Sunday, June 20, 2010
WCOW: Italy VS. New Zealand
Match 2 has a battle of refreshing white wines from Italy and New Zealand square off. I can guarantee that NZ won't be satisfied with a draw in this match.
Italy's Wine: Pieropan 2009 Soave Classico
Region: Soave Classico
Notes: Dry, high-minus acidity with good fruit concentration. Light, refreshing flavours of tangy lemon with floral and citrus aromas.
New Zealand's Wine: Stone Paddock 2008 Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Hawkes Bay
Notes: Dry, high acidity, medium-plus bodied. Gooseberries and minerality galore. Stonefruit and juniper berry flavours with grapefruit and slate aromas.
Complexity (Nose): Pieropan
Complexity (Palate): Stone Paddock
Food Friendly: Pieropan
Concentration: Stone Paddock
Expression of Terroir: Stone Paddock
Value: Stone Paddock
Winner: Stone Paddock
The New Zealand "All Whites", as the soccer commentators were calling them, takes this match, avoiding a draw with the Azzuri. The Pieropan has a lovely nose and offers a light-ish bodied, acidic, refreshing white wine but the Stone Paddock does all that and more. Offering more complexity and concentration of flavours while staying fairly light and refreshing.
- Liam Carrier
Next Match: Host nation South Africa takes on the struggling French in a battle of warm climate Syrah on Tuesday, June 22nd.