Man alive are we delivering amazing lineups on the tasting barrel currently. Last week was a stunner with the Rapaura Springs Reserve Sauvignon Blanc shooting out the door from the moment we opened it.
This week we have four more stunning wines to share. It's definitely starting to act like White and Rose weather so we're opening up another spectacular white this week, this time a Pinot Gris from acclaimed vineyard Ara.
Ara Single Estate Pinot Gris
Coming from just one location in Ara's massive Marlbourough Vineyard means this wine will speak to the terroir and grape production with one united voice. The team at Giesen/Ara describe this wine as delivering delicate aromas of pear and nectarine which flow through to honeyed flora and citrus notes on the palate. On their website they offer a beautiful sounding Annabel Langbein recipe for Asparagus, Spinach & Lemon Risotto. You can read that recipe by clicking here. Picking up a Gold Medal at the NZ Aromatic Wine Competition, elsewhere you may pay up to $21.99 for this beautiful Pinot Gris, Manly Liquor's just $16.99.
Giesen Brothers Gewurtztraminer
Bob Campbell endorses with 4.5 Stars, Cuisine with 5 Stars and it was just awarded the Trophy for NZ's best Gewurtztraminer at the NZ International Wine Show. Intensely perfumed and deliciously flavoursome with Turkish Delight, lychees, tingly toasted aromatic spices, violets, orange oil, a lightly honeyed texture and lingering musky sweetness this is a true delight to sample. $30 at the cellar door, we're delighted to bring it to you for just $21.99. Yvonne Lorkin says "Great with garlic and chilli prawns." John and Ivan agree, great as a BYO at Manly Thai!
New from Johnny Q - Enchanted Tree Shiraz
Johnny Quarisa is the genius behind great Aussie Reds like Caravan Petite Sirah, the Shot in the Dark's, the Johnny Q's, 30 Mile Limit and Treasures, all wine labels that have enjoyed great success here at Manly Liquor. This brand new wine to the shop just scooped Trophy for Champion Shiraz/Syrah & Predominant Blends at the NZ International Wine Show. The judges tasting notes read "Wonderful flavours of blackberry, chocolate tart, espresso and vanilla are brilliantly supported by a richly textured palate that offers silky mouthfeel and loads of delicious flavours. An instantly gratifying Shiraz." With an RRP at $25, this is stunning value at $16.99!
Weaver Pinot Noir 2011
We've had the Weaver 2009 in the shop for months but we've changed vintage. Come and try the 2011 this weekend. It's every bit as good, if not better, as the 2009. Look at its accolades:
Gold Medal, Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014
5 Stars Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
5 Stars Winestate Magazine, Nov 2013 issue
Finalist – Pinot Noir Tasting, Winestate Magazine, 2013 Wine of the Year Issue
The winery describes the wine: "Lifted perfume and spice on the nose with berry fruits and toasty oak. Rich ,sweet red fruit on the palate, dried herbs and spicy oak. Medium
body with velvety, fine grained tannins." Yummy yeah? It's going to match well with any red meat meal, specially lamb roasts or a venison steak. It'll set you back $25 on special at teh cellar door...we'll do a little better for you...just $16.99 or $15.99 in a case deal. At the case price that's almost buy 11 get 1 free...almost!
Come on in Thursday through Saturday and give this terrific line up a taste. The stock up high, the silly season is nigh!