Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Wine: Jonathan Ray

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Wine: Jonathan Ray

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We're heading south for the winter this week, specifically to South Africa and New Zealand, courtesy of Tanners of Shrewsbury.

First to New Zealand, a country whose wines I adore. I'm not alone: we in the UK are New Zealand's biggest market and happily spend more on each bottle of Kiwi wine than on wine from anywhere else other than France. New Zealand accounts for less than 1 per cent of the world's total production, but it must all come here.

The 2014 Tummil Flat Sauvignon Blanc (1) from Marlborough is unmistakeably Kiwi, being full of ripe gooseberry, cut grass and nettle aromas. And it is just so drinkable with perfectly balanced fruit and acidity coupled with an exhilarating freshness. It's absolutely spot on, beautifully made by Shropshire lad Sam Weaver, who's long been lauded for the quality of his main label, Churton. £9.95 down from £10.50.

The sister wine, the 2011 Tummil Flat Pinot Noir (3), also from Marlborough, is this week's bargain, with a full three quid off. And it's scrumptious indeed, demonstrating perfectly just how well Pinot Noir shines in the Land of the Great White Cloud. It's spicy and peppery with black cherry and damson notes and silky smooth tannins. Although full of fresh, ripe fruit there's a welcome savoury touch to the finish and I found it extremely moreish. …

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