Varietals are the spice of life

Varietals are the spice of life

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A tour of the vineyards is a must whilst in the scrumptious Northern wine region of Marlborough. We started at Cloudy Bay.

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Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is the only New Zealand wine I drink at home but when in Rome it felt rude not to try all the other varieties they excel at here.

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The mountains on the Cloudy Bay label are actually the mountains you can see from the vineyard. Pretty cool aye.

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There is nothing better than a glass of wine by a roaring fire on a nippy day. We sat on the all encompassing leather sofas toasting our toes whilst sampling the wine list. Their Savingnon Blanc is still my favourite but the Chardonnay was surprising good and the Pelorus is a good option if you fancy fizz.

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Our best duck faces.

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We then payed a visit to Seresin, a boutique winery which also makes the most delicious olive oil.

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The Reisling was so tasty we bought a bottle to have with dinner. 

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If you ever see these olive oils on sale, the lemon infused one is definitely worth a purchase.

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Last but not least, The Spy Valley Estate. You know you’re in New Zealand when the vineyards are overrun with sheep. 

Video – Sheep on the loose

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Despite the tacky branding and retro James Bond memorabilia in the toilets, the setting was perfect and if you fancy trying something a little different, give a bottle of Gewürztraminer a go. Think Turkish Delight. 

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Now that’s my idea of a perfect day. 

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