Guy Fawkes Night
My friend G invited me and a number of mates to dinner to celebrate and mark his upcoming nuptials. The food was outstanding, and the company delivered good conversation. He generously provided for us a lavish selection of fine New Zealand wines from his cellar to enjoy before and during the meal, and I had a chance to discuss these wines with a number of his wine enthusiast friends.
Alas, I over-indulged, and remember less of the evening than perhaps I should have. The perils of alcohol for one too easily led. Here is what I do remember…
Gibbston Valley Le Fou Riesling Central Otago 2014
Served first up, after a cleansing ale on arrival. A single vineyard wine, Le Fou means ‘mad man’. Nose of white flowers and limes. Fresh and full of flavour and character. Soft and medium sweet, notes of lime and honey. Long finish. Mouth filling. Very good.
Gibbston Valley Glenlee Pinot Noir Central Otago 2011
Another SV wine. Floral nose. Brambly on palate, with hint of stalk, solid tannins and red cherries. Fleshy. Very good.
Te Mata Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2011
Elegant perfumed and aromatic. Grapefruit citrus bite, mealy complexity, gorgeous, long. Lovely.
Dry River Pinot Noir Martinborough 2010
I thoughts this was too big and lacked varietal typicity. It was over cooked, with big flavours of black fruits, black pepper and raisins. It had loads of tannic heft and tasted great. I can see what the makers are doing, but is it a Martinborough Pinot? Nah.
Gillman Cabernet Sauvignon Matakana 2008
This was amazing. Massive dark fruit flavours, rich & savoury, with prunes plums and softened tannic heft. Very primary still. Very young, dry, spicy, dark fruit, with thyme and cedar notes. A classic under-stated label, too.
Matariki Quintology Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay 2007
A blend of five Bordeaux varietals from the Gimblett Gravels. Very dark, deep, ruby-red colour. Ripe blackberries, earth and iron, tightly bound and full-bodied. Ripe dark plums, pepper and liquorice. Long finish