I had a great reponse to the last weekly six pack, apologies to those who missed out on getting the West Brook Riesling in their packs.
Here is my selection for this week.
Quartz Reef Central Otago Biodynamic Methode Traditionnelle N.V
You don't need a special occasion to open a bottle of bubbly. Colour is light yellow. Bouquet has fruit, lime and cream. Palate is rich, textural and refreshing. try with fish and chips on the beach
Kakapo Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016
A lifted honeyed nose and a fine crisp acidity. This is a luscious, broad and elegant wine with a strong mineral backbone, fine balance and a long textured finish. An exotic texture with lush fruit flavours made in a dry style.
Food Match: Seared scallops, seafood dishes or Thai food
Kahurangi Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Ripe fruit elements of passionfruit, mango and gooseberry flavours with a good length and fresh zesty lime finish.
Serving Suggestions - A delicious, crisp, refreshing wine served chilled with seafood, seasonal asparagus or freshly shucked oysters.
A Growers Touch Hanwood Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
This old vine Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark, deep lilac with magenta hues. It has aromas of lush briary blackberry and blackcurrant, partnered with plum, clove and vanilla. On the palate, classically varietal with blackberry and blood plum. Food Pairing: Enjoy this wine with braised beef short ribs, garlic chicken wings, Porcini risotto & blue cheese.
A Growers Touch Hanwood Shiraz 2017
Moderately inky Shiraz with bright, fresh, dark berry, plum and subtle spice flavours. A high energy red, with refreshing acidity and subtle tannins. Deliciously drinkable now, but no rush" Bob Campbell, Master of Wine, The Real Review, Aug 2018
Infame Chile Reserve Carménère 2016
Medium body, fresh, fruity, tannins present, very moorish with a long lenghty aftertaste
Six Pack 1 of each $118.00 = $20.00pb Save $26.00
12 pack 2 of each 216.00 = $18.00pb Save $72.00
Joke of the day
I am aware of a person ripping off Winz by giving a false address, which of course would be backed up by a mate should Winz enquire.
Receiving two food parcels a week, sharing a lovely place, and of course plenty of spare money for 'extras'.
While some people are doing it very hard with losing their jobs, this person obviously has no conscience whatsoever. Very, very proud of his ability over many years to use/abuse the system to its fullest extent.
Do not ask me to support food parcels while this is going on. Time for Winz to tighten up.
Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,
Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).
In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.
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