limy/lemony, with lots of gooseberries on the nose and palate. Carrying
a terrific finish, this wine is the epitomy of first-rate, zesty and
crisp NZ Sauvignon Blanc.
PAIRING SUGGESTION: Rainbow trout --- enjoy!
(2) Martinborough Vineyard Estate
-Martinborough, New Zealand
-Vintage 2005 (DRINK NOW OR HOLD)
-L.C.B.O. PRICE: $34.00
Though the Sauvignon Blanc grape varietal is unquestionably NZ's 'white
trump card,' it is becoming increasingly recognized that NZ is capable
of producing excellent Burgundian-like Chardonnay; and the 2005 from
Martinborough would seem to confirm this concretely. Showing great
finesse, with the lightest of butterscotch and vanilla, this is a very
refined and unique item. Quite pleasing!
PAIRING SUGGESTION: Pasta with a white wine-based sauce in light herbs --- enjoy!