If you are in the southern hemisphere with the summer sun shining on the ocean, river, lake or possibly in your garden. The following wines are filled with character - and ideal pairing with summer festive cuisine. Ranging from toasting with good friends, pairing with crayfish to salmon, cold ham, turkey, pork or lamb and also with berry desserts and gelato ice-cream. All of these wines are ready to be shared and enjoyed over the coming festive season - cheers
Vintage Prosecco + NV Champagne + Sauvignon Blanc + Riesling + Pinot Gris.
Rosé + Chenin Blanc + Oaked Chardonnay + Pinot Noir + Grenache.
Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and a classic style 'Botrytis' Semillon.
Wine always tastes better when served from the right glass and at the ideal temperature.

 
 
Santa Margherita
Prosecco 52 Brut DOCG 2014


Grape Varietal:
100% Glera

Region: Valdobbiadene, Italy

Winemaker: Massimiliano Luison

Brief Tasting Note:
Lifted floral aromas, with ripe pear, peach, sweet apples and acacia blossom and subtle hints of pineapple invite your senses. The palate is well-balanced, with restrained acidity and elegant fruit flavours, with a fine perlage on the refreshing finish.

*NZ$32.90. Chill and serve at 8-10°C
Pol Roger
Brut Reserve NV


Grape Varietals:
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Meunier Blend

Region: Epernay, France

Chef de Cave: Dominique Petit

Brief Tasting Note:
White floral elegance, refreshing pip-fruit flavours along with integrated biscotti characters and an exquisite continuous mousse of tiny bubbles. Subtle layers combine to create a balanced versatile style, Suitable for all occasions.

*NZ$79.90. Chill and serve at 8-10°C
 
Jules Taylor
Marlborough Sauvignon 2016


Grape Varietal:
100% Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Marlborough, NZ

Owner / Winemaker: Jules Taylor

Brief Tasting Note:
Aroma showcasing citrus and passion-fruit notes, mixed with perfectly entwined accents of lemongrass and fresh herbs. This vibrant wine captures the essence of Marlborough, with engaging flavours giving a long well-rounded finish.

*NZ$22.90. Chill and serve at 8-9°C
Mud House
‘The Mound’ Riesling 2015


Grape Varietal:
100% Riesling

Region: Waipara, NZ

Winemaker: Cleighten Cornelius

Brief Tasting Note:
Aromas of citrus fruits, elderflower and a hint of spice. The palate showcases those citrus notes which are supported by flavours of nectarine and honeysuckle. A touch of minerality on the generously fruity finish.

*NZ$22.90. Chill and serve at 8-10°C
 
Brookfields
‘Robertson’ Pinot Gris 2016


Grape Varietal:
100% Pinot Gris

Region: Hawke’s Bay, NZ

Owner / Winemaker: Peter Robertson

Brief Tasting Note:
Some of the oldest producing Pinot Gris vines in Hawke's Bay. Nashi pear, peach and honey with a pinch of ginger on the nose. There is good palate length, thus endorsing its universality appeal and is excellent food wine - enjoy.

*NZ$21.90. Chill and serve at 8-9°C
Routas
Rouvière Rosé 2015


Grape Varietal:
Cinsault, Grenache & Syrah

Region: Provence, France

Winemaker: Jean Louis Bavay

Brief Tasting Note:
Aromas of freshly cut watermelon and tangerine skins. All of these characters carry onto the silky palate, alive with wild early summer strawberries, along with pink grapefruit and an entwined mineral seam, and a refreshing classic dry finish.

*NZ$22.90. Chill and serve at 8-10°C
 
Matawhero
‘Church House’ Chenin Blanc 2015


Grape Varietal:
100% Chenin Blanc

Region: Gisborne, NZ

Owners: Kirsten & Richard Searle

Brief Tasting Note:
The nose is inviting, showcasing citrus fruits, floral and orange zest notes. On the palate your senses are engaged with white fleshed stone-fruits and honeysuckle flavours, perfectly balanced and lifted by fresh lime, finishing crisp and silky smooth.

*NZ$24.90. Chill and serve at 8-10°C
Nga Waka
‘Home Block’ Chardonnay 2015


Grape Varietal:
100% Chardonnay

Region: Martinborough, NZ

Chief Winemaker: Roger Parkinson

Brief Tasting Note:
Ripe pip and stone-fruits and subtle oak notes on the nose. The palate is rich and complex with generous, ripe stone-fruits, spice and mineral flavours underpinned by well-balanced French oak, resulting in a long finish.

*NZ$32.90. Chill and serve at 9-11°C
 
EON
‘Bendigo’ Pinot Noir 2012


Grape Varietal:
100% Pinot Noir

Region: Bendigo, Central Otago, NZ

Owner / Winemaker: Ben Glover

Brief Tasting Note:
An engaging aroma of red cherries and dried herbs and background oak. The palate has great structure, integrated tannins, ripe dark plums, black cherries and varietal acidity and all coming together for Xmas.

*NZ$44.90. Serve at 15-16°C
Chapel Hill
‘McLaren Vale’ Grenache 2014


Grape Varietal:
100% Grenache

Region: McLaren Vale, Australia

Chief Winemaker: Michael Fragos

Brief Tasting Note:
Inviting aromas of red plums and mulberry fruits, with some black cherries and subtle herbs. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture, with generous flavours, balanced tannins and a great deal of charm. Simply delicious.

*NZ$29.90. Serve at 16-17°C
 
Geoff Merrill
‘Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2008


Grape Varietal:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Coonawarra & McLaren Vale

Owner / Winemaker: Geoff Merrill

Brief Tasting Note:
Aromas of dark berries and dried herbs and earthy notes. This full-bodied, complex wine, which has excellent structure - showcasing blackcurrants and bitter chocolate notes, well integrated oak, firm tannins provide a refined character and long finish. *(Decant for 30mins)

*NZ$44.90. Serve at 17-18°C
De Bortoli
‘Noble One’ Botrytis Semillon 2013


Grape Varietal:
100% Semillon

Region: Riverina, Australia

Owner / Winemaker: Darren De Bortoli

Brief Tasting Note:
Alluring aromas of citrus marmalade, quince and vanilla bean and oak. The palate is a medley of quince, fig, honey, apricots, peach and citrus characters which offsets the richness and lusciousness to give a deftly balanced length and style to the finish.

*NZ$36.90. Chill and serve at 8-10°C