Wines of the Week for March 22, 2018

Rabl Kittmansberg Grüner Veltiner 2016, Kamptal
($16.95, Vintages #346007)
Austria’s signature grape Grüner Veltiner produces a wonderfully versatile white wine. In its dry form, it has a nose of green peach and lemon with a note of white pepper and a thread of minerality. Straw-coloured with a hint of lime, this medium-bodied, dry wine finishes on a note of green apples. (90)
Food match: fish dishes; soft cheeses

Snapper Rock Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016, Marlborough
($16.95, Vintages #536185)
When it comes to white wines New Zealand is not only Sauvignon Blanc. This Pinot Gris is light straw in colour, offering a peach pit nose with lemon and mineral notes. Medium-bodied and dry, imagine a dish of sliced peaches and apples – that’s the flavour you experience. (89)
Food match: roast chicken; seafood pasta

Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2016, Barossa Valley
($21.95, Vintages #167189)
Dense purple in colour, this hefty red exudes a spicy, smoky, savoury bouquet of blackberries and black cherries. It’s full-bodied, fruit-driven and chewy. (89)
Food match: pepper steak or rich casseroles.

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