I have written in the past about my love for Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. This one departs from the instantly recognizable floral style of the region. It’s restrained, elegant, and pleasingly dry, not unlike a certain Friend of mine who shares the name.
Manu is produced by Steve Bird Wines. According to the website, the Manu SB is a brilliant and vibrant wine, pale straw in colour with slight green hues at its edge. This is succulent and tasty with lime, stonefruit and herbaceous flavours. The palate is powerfully flavoured and fruity showing refreshing acidity and excellent mid palate weight. The flavours flow to a dry finish with great length.
Mr. Bird himself is a man of Maori heritage, and the word “Manu” refers to the distinctive Maori art of kite flying:
Ancient Māori were expert kite makers and flight controllers. Their kites were usually “tail-less”, were gaily decorated, of varied sizes, shapes, names and purposes – from those used for light-hearted entertainment to kites used for highly significant spiritual rituals. Children and adults made kites – to practice whanaungatanga (social relationships), to reinforce tikanga/kawa (tribal lore); to commune with spiritual deities, to produce artwork, to perfection aerial movements, to test skills in competitions (as in Manu Namu and Manu Kopua) and for fun, to add their “touch” of vibrancy to the sky.
What a beautiful culture. Before the arrival of Europeans, the Maori people were much concerned with the arts of pleasure which included music, dances, games, storytelling, surfing, and the glories of kite-flying. Among the modern day arts of pleasure, the making and enjoyment of wine surely deserve a place.
Beautiful indeed, I love the idea of a more restrained NZ Sav blanc. Not one I have seen in Sydney, am going to NZ in two weeks so will look out for it there. The label is gorgeous LM.
Isn’t it? I found the label very classy. Usually there is no necessary connection between the label and what’s inside, but here it seems a perfect match.
I don’t imbibe of wines but that doesn’t lessen enjoyment of your article and learning about “Manu”. Thank you.
This one was a special pleasure to compose 🙂
Love Maori culture – and wine. Win win 🙂
Yes, I wish I knew more about this topic. Especially the amazing tattoos that the warriors used to have. I find them fascinating!
Firstly, this is the perfect month for Sauv Blanc, and I’m a massive fan of the NZ’s styles and talent for making them. It’s a mouthful of spring. This one looks incredibly inviting.
Secondly, I adore the Maori culture and fell in love learning about them when visiting NZ a couple of years ago. There’s a fantastic cultural park in Rotorua called Te Puia which explained so much about these glorious warriors and their lifestyles to this day. The warrior prep for battle is a thing to see. It’s called the Haka.
And if I’ve not shared this with you before (and I find it hard to believe that I wouldn’t have because of your love of beautiful men), then enjoy my favorite commercial in the world. I usually watch it once a day. 😀
ROTFLOL. Thanks for the laugh Shelley! If only all commercials could be like this, I would never watch anything else 🙂
LOL i like wine but really looking forward to the smell of yeast and brewing in the air in a few week;s time and hopefully also in dipping my lips in a few single malts 😉
this reminds me of rugby i saw in Edinburgh, quite like this kilts vs Haka, though that kilt trick was not used on the grass ;-))) thankfully! LOL
I have never seen rugby. Do they ever actually play in kilts? I would like that 🙂
no they don’t 😉 that would be a laugh all the piles and the gripping in kilts 😉 but more than half of the spectators wore them, at least in Edi and they are certainly used in the Highland games which are very physical 🙂 I’m a big fan of a well made kilt 🙂 very manly indeed.
And i like rugby a lot, much more than football, which is for pantsies 😉
By “football” I take it you mean what we call soccer? The American kind of football is not for “pantsies” but not very enjoyable to me. Soccer is more interesting to watch because they don’t have all that ugly padding and it’s more balletic. And safer!
true, soccer is safer. I just find rugby players more hard working and less diva-ish than soccer players 😉
Less diva-ish! But perhaps a little devilish 🙂
What is your upcoming tasting opportunity? It sounds delish!
oh trip to Scotland in early June, no trip back is without malt 🙂 i hope we can visit more than one distillery and Edi itself smells of brewing with the right wind, as there is a distillery right in town center, it smells like home 🙂
But speaking of wine, meant to say i drank the most delicious wormwood wine /white at home 2 weeks ago, sadly none of these available to buy in Uk, but the bitter taste of Artemisia absinthium added to the floral, light wine was exquisite! I am generally into bitterish, floral drinks (Aperol. Campari and that all my thing, as is Pimms) but with wine it was even better, the plant is added during the wine making so it is part of the process. You should try it someday if you haven’t yet 🙂
That’s fascinating about the wine! No, I’ve not tried it. I have trouble with some bitter things like grapefruit and radicchio. But I like the bitterness of dark green vegetables, and cocktail bitters. The only flavored wine I have tried is retsina from Greece, which I enjoy with the right kind of food 🙂 And white vermouth. I suppose that counts as a flavored wine.
ah interesting, i find retsina too aromatic, but i don’t get along very well with very strong aniseedy flavours like basil and star anise or so. I love grapefruit, radicchio and really bitter Italian rucola 😉 And yes vermouth is niceeee
Yes, we call the rucola “arugula.” I like it too, when it’s bitter and peppery. And of course I love my bitter rapini 🙂
BTW very envious of your trip! Summer holidays in Scotland seem to be endemic among my friends 🙂
yes, i think Outlander has given local tourism another boost 🙂 The midges will do their best to counterbalance it 😀
Ah yes, the Jamie effect 🙂 Sigh…