Kiwi winemaker’s twist on the classic sauvignon blanc comes up roses
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WHAT do you get when you add a dash of pinot noir to a good Kiwi sauvignon blanc? For NZ winemaker Ta_Ku you get the Best Innovation – Wine award at the 2017 Australian Drinks Awards. Ta_Ku Sauvignon Blanc Pink, which launched late last year, is a contemporary take on the classic New Zealand sauvignon blanc. As a blend of sauvignon blanc with a dash of pinot noir, the wine retains all the characteristic aromas and flavours of New Zealand’s most recognised variety but pours with a beautiful rose gold colour. Accolade Wines’ Helen Kruger said the award was testament to the combined efforts of winemaking, sales and product management to this innovation to success. “Ta_Ku Sauvignon Blanc Pink is a truly innovative product in the wine category as it has been a real disrupter within the traditional sauvignon blanc segment,” she said.
Windowrie’s long lunch
THE date for the annual Windowrie Long Lunch in the central NSW district of Canowindra has been set, with this year’s lunch being a celebration of three decades of Windowrie. The lunch on Saturday, October 28, is an alfresco event, set among the meandering gardens of the O’Dea family’s Windowrie estate. Windowrie’s Jason O’Dea said this year’s Long Lunch would have a Greek theme. “The team is certainly looking forward to the challenges of matching our wines with Greekpush inspired dishes and while we would never impose a dress code, there has never been a better chance to wear a toga out to lunch,” he said. “Our Long Lunch has evolved over the past 16 years. We initially hosted a concert and then garden parties, and now the laid-back Long Lunch is the focus.” Bookings are essential with tickets at $135 each. Visit windowrie.com.au.