|A NICE foil to spicy Thai foods, or with Italian|
creamy garlic or tomato-based pasta sauces.
THE Independent Liquor Retailers group that has something like 250 outlets across Australia, has launched its first private label wines that it whimsically calls The Owl & The Pussycat, and which will target those looking for quality wines in the $10-$15 price bracket.
They've launched with a New Zealand 2011 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and a 2011 Barossa Shiraz; the Sauvignon Blanc is quite a stand-out at $13.99 and was sourced from fruit from Marlborough's Awatere sub-region. The distinctive flint/mineral characters and natural acidity of the region has carried through in the wine, that also displays subtle tropical fruit flavours, passionfruit notes and lovely lemon/lime characteristics.
Certainly worth seeking out at to enjoy with Italian creamy garlic or tomato-based pasta sauces, or as a foil to spicier Thai foods. And the Independent Liquor Retaiilers group says it's also got a Cabernet Sauvignon and a sparkling in the pipeline.
|ONE to start thinking about with the|
Christmas turkey – they're a perfect match
Tempranillo was virtually unknown in Mick's day, but Tim and Pam have discovered how well-suited it is to the district, producing a full-bodied yet easy-drinking red with smooth tannins, strawberry flavours and a beaut hint of spice.
At only $15, far less than many other local Tempranillos, it's a wine that will go down well at the table with a wide diversity of cuisines – and certainly with the roast turkey if you're starting to think already about what to put on the table on Christmas day.
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