Two lovely white wines we’d like to share for summer sipping are the Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2014, a great reflection of New Zealand’s Malrlborough terrain. Stone fruit and citrus flavors are completed by tropical notes . The wine is 13%ABV and is imported in the U.S. by Pasternak Wine Imports.
The second, from South Africa, lends itself to an after dinner drink thanks to its richness and sweetness. It is the Nederburg 2011 Special Late Harvest. Nederburg has been making wines since 1791 a great heritage. This wine is full of rich dried fruit aromas such as apricot and raisin, acidity and also has more than a few honey notes. It lends itself so savoring and enjoying at the end of the meal. It is a blend of Muscat d’ Frontignan. Chenin Blanc, Weisser Riesling and Gewurtztraminer.
Summer’s winding down but we still crave the crisp whites that cool us on hot, sultry days. The Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from New Zealand reached out and grabbed our attention this week with its beautiful combination of flavors from guava, lemongrass and grapefruit to tropical fruits with a lingering finish. “Bright” describes this wine well but so do “crisp,” “dry” and “fruit forward.” It contains 12.5% ABV, is moderately priced and offers good value to diners and restaurateurs alike.
The well drained soils and mild temperatures of New Zealand provide a great climate for winemaking. At Dashwood, a brand of Vavasour Wines created in 1989, the goal was to blend grapes from the Wairau and Awatere Valleys in Marlborough.
The Pinot Noir 2013 is a lighter red, ideal for those who don’t want to abandon red wines in the summer months. Elegant, with notes of blackberry, plum and cherry, it’s bold and well balanced with soft tannins and good structure. The fruits yield vibrant flavor. The wine, which is 13.5 percent ABV, makes the perfect complement to a variety of dishes from roasted chicken to salmon, duck and pastas.