Riesling * 75cl * 13% ABV * Waipara, New Zealand
The price of quality Pinot closer to home (Burgundy, Germany, even England) seems to rise exponentially year on year. New Zealand, however, consistently offers top quality juice at a snip, compared to the likes of Gevrey-Chambertin et al. This is brightly aromatic with warm spicy oak and dark ripe forest fruits. Earthy and savoury with plenty of flavour that avoids jamminess. This was served as a representation of the Commonwealth on the Royal Barge during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - a regal endorsement if ever there was one!