What’s in the glass tonight March 21st


Macon-Villages Chardonnay Cave de lugny 2013

Off Topic: Macôn-Villages Chardonnay Cave de Lugny Bourgogne 2013 – $$

A hurriedly-chosen alternative to an NZ Chardonnay for tonight’s quaffing while watching NZ play the West Indies in the fourth Quarter Final of the Cricket World Cup on television.

This wine is produced by the co-op Cave de Lugny from the department of Saône-et-Loire, Bourgogne.

Pale gold. 12.5%. A particularly nutty nose, specifically roasted pine-nuts, which obscures and somewhat defeats the delicate underlying golden fruit aromas.

This delicacy of nose translates to a light-bodied and straight style of Chardonnay, with restrained fruit, quite creamy to taste. Minerally too, especially on the finish. A reasonable citrus edge at the close as well.

G 3

And NZ won by 143 runs…

What’s in the glass tonight January 18th


Ohau River Sav Blanc 2012

Wellington Anniversary Weekend

There few things more enjoyable than a dinner party at home with good friends.

L and I invited several couples over for dinner in the weekend. Great food and conversation was enjoyed, washed down with delicious wine!

We enjoyed as aperitifs wines such as Sileni Cabernet Franc Rose Marlborough 2013, a favourite of L’s; the classic and perfect Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough 2013 provided by M&G; and a bottle of Ohau River Sauvignon Blanc Horowhenua 2012 – a softer styled, round and well balanced sav from north of Wellington.

Dry River LH Riesling 2008

With our dinner of roast chicken with olives and tarragon, D&D provided a wonderful white Burgundy – J Drouhin Macon-Villages 2012 from Beaune – lean and clean, classic restraint, a wonderful simple food wine. With the dessert of nectarines, ice cream and warm toffee sauce they treated us again with the notable Dry River Late Harvest Riesling 2008 – classic kerosene notes, golden honey and stone fruit, and that gorgeous Riesling ‘tang’. Yum.