Although our friendly banter and light-hearted jokes have often inflamed the rivalry between us Aussies and our Kiwi counterparts, there’s one thing we certainly don’t joke about, and that’s their wine-making abilities.
Yes, if there’s one thing we can admit- it’s that our cousins across the ditch know what to do with their grapes!
In the spirit of this week, which pays tribute to us coming together and forging a timeless bond, we thought we’d celebrate the relationship by highlighting something we can both agree on- our love of a good drop of vino!
Here are some of the best on offer- from both sides of the vineyard:
The Charming Squire
For a brewery, our friends at The Charming Squire sure know a thing or two about their wine! These are some of the best on offer AND are both on tap! (Yes, you read that correctly – we didn’t know it was possible either!):
St Hallet | Garden of Eden Shiraz | Australia | 1944
The Bouquet: Dark forest fruit on the nose, with herbal characters and a hint of cassis.
Let’s Talk About the Palate: Fresh red fruit with subtle white pepper flow seamlessly across the palate. Smooth coating tannins lead to a persistent lingering finish.
Try it With: It’s matched to perfection with crispy skin chicken.
Jacqueline’s Ridge | Sauvignon Blanc | New Zealand | 2013
The Bouquet: Aromas of gooseberry and hints of tropical fruit lead to a subtle yet intense balance.
Let’s Talk About the Palate: A balanced full palate with crisp acidity and the distinctive mineral tones of Awatere.
Try it With: Pair it with any wood fired steak.
Andrew Marks ‘The Wanderer’| Chenin Blanc| Yarra Valley, Australia| 2014
The Bouquet: Understated with gentle aromatics.
Let’s Talk About the Palate: Wonderful zippy acidity and great mouth-feel. A rare ‘Euro’ style Chenin Blanc from one of the future stars of the Yarra.
Try it With: Try with raw tuna or kingfish.
Calvert Vineyard| Pinot Noir | New Zealand | 2012
The Bouquet: Dried spice and plummy aromatics.
Let’s Talk About the Palate: The power of Central Otago fruit is the driving force for the palate.
Try it With: Perfect with seared kangaroo or slow braised pork.
Obsession Chinese Restaurant
This is not your average run-of-the-mill ‘chinese restaurant.’ Obsession has a stylish and sophisticated wine list that packs a punch, here are two featured drops:
Whitehaven | Sauvignon Blanc| New Zealand | 2010
The Bouquet: Gooseberry, nettle and subtle tropical fruit and subtle tree fruit flavours.
Let’s Talk About the Palate: Well balanced with a clean and crisp finish.
Try it With: Perfectly paired with seafood.
John Duval ‘Entity’| Shiraz| Barossa Valley, Australia| 2008
The Bouquet: A highly expressive and complex bouquet of black fruits, liquorice and oak.
Let’s Talk About the Palate: A full-bodied palate with notes of dark chocolate joining the black fruits.
Try it With: This goes well with beef or lamb.