Just in time for the summer holidays, the December 2011/January 2012 issue #520 of Consumer magazine has featured the results of their White Wine tasting. The panel of judges with Larry McKenna leading Sue Davies, Diane Langman, Gary Bowering and Huw Kinch worked their way through flights of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Sparkling Wines (all bar one from New Zealand) to come up with five 5-star wines which are rated as equivalent to gold medal standard.
The bargain buy was the Five Flax Waipara Riesling 2010, rated 5-star, which can be found for $15.00 and less. The other 5-star wines were the Charles Wiffen Marlborough Riesling 2009, Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris, Roaring Meg Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011 and the Lindauer ‘Special Reserve’ Brut Cuvee NV.
The tasting panel was impressed with the wines on offer with a large proportion earning 3-stars or more. They saw this situation an outcome of the abundance of good wine from excellent recent harvests in a tight market. In particular, the Riesling wines were seen very favourably with five wines rated four-star. But interestingly and unexpectedly, there were no 5-star ratings for Sauvignon Blanc, but four 4-star wines, the top example coming from Central Otago. Two Pinot Gris, five Chardonnays and three sparkling wines were also awarded 4-stars.
To see the fully disclosed results of the tasting, one should subscribe to ‘Consumer’. Issue #520 also reports tests on freestanding stoves, Christmas cakes and portable media players as well telling you where it is safe (or unsafe) to swim in New Zealand, providing tips on outdoor food safety and which are the best and worst ISPs. In addition, the issue follows up on an earlier study of the sunbed industry, which Consumer strongly recommends must be licensed.
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