THE NEW ZEALAND WINE WEEK COMMENCES ON 30 JANUARY: CHECK OUT THESE NEW RELEASES

THE NEW ZEALAND WINE WEEK COMMENCES ON 30 JANUARY: CHECK OUT THESE NEW RELEASES

On Monday 30 January 2023, Dublin Will Host The 26th Annual Trade Tasting Of New Zealand Wine.
This is the time of year when New Zealand's latest Sauvignon Blanc releases are hitting international shelves. After a meager harvest in 2021 that almost resulted in a global Sauvignon Blanc shortage, the 2022 harvest has been plentiful, in contrast to the meager harvest that resulted in a global shortage in 2021. Nevertheless, it became clear at a new release tasting held in November that what needs the most attention are varieties beyond the behemoth that is Sauvignon Blanc, which makes up 72% of New Zealand's wine production and 85% of the country's total wine exports.

Take A Look At These New Releases:

Smith & Sheth Cru Heretaunga Syrah 2019

A wine dream was realized by Steve and Brian in 2014 when they created a wine company to craft impeccable wines from vineyards of exceptional quality and create experiences where like-minded individuals could share these wines. The structure of this Hawke's Bay Syrah will allow it to age for at least ten years. Featuring brilliant fruit purity and gorgeous complexity, the wine displays dark berry, floral, vanilla, spice, and roasted almond flavors. With ripe fruit flavors that are combined with a refined mouthfeel and seamlessly woven tannins, the wine is concentrated and flowing on the palate. An excellent structure ensures the gradual evolution of this composition, which is poised and harmonious.

Akitu A1 Pinot Noir 2020

Akitu's 12-hectare vineyard is set in Central Otago's Upper Clutha basin at 380 meters above sea level on a stunning north-facing slope. Pinot Noir is the only grape grown on the vineyard. An intense ruby to the edge with a purplish hue contributes to its density. A blend of spice, aromatic wild herbs, and brambly fruit combine to create a rich, complex flavor. There is a great deal of complexity in the whole bunch, but the integration with the primary fruit following has begun very well. It is characterized by depth, intensity, and hints of anise and licorice that add dimension and intrigue to the aromatic profile. It takes an hour for the layers of florals to unfold in the glass or decanter, especially the dark rose petals. This wine is plush and gracious, with very fine velvety tannins encircling rich cherry and plum fruit. Intense spice and subtle graphite build up to form a savory exit with a theatrical sparkle of fruit after a silky mid-palate. Having a great deal of composure and polish, balanced on broad shoulders. Serve with Mediterranean-style lamb - butterfly a leg of lamb and season with salt and olive oil.

Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Dry Riesling 2020