For the next month, we will be celebrating the players and teams of the
Women’s World Cup.
This week, we showcase the wines of the host countries –
New Zealand and Australia.
From the Sauvignon Blanc of NZ to the Shiraz of Australia, with a typical Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon thrown in to spice things up, these wines will make you think you traveled to the other side of the world
(to watch the Stars and Stripes win it all, duh!).
WAIRAU RIVER SAUVIGNON BLANC
The Wairau Valley has a surprisingly warm and dry climate for a region this far south of the equator, providing ideal conditions to produce the traditional passion fruit flavors of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. To protect the fresh, aromatic character of the grapes, the harvest took place in the cool early mornings, and the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks. To add a bit of complexity, the wine rested on its fine lees before bottling.
This wine is ready to drink – pair it with goat cheese!
SERESIN SAUVIGNON BLANC
Don’t call this wine a Savvy-B!
It is a serious wine with a rare texture still showing the traditional tropical fruit notes of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The inclusion of Semillon, a natural fermentation, and extended aging on the lees in oak all aid in creating an atypical Sauvignon Blanc.
A dry and elegant wine from a certified organic and biodynamic vineyard.
PENLEY ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Kate Goodman delivers a stunner from the heart of one of Australia’s greatest Cabernet regions, Coonawarra.
The grapes are grown in a certified sustainable vineyard. The wine is matured for five months in French Oak, 30% new. On the nose, it’s pure Australia – Eucalyptus with an array of dark fruits and a dusting of dark chocolate.
The palate is fresh with savory tannins.
TORBREK WOODCUTTER’S SHIRAZ
From the sizzling Barossa Valley in South Australia, this Shiraz almost never came to be.
Torbreck experienced wind and hail at flowering and three major frosts followed by a hot summer with no effective rainfall. Yields were down, but the fruit that remained displayed a magnificent concentration of color, aroma, and tannin.
Aromatic plum and raspberries on the nose, and a palate full of cassis, dark cherry, spice and vanilla. This wine is all Shiraz!