What’s in the glass tonight October 5th – Riesling


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Astrolabe Valleys Riesling Wairau Valley Marlborough 2014 – $

On Spring special at Regional Wines…this took a while to settle down after opening…a somewhat aggressive dry style of Riesling…

11.5% alc. Pale greenish straw colour.

Dry, lean and austere. Lots of citrus notes, & apples… a  premonition of lip-puckering flavours ahoy …with perhaps the occasional wince…

This wine had lots of character. Very assertive, and not so much built for ‘easy drinking’. Some will love this. It took me a few bottles over a couple of weeks to understand it and not freak out too much. Decant, and let it stand for a while. The acid starts to soften, and the fruit shows through. It has an expressive nose from the get-go, which helps a lot.

A hot day’s aperitif, or to accompany sweet seafood and you won’t go wrong.

88 points

What’s in the glass tonight October 2nd – Chardonnay


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Escarpment Chardonnay Martinborough 2011 – $$

L and I stayed the night at the Martinborough Hotel to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We didn’t get there until mid-afternoon, but managed to fit in a cheeky 50km ride out towards Lake Ferry and back via Kahutara Rd before dinner at Pinnochio Restaurant just off the main square. Very nice it was as well. They ran out of the dessert that L was keen on, so we shared a dessert and sticky back at the hotel.

This wine I chose as an aperitif before dinner…

Pale straw. 13.5%

Refined bouquet. Elegant. Some mealy aromas. Citrus dominant.

Lean & austere, somewhat sharp with citrus & minerals. Crisp, fresh and short. No where near as warm and full as the 2012 we drank a month ago…

Not destined to be a favourite, and somewhat fragile, as the flavours did not survive the trip back into town the next day.

84 points