Growing Region: Waipara Valley, NZ
Winemaker: Cleighten Cornelius
Yes - I am proud to say I am a Riesling Lover - as this varietals give so much refreshment and complimentary flavours to such a varied array of fresh summer cuisine. The Riesling fruit for this wine was sourced from a single vineyard, the wineries ‘Mound’ vineyard in the Waipara Valley. The vineyard was planted in 2002 on terraced gravels and along with the Valley’s long and cool growing season, provide ideal conditions for crafting quality Riesling.
Growing Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Winemaker: Bryn Richards
At the beginning of this year I had the pleasure to spend a week in South Australia visiting a number of winemakers - while basing myself at the stunningly beautiful Chapel Hill Winery-Retreat. So I got to spend some quality time with Bryn, Michael Fragos (chief winemaker) and the team. They craft wines with character which display purity in regards to varietal and vineyard site, wines which everyone can enjoy.
Jorge Moreira graduated with a degree in ‘Winemaking’ in 1995 from the Vila Real University (with his post degree training done in Italy). Jorge then joined ‘Real Companhia Velha’ for seven years and was involved in the initial development of their Fine Wine Division. He focused on researching the most ideal grape varietals and their adaptation to different viticultural practices so as to craft wines of an international standard and quality.
Jorge travelled across Portugal and abroad, participating in wine fairs around the world - taking the opportunity to sample as many wines and meet with as many winemakers as possible. All this being essential for him, as he could then better define what he liked and the style of wine he wanted to make.
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.