Two Left Field wines from New Zealand

Two lovely examples from Te Awa’s winemakers Richard Painter and Ant Mackenzie. Peter Morrell samples them

These two young producers are creating wines suited to the modern palate and even the wine labels have a contemporary twist

Left Field Albariño 2015

The Albariño grape grown extensively in Spain also grows very well in New Zealand. This wine is another example of why it is so fashionable. Hints of citrus on the nose are combined with tropical aromas. In the mouth it is fresh and uplifting with strong flavours of melon with hints of lime. The finish is crisp and clean.

Pair this with Asian food or summer salads.

Available from Wine Rack, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Ann et Vin, The Oxford Wine Company, Ellie’s Cellar and Taurus Wines with an RRP of £14.05

Left Field Malbec 2014

This is a lovely wine with profound depth. Stong dark fruit in the bouquet evolves into cherry and blackberry on the palate with good hints of spice and tones of chocolate. It’s smooth and well structured leaving a persistent and satisfying finish

Match this with steaks, BBQ meats and strong cheese like Stilton

Available from Wine Rack, The Halifax Wine Company, Beers Wines and Spirits, The Seriously Good Wine Company and Polygon Wines with an RRP of £17.30

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