It’s Friday. It’s the first day of February. It’s Fine Wine Friday!

Every Majestic store opens a bottle of Fine Wine on the tasting counter on the first Friday of the month. That’s 191 bottles of Fine Wine open all at once… wow!

In the grip of bleak weather, Hansi our Fine Wine manager at Majestic HQ heads to the lands down under for Fine Wine Friday this month. A couple of cracking wines to provide that warming pick-me-up…

HansiAustralia Day has just passed and Waitangi Day is coming up on the 6th of February, so we should celebrate with wines from these countries. First, turning to New Zealand. In the land where Sauvignon Blanc is king, Pinot Noir provides for a very attractive queen. Martinborough, just north of Wellington in the North Island, was one of the regions that put Kiwi Pinot Noir on the map, and it’s to Martinborough Vineyards I turn when I feel the need for a taste of NZ’s finest. Perfumed aromas of red cherries, vibrant and sweet red berries, hints of wood-spices and a touch of earthy complexity waft from the glass. In the mouth the wine is medium bodied, very vibrant and rounded sweet fruit flavours, with good tannic structure, long length and a spicy, fresh and layered finish. I always say, good Pinot can age for up to ten years if you can resist drinking it! This wine definitely falls into this category, it’s beautiful now, especially with venison and red cabbage, or with duck!

From the other side of the Tasman Sea, the rich, warming and heady Ironstone Pressings GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) fits the bill to drive away the winter blues. Grown in the McLaren Vale by d’Arenberg from three classic Rhône grape varieties, the plum, blackberry and beguiling red-berry scented wine tempts the nose and then delivers power, structure and warming flavours in the palate. Big and juicy, very warm and ripe. What more does one need as the wind howls past the window and the rain lashes down? This is not just a simple Australian behemoth, but layered, complex and, like the Kiwi Pinot, drinkable at any age. Pair this with almost any form of red meat, with a stew or casserole.

Thanks Hansi. You can find these wines online here and here. Have a look at what Fine Wine your local Majestic store has open too on their virtual tasting counter.

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