New World Wine Awards 2017, go beyond the go-to

New World Wine Awards 2017New World Wine Awards 2017

Sometimes you would like your own personal shopper. Someone who gets your taste and takes the time to really sort through all the mis-mash (and there’s a lot!) in the world to make your choices clear and clean-cut.

Well, it may not be fashion, but with the New World Wine Awards, you basically have some of the best wine judges, winemakers and wine writers pre-sorting, hundreds and hundreds of bottles of wine to bring you the best. It’s a slam dunk.

With the New World Wine Awards’ ranking system and medals you are sure to easily find wines you know of, some new favourites, and at the right price point to explore a bit more than you generally would. So we encourage you to go beyond the ‘go-to’ and get in there, these wines are seriously delicious!

So, as a guide for the adventurous wine soul, or for those that secretly want to go beyond Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, get out your glasses, we are going to give you some notes on how to ‘Take Wine Road Less Traveled’, or at least that of going to your local New World supermarket.

The Doctors’ Riesling 2015

The Doctors' Riesling 2015

The Doctors’ Riesling 2015

First we start off with the Champion Wine and gold medal Aromatic. Now this is a category that intimidates a lot of people. There are a lot of names that are difficult to say with German/Austrian origin, and the wine styles can be across the board from sweet to super dry. But there are some really amazing examples made in New Zealand. We should be proud that we have so many diverse varieties and growing regions to make so many world-class wines. So today we are diving into Riesling, I personally love this variety.

The 2015 Doctors’ Riesling is a lower alcohol wine at just 9%, so it’s a perfect afternoon accompaniment. Produced by Forrest Wines in Marlborough, it could well be an apothecary for this vibrant bouquet that wafts past with its beautiful, delicate and floral perfume. You know immediately you are not in Sauv country anymore with its luscious roundness that is full of bright granny smith and pear, with peach and turkish delight mingling in as well. Full and round, it offers a touch of sweetness that may just be your next move from Pinot Gris. I would love to sit back with a glass of this wine with a plate of crackers, blue cheese and sliced granny smith apples. Makes my mouth just water thinking about it!

Moving on, we are going to try out a region that is not as well-known as it maybe should be. Martinborough has long been making some of the best, well structured Pinot Noirs in the country, but it seems like Central Otago and Marlborough get the limelight both domestically and internationally. However this region, while stoic and hardworking, makes some amazing examples with many regional qualities.

Russian Jack Pinot Noir 2016

Russian Jack Pinot Noir 2016

Russian Jack Pinot Noir 2016

And what a perfect wine to personify this region and history as Russian Jack is actually a mysterious man who lived from 1878-1968, and who picked grapes for decades at various vineyards and now has a statue in Martinborough honouring his contribution. It also symbolises the hard work that comes from making good wine.

The 2016 Russian Jack Pinot is intriguing with a smoky tobacco whiff that draws you into a nose that is full of dark plum and cherry, hints of oak and chocolate. You know that this wine has secrets behind the soft supple fruit, you can tell it has been on many adventures and is wise and can offer you some insight into what Pinot Noir is in Martinborough. Its husky voice soothing you with tales of wonder, giving you notes of spice and delight and then lulling you with its soft, lingering finish.

Now on our trail of adventure we are jetting off to new lands, well Spain to be exact. I love to try foreign wines. It gives us a completely different taste profile than what we would be able to achieve here in New Zealand and also highlights what characters can be found on our home turf.

Real Comañía de Vinos Tempranillo 2016

Real Comañía de Vinos Tempranillo 2016

Real Comañía de Vinos Tempranillo 2016

Spanish wines can be really approachable and I highly recommend trying out some Tempranillo and Rioja examples if you like interesting red wines. This particular wine won the Champion Single Variety Red Wine and a gold medal.

The 2016 Real Comañía de Vinos Tempranillo is alluring, deep and dark and spicy. Like a true latin lover, this one likes to whisper sweet nothings with lush black fruit and an underlying sexyness that makes you inquisitive for more. From colour to flavour to finish this wine is smooth and dark, enigmatic and alluring. Perfect for that date night when you want to show off your wine skills and something different!

These are just three examples of gold medal and champion wines from the New World Wine Awards 2017. You can check out the full list of results here.

So get out there, pack your kids, your husband, partner, dog or flattie into the car and go shopping!

Cheers,
Emily