8 White Wines You Should be Drinking Now
Author: The Grogfather Date Posted:4 April 2016
“Beer is made by men. Wine by God.” – Martin Luther
Before we know it, spring will be upon us and white wines, stone fruits and soft cheeses will be making appearances on dining tables around the country.
The southern reaches of Australia are particularly suited to producing crisp white wines, but Australians often look across the Tasman to our Kiwi neighbours to source some of the greatest sauvignon blancs in the world. New Zealand produces world-class whites, especially in the Marlborough region in the north of the South Island. Here are our top 8 white wines to try this year.
1. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ
Cloudy Bay’s Sauvignon Bay is springtime in a glass: nectarine and lemongrass aromas are complemented by vibrant stone fruit, citrus and fennel notes. Hailing from the home of world-class sauv blancs, this uplifting sauv earns top spot as a white wine you should be trying now because of its sippability and value.
2. Coldstream Hills Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Vic
Victoria’s Yarra Valley is renowned for producing top white wines, specialising in Chardonnay and sparkling wines. In spring, the valley is verdant with vineyards, stone fruit and citrus orchards that flourish in mineral soils. The intense, fresh, fruity flavours of the Yarra Valley are brought to the glass in this rich, full chardonnay that’s ready to stand up to a cheese board or be paired with a marinara.
3. Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ
Saint Clair’s sauvignon blanc is all about texture. Smooth, silky, luscious textures pair with passionfruit aromas and a crisp finish. This top white wine pairs exceptionally well with seafood dishes. You can almost hear the seagulls when you take the first sip of Saint Clair sauvignon.
4. Squealing Pig Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ
The squealing pig boasts complex mineral notes with a lively kiwi fruit palate rich in tannins. This Marlborough white pairs well with spicy flavours like Thai curries. You’ll even get to enjoy the wee nursery rhyme on the bottle label.
5. Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ
Coriander, kaffir lime leaf and citrus make this another top white wine for pairing with curries. This wine offers phenomenal value for a good quality wine.
6. Yalumba Y Pinot Grigio, South Australia
We couldn’t be happier that Australian wineries are finally catching up to their European counterparts in regard to pinot grigio. While Australia produces some of the world’s best wines, this particular variety has struggled to find a place in local vineyards. Yalumba is one of the trailblazers producing an affordable and well-rounded pinot grigio that has already grabbed the Australian palate. This rich, full-bodied wine is quickly growing in popularity.
7. Devil’s Lair “The Hidden Cave” Chardonnay, Margaret River, WA
Subtle spices and a slightly limestone colour evoke an image of a hidden cornucopian cave. You won’t mind whether it’s in the Garden of Eden or the Devil’s Lair – this fresh and fruity wine is an image of abundance at either location. Spices, grapefruit and white peach notes are followed by nectarine and honey yoghurt.
8. Oyster Bay Chardonnay, Marlborough, NZ
This wine appears a straw green colour, matching its zesty lime notes. This crisp wine is great for celebrations – always elegant, refreshing and lively.
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