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Sunday, February 20, 2011

New Zealand Wine Tasting

Tim and I recently had a wine tasting at Muss & Turner's in Smyrna, GA on February 8, 2011.  We tasted 5 wines: 3 white and 2 red.

Interesting facts: no oak and that all wines are processed in steel. Originally, New Zealand wines were a popular Japanese import.  Their mass production took place in the 1970's.  All wines are "screw-capped" and cannot be corked.

Mohua Sauvgnon Blanc '09: Hints of Grapefruit and pineapple.  Very Summery

Jules Taylor Pinot Gris '08: Very flat tasting, dull.  Grassy in flavor. No notes of any particular taste-not recommended

Peregrine Chardonnay '08: Buttery notes, with cantaloupe and cashews

**Mudhouse Otago Pinot Noir '08: Nice and light.  Peppery.  Fairly balanced, not as deep as a Calipino

Villa Maria Cabernet Sauvigion/Merlot '08: This is an un-oaked cab! Deep, dark cherry.  Coats the side of the glass.  Not as much fruit flavor.  Smelled fruitful, but not much depth in flavor.

Tim and I recommend the Mudhouse Pinot Noir!

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