Wednesday wines: The better blanc | Gourmand and Gourmet

Wednesday wines: The better blanc

The ubiquitous and ever popular Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc dominates the national palate, not that there is anything wrong with that. They are ever reliable and incredibly consistent. But what about trying something new as part of a resolution for 2015? Forget the standard clean living, alcohol free mantra of January each year (that lasts a maximum of fourteen days). How about being more adventurous, trying new things and trying more things! As the old cliché goes, variety is the spice of life. And speaking of spice, what about taking Chenin Blanc for a test run? FlametreeChenin Blanc is a cracking alternative to Sauvignon Blanc and goes wonderfully with wide array of Asian spices, perfect for fresh summer feeds. Like Sauvignon Blanc it’s packed with fresh fruit flavour, but instead of overt gooseberry this white is packed with ripe green melon and sweet green apple flavours. The palate has a great mix of fruity sweetness, crisp citrus acidity and a little savoury edge from time in oak barrels. All in all, it’s just a bloody good drink. Wine:  2014 Flametree Chenin Blanc Retail Price: $22 Food match: Seafood curry or green papaya salad. Location match: Late, balmy nights at Longtime Restaurant & Bar. Soundtrack match: Triple J’s Like a Version with Busby Marou’s take on Cindy Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.’ Like this wine, it’s a new twist on an old classic. Words by David Bone, Cuttings Wine Company