Kiwi wine­maker’s twist on the clas­sic sauvi­gnon blanc comes up roses

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Dalby Herald - - LIFE TASTE -

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.

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