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With all the well-deserved success of Kiwi-country wines from the Marlborough region — initially from the sassy, crisp, intensely aromatic Sauvignon Blancs, and followed by the arrival of Pinot Noirs with their earthy character and lusty red fruit essence — it's amazing that there was no commercial wine production on New Zealand's South Island until about 30 years ago. Still deemed one of the wine world's finest new frontiers, New Zealand continues to produce wines that surprise and delight. Oak aged for four months, this light-bodied wine tantalizes with ripe red berry scents followed by raspberry and cherry on the palate and a smooth acid-balanced finish. Drink now and over the next five years. A delicious accompaniment to roast chicken, duck, venison, lamb, pheasant and mushroom dishes. Where to buy it: Cork & Bottle, Sip Wine Market, Dorignac's and Cost Plus World Markets in Elmwood, Harvey and Covington. (Listings current at press time.)
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