A lovely evening at Scotch Bar, Blenheim

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A lovely evening at Scotch Bar, Blenheim

I’d been in Blenheim for three days before another big night at Scotch, the epic wine bar in town where it’s easy to rack up quite a spectacular bill if you start attacking the amazing wine list there. This was Wednesday night’s haul with a great crew.

These wines were all lovely. The Mount Edward Gamay is a wine that I’ve only had at Scotch. We did the last two bottles they had, so we must have done half a case now. If you can find it, get some. It’s just so good: inky and fine with lovely perfume. The Kumeu River Maté’s Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 is an exceptional Chardonnay: world class and with a bight future ahead of it. I really likes the La Collina Syrah from Bilancia in Hawke’s Bay, which is one of New Zealand’s very best. And Vajra! We revisited the 2011 Albe, which is another Scotch favourite, which was deliciously poised. And the Kyè Fresia is also nuanced and delicate, but not lacking flavour. And then it was time for some Dom – the 2009, current release, quite delicious.

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