Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc & Kooyong Pinot Noir
Kleine Zalze Bush Vines Chenin Blanc 2008 (South Africa)
This is a great value example of a rich, ripe, wooded Chenin brimming with honeyed, lipsmacking tropical citrus fruit. With a deft touch of residual sugar it perfectly offsets the heat of a Cape Malay fruity curry and, closer to home, I’ve found it a great match for Madhur Jaffrey’s sour chickpea curry. £5.99 at Waitrose.
Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir 2006 (Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia)
I’m a huge fan of Kooyong’s Pinot Noirs and Chardys. Complex and subtle wines they’re an emphatic riposte to the naysayers who reckon Australia only does sunshine in a glass fruit bombs. Get with it! This is savoury, long, tight, with a bright core of red cherry and pomegranate fruit, rolling acidity, a touch of tannin. Very good – enjoyed the previous vintage with turbot over wild mushrooms at The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. Parfait! £19.95 at Great Western Wine.