Raise your Glass
2007 Monkey Bay Rosé
This NZ rosé is tomato or blood red in colour, has strawberry and violets in its perfume, but is dry and crisp on the palate. $14.44 at BWS, Lismore. Monkey Bay is in the Marlborough region, but sources merlot/malbec from Gisborne in the North Island. Monkey Bay’s truly weird website has been done by some bells-and-whistles (literally) imprisoned-in-amateur-world type. Perhaps that person has taken their cue from the hyper monkey on the label. The 2007 rosé must have been okay, given what I say, but having said that, this rosé wasn’t memorable, while the website is unforgettable.
2009 Scotchmans Hill Pebble Bay Marlborough Pinot Gris
With pale gold colouring, there’s melon on a light palate, but also musk; nevertheless it’s silvery on the tongue. While Scotchmans is Victorian, they have a vineyard in a rugged NZ bay area – a plain and valley of the Wairau and Awatere rivers respectively, sub-regions of Marlborough. The 2004 Scotchmans’ website calls their Pebble Bay winery ‘new’. Pebble Bay is also in NZ’s ‘Tasman region’, which is growing fast apparently, but not necessarily because of this wine. It has NZ’s ‘highest sunshine hours’: useful in NZ. Around $20, the Cellars (Ballina, Bangalow, Byron).