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New Zealand wines excite the palate of Wine Discovery ladies

Monday 21 February 2011

Wine chairlady Evi Hock made a connection with wine and food expert Jane Ingold when she visited Australia in January this year and got some wine tips from Jane's parents. At last month's event Jane introduced us to six different New Zealand whites, and described the regions in New Zealand from where the wines originated. Our taste buds were tingling with excitement.

First Jane described her background and current job as a chef and food stylist for Coop. She now runs her own business catering to private lunch and dinner parties in and around Zurich. Her mother was born in Wellington, New Zealand, but she herself grew up in Sydney, and has always been interested in wines from 'down under'. She mentioned that Cloudy Bay wines had put New Zealand on the map and although pricey, they can be obtained from a few wineries and food stores here in Zurich, as well as featuring at Expovina, the wine fair. Jane's speciality is matching wine to food, and we were keen to learn more.

We tasted the following wines:

  • Kennedy Point Sauvignon Blanc 2008, originating from an island in Auckland harbour but having the Marlborough name on its label. A good apero wine, citrusy, taste of gooseberries, light and summery, this wine would go well with seafood and is available widely at Zurich wineries.
  • Serasin Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2008, also from Marlborough in the south island, and can be bought in city centre food and wine stores. It was blended and aged in French oak; it was fizzy on the tongue and could complement salmon or Asian foods.
  • Renato Sauvignon Blanc. We noticed its striking label. This wine comes from Nelson in the south island and costs less that CHF20 a bottle. It had an acidic taste and would go well with fish, smoked salmon, or be enjoyed on its own.
  • Bilancia Pinot Grigio 2007 from Hawkesbury. A dry wine with a melony taste which would go well with asparagus. The vines originated from France and the US.
  • Matua Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009, a young dry wine tasting of gooseberry and blackcurrant. It would be nice with chicken or spicy food. It's available in Coop wine shops.
  • Charles Wiffen Riesling 2007, an interesting taste. Again from the Marlborough region, it had a honey taste and would go well with seafood pasta or quiche.

The next day our hearts were with Jane when we heard on the news about the terrible earthquake in Christchurch. Former ZIWA President Trudy Hawkins-Lorenc, who now lives in New Zealand, wrote to ZIWA appealing for support for the victims and their families.

Julia Newton, 22 March 2011.

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