# Taster Pack 4 (Tier 1&2) 12 Btls: New World

Taster Pack 4

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Price: ¥1,315

Welcome to our latest incarnation of Taster Pack 4

In this example, we have gathered 6 pairs of distinctive New World wines, each of which make a very respectable introduction to the local regional style for each grape variety. ‘New World’ for a geography lesson means NOT in Europe, when it comes to wine.

See how the vines you already know from Europe fare in this ‘south of the Equator’ collection: And even from the continent of Africa:. This may be the first time you tried a Chenin Blanc or a New Zealand Pinot Noir.

We even have startlingly great wine from Uruguay, China and more South Africans competing to get into these Taster Packs so when the BIN ENDS are all gone, we’ll substitute in our reliable and often otherworldly replacements; waiting in the wings, just itching to jump in alongside the trustees from Chile. Some newly sourced Australians and Argentinians are also vying for the glory of inclusion.

Please click on the wines listed below to extend/retract descriptions.  

2x Mannenberg Shiraz South Africa

Well, well, well. This bottle was opened on a night when I felt really adventurous. Very, very surprisingly good and for little money. The stable-mates do a great job too for little money also, and regularly turn up in restaurants at very reasonable prices too (especially the Chenin Blanc), but due to it’s south African origin, few seem interested in China. Pity.

For me, South African red wines can be summed up as ‘Australian with a earthy, French centre’. That’s a broad sweeping statement, true, but it’s my take. SA whites are splendidly New World, with Chenin outshining many other parts of the world (all others?). We found this as the house wine last night (April 2014) in one of our local restaurants (although we don’t supply it) and it’s great value in such places too, much like the Chenin Blanc from the same producer). What I found in this wine was a new go-to sub ¥100 wine, and worth every bit it’s 16.5pts

June 2014 update: It is always an interesting note worth mentioning when a Wine Man deliberately returns to a wine shortly after testing it formally. Just did that here again with a 2010 bottle. Same response, yet with a little more bottle development really adding up to produce awesomely well integrated wood to give it a nice elegant polish. 17pts.

2x Klaine Zalze Cellar Selection Bush Vine Chenin Blanc South Africa BIN END

The grape of Vouvray, with plenty more flavour here than many an overpriced French château can muster. Certainly gives the Loire something to think about.

Medium straw colour. Strong lime, tropical, ripe pineapple aromas on the nose. A well-balanced wine with an elegant acidity. This medium full style Chenin Blanc will mature for up to two years in the bottle.

Food Matching: This wine will compliment most seafood dishes, especially a prawn risotto and a juicy, seared tuna steak. I like it on it’s own, chilled and refreshing.

It will also go well with pork chops, smoked gammon, chicken and spicy Indian dishes. Enjoy at 6-8°C (ooh; that’s cold).

2x Fernway Pinot Noir New Zealand

This is a steal at the price, given the price of most NZ Pinots. It’s sister Sauvignon Blanc is very popular indeed with our customers. Well made wine, yet in a low cost bottle to keeps overheads down makes this great value.

I still can’t decide which style of Pinot I prefer: New World or Old. Truth be told, I drink very little Pinot Noir. It’s not a wine I can claim to understand the point of, unless its one of the Burgundian juggernauts I seldom have the cash laying around to delve into. I have tried far too many Pinot Noirs made in the wrong region, by the wrong producer, jumping on bandwagons. Consequently, rather cross about it, I generally don’t bother messing about at the lower end of the market.

In so many ways, this example is very unlike the French Pinot Noir from Drouhin that we looked at in the first of this series of taste tests. Here there’s a lot more lightness, strawberry tones, warmth: Less earthiness. And I have to say, for me, it works. I have to be in the mood for it though: Maybe chilled, maybe not. Maybe food, maybe not. It remains an enigma to me I can’t quite grasp. 16.5pts

2x Fernway Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand

One of my very favourite white wines and certainly my favourite Sauvignon Blanc this year. This is our second top selling white wine now. It is a powerful expression of the Sauvignon Blanc grape for which New Zealand has now achieved legendary status. Marlborough is the epicentre of that revolution. The wine is pale straw in hue, with an impressive aromatic attack full of ripe asparagus and cucumber and melon.

Drink cold and fresh and on its own for the sheer experience of pleasure. The flavour profile is complex with wonderful crispness from highly integrated acidity. The long refreshing finish is incredibly moreish.

Some have commented that it beats NZ masters like Sacred Hill and Oyster Bay hands down. Praise indeed. I’m not sure about that but at less than half the price of the latter….

2x Torres Hemisferio Cabernet Sauvignon Chile

Intense ruby colour. Exquisite aroma of wild berries and spices over a rich background of leather and liquorice. The fruit tannins and vegetable notes stand out on the palate.

If I am not mistaken, there is a dollop of Carmenere in this Cabernet Sauvignon and a fine blend that makes it too. The luminosity is there and the sweet sweet spicy notes.

And to top it all, Torres supports the Chilean Patagonian wilderness. Ethics; that’s what we like.

March 2104: Vintage 2009 Now; this wine is being featured in the Wines and Spirits Education Trust course (WSET) which already says enough about it’s worth. But it deserves a revisit, to figure out exactly ‘why?’. What was rediscovered after an absence of a year or so was a truly happy experience: A powerhouse of herbals and fresh acidity over-pinning soft, gentle tannins with a generous silkiness. That is why the WSET people include it in their look at Cabernets. Many reasons to look here for budget minded cabernet aficionados too. 15.5 pts

2x Hemisferio Sauvingon Blanc Chile

A fresh, floral wine with a fruity body and a silken palate of great finesse.

Displays intriguing notes of exotic fruits (passion fruit, grapefruit). Its silky palate is exquisitely intense, with a good acidic structure and a prolonged, joyous finish.

Nov 2011: Tasting this right now, 4 days after opening, the acidity has diminished a little or the softer fruit notes have developed into a rather pretty partnership.

January 2013: This brand really has really developed and begun to compare very favourably to our very own San Medin SB for expression. It’s cheaper too….. just! I would go on to say that something rather special is happening with this winery. Chile is now more than capable of making the rest of the Sauvignon world a little nervous.

Again, these purchases support the Chilean Patagonian wilderness.We help out where we can.

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