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What's On Taste: Friday 21st + Saturday 22nd February

This weekend, we’ll be showcasing two new wines to the store, a steely Australian Riesling and an elegant New Zealand Syrah.

We love bone dry Rieslings from South Australia, and have searched for a while for one that is also good value. We think we’ve found a cracker with Dandelion Vineyards ‘Wonderland of the Eden Valley’ Riesling 2012. The grapes come from vines planted in the early 20th century, are handpicked (not always the case in this price range) and winemaker Elena Brooks doesn’t fine or filter this Riesling either, so as to lose none of its character.

The Syrah comes from the Gimblett Gravels region in Hawkes Bay, which we think rivals the Northern Rhone for bringing out the perfumed, peppery elegance of this noble grape. Gimblett Gravels is on a dry riverbed, peppered with greywacke (pronounced “greywacky”) stones that help with drainage, and radiate heat at night to help ripen the grapes. Taste this blind, and you might think it comes from the old world.

Dandelion Vineyards ‘Wonderland of the Eden Valley’ Riesling 2012  (Australia £12.99)
Lean but certainly not mean, this super-dry Riesling comes from a 99-year-old vineyard. Citrus flavours with a touch of orange blossom, a twist of lime peel and whisper of exotic fruits.

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2011 (New Zealand £19.95)
If you like a good Northern Rhone Syrah, try this. A delightful combination of fragrant forest fruits, cracked black pepper with a silky freshness.

Wines for tasting are open from 6-8pm on Friday and 2-6pm on Saturday. It’s all free and there’s no obligation to buy.

WWD 20140221

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