These Kiwi wines are full of flavour, nuance and character

April 12, 2023
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PHIL PARKER with another bumper edition of his well-regarded wine column that’s as full-bodied and nuanced as his selections.

Folium Marlborough Rosé 2020 $35
Dry and subtle. Slightly savoury with cherry, pink marshmallow, and red summer berry fruits. Soft Finish.
Available: Dhall & Nash

Folium Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $25
Unusual yeasty bread dough flavours with soft acids. Black currant, green apple, gooseberry, and a hint of herbal fresh mint, with lime citrus.
Available: Dhall & Nash

Folium Marlborough Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $25
More subtle than the 2020 edition. Softer and integrated with cape gooseberry, green bell pepper, a hint of mango and a yeasty tang.
Available: Dhall & Nash

Lake Chalice ‘The Falcon’ Marlborough Riesling 2021 $15
Crisp and medium sweet style at 10.5% alcohol. Typical Riesling raisin and beeswax flavours with lime and nougat.
Available: Glengarry,

Folium Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018 $33
Spicy oak, mushroomy and dry, with assertive tannins, liquorice, Cuban cigar and dark chocolate.
Available: Dhall & Nash

Folium Marlborough Reserve Pinot Noir 2020 $48

Sealed with a cork. Savoury, soft and supple with black tea, gamey shitake mushroom, firm tannins and a hint of spice.
Available: Dhall & Nash

Collaboration Wines Aurulent Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2022 $40
Elegant and dry, with soft acids, vanilla oak spice, peach, passionfruit and persimmon. Tangy yeasty finish.

Martinborough Vineyard Te Tera Pinot Noir 2021 $28.50
Predominately savoury and spicy, with soft fruity cherry, plum, liquorice and anise. Hints of Cuban cigar and a dry finish.

Collaboration Wines Impression Hawkes Bay Red 2020 $35
Merlot, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc blend. A robust red with blackcurrant, liquorice, plum, and firm tannins. Cuban cigar, dark chocolate and savoury earthy spice.

Pegasus Bay North Canterbury Maestro Merlot/Malbec 2019 $55
Full-bodied and grunty, with stewed plum, dark berry fruits, spice, black olive, medium tannins and earthy savoury notes. A youngster that will get even better with two to three years in the cellar.

Folium Marlborough Late Harvest 2020 $45
Dessert style, sweet and deceptive at 13.5% alcohol. Canned apricot, honey, melon, honeysuckle and crème brulée with medium acids.
Available: Dhall & Nash

Pegasus Bay North Canterbury Encore Noble Riesling 2017 $44
Lush, unctuous and rich dessert wine made from grapes picked late in the season and infected with ‘noble rot’. Multi-layered flavours of grapefruit marmalade, clover honey, ripe pineapple, and crème brulée,
all balanced by a lively crisp acidity.



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Originally a physiotherapist, Phil's fascination with the fermented grape juice led to the launch of his wine tour company Auckland Fine Wine & Food Tours at the turn of the century. A seasoned and well-respected wine writer, Phil's oenophilia led to the publication of his wine region guide to New Zealand, The Mad Keen Wine Buff's Road Trip (Random House).

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