I am not a big drinker. So when I was given the bottle of te Pā Oke Sauvignon Blanc to try out I figured that to give it a comprehensive once over it had to be enjoyed in the best way possible – with a really good friend.
Direct from the MacDonald Family Home Vineyard in New Zealand, where the estate has been part of the family for more than 800 years, they attribute the complex flavours to the rich topsoils of the lower Wairau Valley.
They harvest the fruit late in the season to capture more fruit flavours, resulting in a less acidic structure and lending itself to fermentation in oak. This particular te Pā enjoyed life in 500L French oak puncheons, and left to wild fermentation with minimal intervention. This all results in aromas of white peach and nectarine underpinned by blackcurrent and herbs.
All of this makes for a beautiful story, but in all honesty it doesn’t mean all that much to me. What I do know is that this particular wine was fruity and refreshing. In fact it was the perfect drink on the Autumn evening that Sophie and I drank it as the leaves were turning gold and combining it with homemade food straight from a well-harvested garden.
As the wine flowed so did the laughter… what more can one ask to find by the end of a bottle?
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