The Royal Easter Show Wine Awards are a highlight of Australasia's wine calendar, and we're delighted that our Pā Road range has taken out the golden egg this year.
Pā Road 2016 Chardonnay won a gold medal in the awards, with Pā Road 2016 Pinot Gris and Pā Road 2016 Sauvignon Blanc both taking out silver medals.
The gold medal winning Chardonnay has a complex and generous aromatic profile. It has initial impressions of buttered popcorn, flint, and citrus blossom which overlie ripe stonefruits.
The palate has nectarine, peach, and citrus pith characters. These are complemented by spicy oak, and a biscuity complexity. The texture is smooth and silky, with a nice line of acidity to keep the wine focused and in balance.
No wonder it took out top marks in the Royal Easter Show! Just a few weeks ago, popular wine personality Yvonne Lorkin called this very Chardonnay 'darn yummy', so it's obviously a pretty good drop!
While this modern Chardonnay is deliciously drinkable on its own, a worthy food match would include scallops wrapped in prosciutto, rich lobster, or BBQ chicken with a spicy chipotle marinade or rub.
As for our silver medal winners, our Sauv and Pinot Gris present incredible value and quality themselves.
The Pinot Gris, which was recently given 4 stars and recommended as a 'Best Buy' wine by Cuisine Magazine, possesses a lovely bouquet of exotic fruits, honey suckle, and lingering spice. The palate is rich and juicy, and explodes with flavours of nashi pear and guava.
The Pinot Gris would be well complemented by spicy food flavours. Try Thai green curry chicken skewers with a fresh salad, or for a more decadent option, try this wine with prosciutto-wrapped scallops.
And last but not least is our classic Marlborough Sauv. This Sauvignon Blanc possesses generous aromas of grapefruit, blackcurrant and fresh herbs. The palate displays passionfruit, green nectarine and lime flavours. It possesses a subtle richness and has a lovely long finish of nettles and citrus.
Pair this SB with local shellfish or seafood for that true Marlborough wine and dine experience.
Thanks to the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards judging panel, and cheers to everyone picking up a bottle or two of award-winning Pā Road this Easter!
If you want to learn more about the Pā Road range, head over here and if you fancy stocking this rising star range, contact our NZ distributor Beverage Brothers or for international inquiries, please contact our team directly and we will look after you.