Australia & New Zealand in Focus

Here we looked at Premium wine-growing areas of Australia & New Zealand and tasted a few choice bottles.

During the session in February 2015, we tasted:

*Andrew Spinaze for Marks and Spencer, (Verdelho), Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia, 2012, MYR89

**Kaituna Hills Reserve (Chardonnay), Kaituna Hills for Marks and Spencer, Martinborough, New Zealand, 2011, MYR109

***Earth’s End, (Pinot Noir), Duncan Forsyth for Marks and Spencer, Central Otago, New Zealand, 2010, MYR179

****Reserve, (Shiraz), Charles Cimicky, Barossa Valley, South Australia, 2012, MYR145

*Chief winemaker at Tyrrells
**”deftly oaked”
***Chief winemaker at Mount Edward wines, natural yeasts, organic, 11 months french oak, 25% whole bunch
****Seasoned new oak

Food and Wine Matching:

Mushroom and Spinach Korma with Raita, Naan, Poppadoms
Fresh Mango

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During the session in November 2013, we tasted:

Cloudy Bay, (Sauvignon Blanc), Marlborough, New Zealand, 2012, MYR112

Reserve, (Riesling), Toi Toi Wines, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2012, MYR86

True Colours, (Cabernet Sauvignon), Rob Dolan, Yarra Valley, Australia, 2012, MYR84

Shiraz, Schild Estate, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2010, MYR100

Food and Wine Matching:

The Ultimate Greek Salad
Damp Lemon and Almond Cake with mixed berries

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During the session in March 2013, we tasted:

Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Auntsfield, Marlborough, NZ, 2012, MYR79

Chardonnay, Hunter Valley, A Spinaze for M&S, 2011, MYR119

Pinot Noir, Tasmania, Andrew Pirie for M&S, 2010, MYR89

Beyond, (Shiraz), “Miles from Nowhere Winery”, Margaret River, 2010, MYR52

Food and Wine Matching:

Curried Butternut Squash Soup
White Bean & Bacon Dip with Rosemary Pita Chips
Chocolate Macaroons