Straight to the Pool Room – November 2015

Pool Room Nov 2015

A couple of gold medal Marlborough Savvies to put to bed for a couple of years sleep-in, and a wine that Raymond Chan scored 20/20 from the “vintage of a generation”:

Hãhã Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014 – $ – Drink 2015-2017. Gold Medal Royal Easter Show

Craggy Range ‘Sophia’ Merlot Cabernet Gimblett Gravels 2013 – $$$+ – Drink 2018-2023

Here is what Raymond writes of this wine: “Dark, deep, near inpenetrable black red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is sensationally vibrant with powerful and packed aromas of very ripe black berry and black plum fruits along with a subtle cassis layer. The aromatics feature dark red, violet and black florals melded with iron-earth, minerals and tar. This has essence aromas, and the nose is extremely primary in expression, but the varietal detail is already apparent. Medium-full bodied the palate is extremely rich and lusciously succulent with bright, ripe black berried and plum fruits with currants and iron-earth, with lifted florals. Beautiful acidity lends vibrancy and vitality and the mouthfeel is alive with energy and tension. The acidity shows clarity and the palate has drive and linearity. The tannins are powdery and refined, building to provide structure in proportion, balance and harmony. This has underlying power with great elegance. This ‘Sophia’ has remarkable vitality and life, with vibrant primary fruit, great richness and structure. It will age 15+ years. A blend of 62% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot from the ‘Gimblett Gravels vineyard, fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine aged 19 months in 42% new French oak barriques. 20.0/20 May 2015.”

For more please see http://www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

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