Wine Tasting Video: White Wines from New Zealand & England


Knightor Madeleine Angevine 2011, Cornwall, England (£12.50- £13.99 Ellis Wharton Wines, Wadebridge Wines, Knightor Vineyard, Wine in Cornwall)
Combines a ‘green’ grassy nettle and floral character with a softer richer ripe apple and even nectarine note, and adds in a touch of icing sugar – think of the dusting on Turkish Delight. B+

Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Grigio 2011, East Coast, New Zealand (£9.99 Waitrose, Majestic, Coop, Rhythm & Booze, Ellie’s Cellar, NZ House of Wine, Village Wines, Eagle Wines, Bin 21, Partridges, Famous Wines)
A bit anodyne, soft red apple and peach, with some sweetness. Not much wrong here, but no vim. C

Esk Valley Riesling 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand (£11.49 Cambridge Wine Merchants, Wimbledon Wine Cellars, www.winedirect.co.uk, Sunninghill Wines, Flagship Wines, Amps)
Shows some candied sugary softness but there also plenty of fleshy orange (fresh and crystallised) and mango, with zesty citrus bite and a stony mineral edge to bring decorum. S(-)

Esk Valley Verdelho 2012, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand (£11.49 Cambridge Wine Merchants, Oxford Wine Co, nzhouseofwine.co.uk, Vinomondo, Taurus Wines)
Sets sappy floral greengage and citrus flavours against richer pearskin, peach and guava to good effect, with the result being fleshy but refreshing. S-

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