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"Verdejo is Spain’s great white grape that was under appreciated until the 1970s when it was given a new lease of life by winemakers who recognised its high quality potential and began making fresh zingy white wines, such as this stellar bargain buy."
- 4 Stars, Joelle Thomson, Wine Writer
Have you heard of Verdejo?
Not so well known in New Zealand, but we think it’s an interesting varietal to try – especially for any Sauv lovers out there. Verdejo is one of Spain’s most widely planted white grapes, this one comes from Rueda on the Duero river just northwest of Madrid. It’s pale yellow in colour, with notes of fresh grass and fennel on the palate. There’s also an interesting flavour of peach which weaves its way through the glass. Try it with smoked salmon, or roasted red peppers for a flavour explosion! - Wine Central Tasting Panel
Verdejo, named after the green ‘verde’ colour of its grapes (and unrelated to Portuguese Verdelho) is a highly regarded Spanish white grape that is thought to have originated in North Africa and spread to Rueda in about the 11th Century by the Mozarabs before Moorish rule. its total plantings increased threefold between 2004 and 2011 with over 18 000ha it is Spain’s 4th most planted white variety but there are virtually no plantings outside Spain. Once more famous for its fortified styles it has, since the Marques de Riscal saw its potential for dry white wines in the 1970s become something of a rising star. The Rueda region has 11 000ha of Verdejo that straddles the main road from Madrid to León where the ground is rocky and full of gravel from the alluvium left by the River Duero as it passes through the area.
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A glass of pure fruit. Grapes taken from the Matahiwi Estate home vineyard are picked ripe and bursting with concentrated sugars. They’re then taken to the winery when they are fermented in steel at low temperatures which is essential in maintaining those fruit flavours typical of Pinot Gris. Pear, citrus, honeydew melon and a core of zingy citrus make this one a crowd pleaser, especially when served with fresh seafood or chicken. - Wine Central Tasting Panel Alcohol: 13.5% [info Alcohol_Level="13.5%" Grapes="Pinot Gris" Seal="Screw Cap"] Read More
Freixenet’s most popular cava, Cordon Negro Brut is often referred to as the “Black Bottle Bubbly.” It’s the ideal sparkling wine for any occasion and this size is perfect for the Christmas stocking. Launched in 1974 and packaged in a specially ground, distinctive black bottle, Cordon Negro has became a huge success for Freixenet and served as its flagship product. A fine, persistent and abundant sparkle lifting to a good crown. Fine, delicate aromas, combining tones of green apple and pear, with light resonances of Mediterranean fruits - peach, melon and pineapple, over a base of citrus, all beautifully balanced... Read More
The Veuve du Vernay Brut is the ultimate holiday party wine and what better way to distribute the fun than in the handy 200ML size bottle. Gold Medal -Concours Mondiale De Bruxelles 2009 4 stars - Joelle Thomson, Tizwine.com 4.5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit "This is a hugely appealing sparkling wine. The inviting bouquet shows stone fruit, citrus, almond and floral characters, leading to a refreshing palate that's smooth and rounded. It's well balanced and silky to the finish" Sam Kim Wine Orbit Read More
Tenuta Ca' Bolani Prosecco is a step above most. Made by the great winemaking family of Zonin, this is fresh and lively Prosecco done very well; musk, grapey flavours, creamy mousse and very mouth filling. The estate’s Glera grapes are softly pressed and the must is kept at 0° C until ready for conversion into sparkling wine in stainless steel pressurised tanks, according to the traditional Charmat method. COLOUR:Bright, light clear straw yellow. White, persistent foam with very fine perlage.BOUQUET:Pleasantly fruity and with a good aromatic intensity, recalls wisteria flowers and Rennet apples.FLAVOUR:Extremely harmonious and pleasant with a hint of sweet almond, typical of Prosecco grapes.[info Alcohol_Level="11%" Grapes="Glera" Seal="Screw Cap"] Read More