Thought I would post a duo of wines for this week given my absence in posting recently. Just discovered two fantastic, easy drinking reds from our friends Down Under.
2004 Te Kairanga Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand--sort of a cross between the juicy New World style and the earthy Burgundian style of Pinot. Notes of sweet cherry, ripe plum and wild strawberry. Hint of cinnamon and vanilla. Light body, soft tannins. Pairs nicely with light preparations of goose, duck or pork. Average retail: $20
2004 Marquis Phillips Shiraz, Southeastern Australia--a friend of mine claims this is one of the best Aussie Shirazs he has tasted for the price..Roughly $18 retail. Loads of rich black raspberry and plum notes. Smooth, silky and full on the palate with a hint of spice. Medium tannins. Pair with a nice thick slab of venison, kangaroo, ostrich or wild boar.
Label images courtesy of the respective vineyards