Leslie Wil­liams

Irish Examiner - Weekend - - Food -

Pinot Noir ear­lier this year. New Zealand has also had some re­cent suc­cess with Grüner Velt­liner and Pinot Gris and al­ways watch the shelves for NZ Ries­ling, a grape that is par­tic­u­larly suited to their cli­mate. In reds there is no es­cap­ing NZ Pinot Noir, which of­fers a fuller tex­ture and a touch more ripeness than Bur­gundy, but most im­por­tantly it of­fers value. At the up­per end, the finely-honed Pinots of Cen­tral Otago from the likes of Fel­ton Road of­fer just as much racy com­plex­ity as any vil­lage Bur­gundy and can still com­pete on price.

Be­low is a se­lec­tion of some good New Zealand wines I tried in re­cent months, plus a cou­ple of bar­gain wines. New Zealand is not al­ways the best place to look for bar­gain wines but in the €18-€30 bracket the qual­ity is as good as any­where in the world and the wine-mak­ing so con­sis­tent that it eas­ily de­serves to be sell­ing so much wine in Ire­land

Diary: New Zealand Wine Fair Mon­day, Jan­uary 14, Radis­son Blu, Dublin 8; 6.30-8.30pm, €15. Tick­ets via Eventbrite — https://goo.gl/KwGNRg

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