Wines for an offline holiday

We’re about to go on an offline holiday? What’s that? Well, I’m about to find out, with some great wines to enjoy with my girlfriends after a couple of days of walking in New Zealand’s spectacular South Island. We’re armed and ready with a refreshing wine (okay, well more than one) to share at the end of each day and here are three more top drops to enjoy on any holiday, offline or not.

2017 Jim Barry Assyrtiko $33.99

Australian Peter Barry is something of an Assyrtiko man, which makes him something of a unique wine lover in this part of the world where not many people have even heard of this great Greek grape variety. Barry was the first in Australia to plant it and his family now makes this outstanding dry, refreshing white wine, which thrives in warm climates thanks and has even adapted to withstand strong winds. It originally comes from the windy island of Santorini, after all.

This wine is made from plot B34 on the Florita Vineyard, 15 kilometres south of the Clare township in the small village of Watervale; famous for Riesling. The great Florita Riesling from Jim Barry Wines is made on this same vineyard site; an 80 hectare piece of land that sold to Mark, Peter and John Barry in 1986 by Lindeman’s Wines.

If you’re looking for a tasty, dry, full bodied white this summer, check out this one.



2019 Akitu Central Otago Pinot Noir Blanc $45

This is the newest Pinot from Akitu in Central Otago and it’s a dry, refreshing, pale coloured wine made from red grapes, which winemaker PJ Charteris harvested early on a cold morning to preserve their acidity. They were harvested at 22.5 brix (giving 13% alcohol) and then whole bunch pressed while cold to extract minimum colour and phenolic extraction so that the appearance and taste remain light but fresh. No sulphur was added and the wine was cold settled then fermented with natural yeasts and left on lees for five months, post fermentation.

It’ll cost you a pretty penny but it’s a lively, fresh and tasty little number.



2018 Casa Safra Verdejo Spain $14.99

Everybody needs a bargain buy that over delivers and here it is this week – a dry Spanish white with flavours of lemon zest, a medium body, a long finish, refreshing high acidity and a low price tag. Every sip shows why Verdejo is the great white grape of Spain. Very good quality and sealed with a screwcap. Bring it on.

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Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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