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Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Merlot Blend and Viognier on tastings this week

Four stunning wines make up this week's tasting line up. It does not get a lot better than this!

Matahiwi Estate Pinot Noir

GOLD at the CWSA Best Value Awards

"The 2013 Matahiwi Estate Pinot Noir displays a range of red and black berry fruits with a subtle touch of spicy, savory and smoky notes giving the wine complexity. Its texture is a bit plush on the palate but certainly not in the overripe camp, and there is a good balance of acidity giving the wine a pleasant lift. Try this Pinot Noir with grilled pork or lamb, especially with some kind of wood chips, or salmon on a cedar plank. The smoky flavors in the food will make this wine pairing even more enticing. Enjoy!"

- Gary M., Beltramo’s Wine Consultant

Sister's Run Shiraz

2 Gold Medals at CWSA

Served on V Australia's Upper Class Wine List, this wine has lovely aromas of red berries mingling delightfully with spice and black pepper notes. The palate is dry, medium-full bodied and amply rewards the promise of the nose. Suggestions of spice, plus red and black fruit, with a crisp acidity and appropriate tannins keeping everything balanced through the end of the long and tangy finish. It's a truly versatile wine from talented winemaker, Elena Brooks.

Leveret Estate Reserve 2009 Merlot Cabernet

4 Stars Raymond Chan

This is officially a WOW! A 2009 vintage with 5 years aging in oak, some new, this amazing wine offers what Raymond Chan calls "an elegant, but intense Merlot/Cabernet blend with spicy plum, cedary oak and lifted elements, and a smooth mouthfeel, now in its secondary stage of development." An absolutely delicious and hard to find wine.

Falconhead Hawkes Bay Viognier

This wine took off at its last tasting. You may never have tried a Viognier. It's a delicious wine a little reminiscent of Chardonnay in mouthfeel, but somewhat more floral in nature. The apricot, musk and orange blossom aromas of this wine are complemented by a hint of vanilla from the barrel. Subtle oak continues to influence the palate combined with a soft acidity. The palate is full bodied with fruit flavours of pear and apricot. You'll find it a delightful change from your normal white wine choices and a real talking point at your next party. Grab a case, people will love it! The 2013 vintage won the Air NZ Wine Awards Trophy for White Wines of Another Style.