Can you imagine sitting back and enjoying a succulent roast pork, served with a gorgeous, fruit-forward Marlborough Pinot Noir? Or how about a fresh and intense Marlborough Sauv, paired with just-caught seafood and a simple salad?
Wine writer and critic Raymond Chan has us salivating with his latest reviews of our Koha wines. We've recently released the new vintage 2015 Pinot Noir and 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, and both have been given a glowing 4 star review from Raymond.
Raymond describes the experience he had trying our Koha Sauv for the first time:
"Bright, light straw-yellow colour, paler on the rim. The nose is gently full and harmonious with rich passionfruit aromas along with fresh herbs and subtle underlying notes of nettles and cut grass. The aromatics are integrated and even in expression. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is slender in proportion with elegantly concentrated flavours of ripe passionfruit entwined with green apples, fresh herbs and hints of nettles.
"The flavours show good depth and are guided by a fine-grained phenolic line, and enhanced by fresh, crisp acidity. The wine has good linearity leading to a light, textured, dry finish of passionfruit and nettles. This is an elegant, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit and nettle flavours on a grainy, textured line. Match with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years."
If red wine is more your thing, then our new 2015 Koha Pinot Noir is a must-try.
"Even ruby-red colour, paler on the edge. The nose is soft with red cherry fruit aromas melded with fresh and dried herbs, unfolding red floral and raspberry notes with hints of liquorice and spices. Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweet and lively flavours of red cherry and berry fruit entwined with soft herb, liquorice and spice notes.
"The flavours are gently mouth-filling and supported by light, fine-grained tannin structure with balanced acidity. This has sweetness and energy, and the wine carries to an elegant, lingering finish of red cherries and liquorice. This is a moderately rich, lively Pinot Noir with red cherry, liquorice, herb and spice flavours on a light-structured palate."
Raymond suggests the Koha Pinot would pair nicely with poultry and pork dishes, and will be drinking at its best over the next 4 years.