What’s in the glass tonight June 19th – Methode Traditionelle


Man O War Tulia 2012

Man O’War Tulia Methode Traditionelle Blanc de Blanc 2012 – $$$

100% Chardonnay from the ‘Pururi’ vineyard on Waiheke Island. Bought at Akl Duty free, consumed in Fiji…

11.9% alc., 6 g/L dosage. Yellow gold, with moderate bubbles.

Lifted bouquet of peach, apple, nuts and (strong) yeasty brioche lead into a palate of firm stone fruit flavours and citrus. Lees and oak backbone. Grapefruit finish. A lively, racy sparkler. 89 points

 

What’s in the glass tonight on Anzac Day April 25th


medals

An important day today, for several reasons. It had a early, solemn start at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park where L and I attended the Dawn Service to mark the 100th anniversary of the Anzac invasion at Gallipoli in 1915, along with 20,000 other Wellingtonians and visitors. I wore my Grandfather’s WW1 medals. Lest we forget.

Then, later that day, after a bike ride with the Chosens and a nana-nap, L and I made some important plans, and then went off to the Museum Hotel for a nice glass of wine, before getting ready to head for D’s place for dinner with him and his partner D, and guests J and R.

Te Mata Cape Crest 2014

Te Mata Estate Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc

What a great wine this is. A complex and distinctive fresh bouquet. Delicious to drink. Great oak handling. A treat. Perfect choice for the day after International Sauvignon Blanc Day!

then off to D’s for Roast Duck. Yum!

Anzac Day dinner party April 2015

Palliser Estate Methode Traditionelle 2009 – $$$

We brought a bottle of this to share first up with the other guests. Funky aromas. Fine fresh fruity bubbles. Classic brioche flavours. Dry finish.

From the Cellar: Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir Martinborough 2008 – $$$

This was such a treat. Gorgeous red cherries and complex savoury notes on the nose. Spicy and dense and ripe fruit flavours. Rewarded decanting. Just wonderful. BTVG 4+