Glossy garnet-red colour and oozes attractive aromas of raspberry coulis, cherry and dark chocolate. In the mouth expect lavendar and dried thyme, supple, easy tannins and a smooth, warm finish. Drink with chargrilled eye fillet wrapped in prosciutto on garlic mash.
Vibrant and ruby-hued, this heaven-sent half 'n half blend of Merlot and Malbec is blessed with fresh raspberry, cherry and blackcurrant aromas and clean, pure, fruity length of flavour. Passion is lovely with all manner of spicy, eastern-style dishes and creamy soft cheeses. The Blushing Monk behoves itself to all manner of spicy, eastern-style dishes and creamy soft cheeses. Awards: Silver Medal - AirNZ Wine Awards 2012
Lifted dried herb, blackberry and peppercorn aromas lead to a lush, spicy, cranberry infused medium-bodied red with a slippery-smooth finish. A good match for herb-crusted lamb racks and rosemary roast potatoes.
REGION: Central Otago Sub Region: Bannockburn APPEARANCE: Golden, straw colour BOUQUET: A full bodied wine showing citrus and tropical aromas PALATE: The palate is rich with stonefruit and vanillin supported by a lingering minerality typical of the region, which provides great length.
The nose displays depth and elegance with subtle hints of sea shell and citrus. A captivating long fine palate with flavours of citrus and brioche enhanced by toasty, nutty and yeasty notes, leading a long crisp brut finish. Akarua Vintage Brut 2011 is a wine of character and complexity.
VINEYARD Harvested out of the lower Awatere Valley in Marlborough. VINIFICATION 50% whole bunch pressed to preserve aromatics, it was then fermented cool in stainless steel and allowed to sit on lees for an extended period to develop body and texture. APPEARANCE Pale straw in colour. BOUQUET A vibrant bouquet displaying classic passion fruit and gooseberries with a hint of flintiness. PALATE A broad and luscious palate exhibiting citrus tones with a backbone of crisp acidity. CELLARING It is ready to drink now and is best served slightly chilled. SERVING TEMPERATURE 14-16°C FOOD ACCOMPANIMENTS A platter of icey cold raw oysters. Fresh crayfish cooked on the BBQ served with buttered crusty bread and a crisp green salad.
Strawberry notes dance across a creamy palate of soft summer fruits with a vibrant citrus finish. A benchmark Central Otago sparkling rosé from fastidious producers, this is just disgorged and beautifully fresh.