Going for gold

19:48, Jan 24 2012

Hot days and sultry nights are perfect for drinking the bottled summer that comes out of Marlborough.

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2011 - $28
4.5 stars
With a slightly green hue and a herbal nose, this is a very appealing wine. Citrus and green capsicum flavours predominate and there is an impeccably long finish of passionfruit. An elegant wine, largely because of lovely minerality and perfect acidity. Delicious.

Mahi Boundary Farm Sauvignon Blanc 2010 - $29
4 stars
A wine of contrasts. There is a delicate nose and a soft mouth-feel that has, no doubt, developed with age. Mahi takes its time getting the wine to bottle and it shows. The palate is bursting with classic gooseberry flavours, complemented by a hint of lemon.

Astolabe Valleys Wairau Valley Riesling 2011 - $16.99
3.5 stars
Made with grapes from Grovetown, this is a fresh, clean wine. It is pale in appearance and the nose is stone fruit and apple. A delightful citrus palate is rounded off with a crisp, dry finish.

Saint Clair Godfrey's Creek Reserve Pinot Gris 2011 - $25.50
3.5 stars
From one of the region's finest producers comes a slightly dry pinot gris. If you like pear, you should enjoy this wine! Pale gold in colour, the palate is dominated by gorgeous pear tastes with a pinch of spice.

Auntsfield Estate Pinot Noir 2009 - $38
3.5 stars  
For the red-wine drinkers, this is a warm, inviting, dark red pinot noir, particularly the day after opening. A slightly floral nose is followed by a palate of savoury characteristics and good ripe berry fruit. Still slightly tight, this wine is well-structured and just starting to unravel.

Jules Taylor Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 2011 - $25.90
3 stars
Very popular in Austria, Gruner Veltliner barely features in New Zealand. This wine is perhaps a taste of things to come. Soft, simple, medium-bodied and slightly sweet, there are also flavours of spicy pear and peach. An attractive lunchtime wine.