What’s in the glass tonight December 13th

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Mini-tour of Martinborough Wines

L and I were pleased to attend the 50th birthday celebration of G, a good and generous friend of mine, and fellow cyclist, at the weekend just gone. He held it on a cool afternoon in the lovely environs of a Martinborough vineyard belonging to Nga Waka. Our kids were there, as were his, and they all had a great time running up and down the vines. The company was great, and he hired a fantastic singer/guitarist who knew all the songs, and played for hours!

We were treated to sumptuous food (whole pig on a spit! my fav cheesecake!), along with a broad selection of local wines. G knows and likes his wine…

50th wine

Over the course of a long day’s party, I got to taste the Ata Rangi Petrie Chardonnay (elegant, restrained), both Nga Waka and Three Paddles (the second label) Pinot Noirs (involving floral notes on the nose), Nga Waka Sauvignon Blanc (lovely, but alas Roger Parkinson has pulled out his vines to plant more PN), Margrain Pinot Gris, Palliser Riesling 2012 (stunning) and a rich Hawkes Bay Bordeaux blend which name escapes me. What a treat!

Thanks mate.


What’s in the glass tonight Nov 3rd

Three paddles riesling 2008

From the Cellar: Nga Waka Three Paddles Martinborough Riesling 2008 – $$

This is my first Riesling of summer.

It’s a golden colour. 12%. Smells lovely and mature, deep, but no hint of any kero note poking through.

Very tasty wine, packed with flavour. Off-dry tending to medium now.  Ripe and luscious fruit; honey, citrus and toffee apple. It’s still crisp and fresh-tasting after 5 years in the bottle. Good timing to open it now. The wine may have tipped over by next year. 4