What’s in the glass tonight Christmastime 2014

L and I drove up to New Plymouth to spend Christmas Day with my sister S and my folks D and P. We took L’s folks along for the trip also. It meant a really early rise to get up there by midday. S made us all feel very welcome. It was really nice to see her in her new home.

We relaxed with a few wines out on the deck, before tucking into a fantastic Christmas lunch of turkey and ham and Christmas steamed pudding, then staggering through to the living room to open our presents. I was appointed Santa…

I was really lucky to be given a brace of Riedel ‘O’ series Pinot Noir stemless wine tumblers by L. Lucky me! I had been coveting a set of proper PN glasses to enjoy what is becoming my favourite grape variety. They have a generous bowl shape to generate a good head of bouquet, and a narrow opening to convey the aromas up to the nose.

I had a hunch this might be my gift, so I put a bottle of Gibbston Valley Gold River Pinot Noir 2013 aside for Christmas Day so I might give the glasses a proper ‘test drive’. The wine only rated a 3 however, and I won’t say anything more about it, save I think that reflected well on the glassware, but less well on the wine…

Otherwise on Christmas Day we all drank Lindaur Special Brut NV and Special Reserve Brut NV. This bubbly is acceptable and does what it sez on the tin. We then drank a bottle of Moet & Chandon NV which exhibited a far greater degree of class and restraint – an elegant and moreish drop. L drank one of her favoured Roses’s, Kim Crawford Pansy Rose 2014 which she enjoyed, and we also tucked into one of our favourite Chardonnay’s, Stoneleigh Latitude Chardonnay Marlborough 2013. A big day on the turps.

The next day we had to drive back to Wellington to pick up the kids from the ex’s. On the way we stopped off at Windermere Berry Farm just north of Whanganui to have a really nice lunch. Someone parked a vintage truck outside the café that played a medley of oldtime tunes on some sort of automated wind ensemble thing. Jaunty and weird. On the way out we picked up a bottle of their strawberry fruit wine. I’ll open this sometime over the summer…

Back in Wellington, the weather was wonderful, so we sunned ourselves in the back yard before dinner with a glass of this wine…

Ohau Gravels Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Ohau Gravels Sauvignon Blanc Ohau 2013 – $$

Straw colour. 13.5%. Nose of green green grass and tom stalk. Hints of honey and vanilla.

Austere, elegant fruit flavours – green capsicum, green apple, tangy citrus. Rain on river stones. A long, somewhat brusque finish. Better Than Good 3+

Not a great pairing with my own Christmas Cake and L’s warm toffee sauce. But it survived.

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