Off Topic: Yann Chave Hermitage Rhone 2003- $$$+
Deep ruby crimson colour. 14 % alc.
Smokey on the nose, funky, soapy, dusty, redolent of wooden-floored halls and dry grass. So much going on! It continued opening up gloriously in the glass – all tertiary character, developed dark fruit, dried blackcurrant, pink roses, lavender and pencil lead. Such exotic gorgeousness!
Opens with still primary fruit in the mouth, flavours of dark cherries, and lovely acid balance. Fine tannins. Huge length. Fat, rich and opulent, and a pure, mimeral seam throughout. A profound Rhone, just amazing.
Exceptional 98 points
Wow. 700 posts to whatsintheglasstonight.com.
That came around real quick.
It takes a village to raise a wine blogger. As always, thanks very much for reading.
Hei konei ra.
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Ohau Woven Stone Pinot Noir Martinborough 2014- $$
A gorgeous colour – bright clear ruby. 13.5% alc.
Showing nice development, with savoury and leafy characters, red cherries, dustiness and fustiness, and spice. Enveloping and engaging.
Sweet at first taste, quickly opens to fine, drying tannins and lean red fruits. Piquant acid, crunchy. Licorice and white pepper flavours. Long, grassy.
Recommended 88 points
Bishops Head Reserve Riesling Waipara 2007- $$$
An aged Riesling from Wineseeker. Tasted instore; bottle bought to take up to the ski club for our last ski weekend and the Club Championships.
12% alc. Gold green straw colour.
Developed volitiles, lifted ripe apples, some grapey-ness and kero notes.
Sharp and acidic entry. Lean and brisk fruit, tart, with green apple flavours. A layer of secondary development. Bitter finish.
Recommended 88 points
Not my trophies, alas. I trailed the field in both the Slalom and GS races.
Te Mata Coleraine 1998 makes the back page of Decanter.
Well done John, Peter, Nick, et al!
A brace of 98 point wines this month:
Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016 – $$ – drink 2020-2024. Decanter rated this Exceptional / 98 points in their review of NZ Sauvignon Blanc in the August 2017 issue! My new fav wine shop sold out of this wine almost immediately, but I managed to get a couple from their repeat order.
I also read of a couple of others I’ll buy separately – Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc 2016 at 95 points and Wairau Valley Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2016 at 95 points also.
I also managed to collect a couple of Rhones – a bottle of 2003 Yann Chave Hermitage, and a 2003 Delas Hermitage Les Bessards, which I am looking forward to opening in due course.
Giesen Riesling Marlborough 2015 – $$
The queen of wines. 10% alc. Pale greenish straw. Off-medium sweet.
Sweetly aromatic – apples, melons, ripe green grapes, and licorice.
Sweet and very juicy foretaste. Mouthwatering. Fruity, apples again, and confectionery. Goes on and on.
Very moreish – a delicious wine.
Recommended 88 Points
Off Topic: Cave de Tain Premiére Note Marsanne Collines Rhodaniennes 2015 – $$
An offering from Michael at Wineseeker to offset the Marsanne I bought a wee while back that I found oxidised and unappetising. This is made in a fruitier and more approachable style, and should be a good reflection of the grape.
13% alc. Pale greenish gold colour.
Clean and clear aromas of golden stonefruit and clover honey. Bready. No oak.
Lean fruit up front. Fresh. A bitter note on the middle palate, and finishes with a strong apple flavour. Not a juicy wine – somewhat flat, leafy and short.
Commended 85 points
Grove Mill Chardonnay Marlborough 2014 – $
This was a label from the past. I used to drink this wine way back when, when I thought wine like this was alright. So when I saw this bottle I thought to revisit the past, and see if it was as good a wine as I remembered.
Sinewy citrus and stonefruit aromas, acidity, ever so slightly oxidised, with some secondary characters starting to emerge.
Lively fruit and acid on palate. Flavours of butterscotch. Mouthfilling creamy malo smoothness.
Fair 82 points
KH Fizz Kombucha with Ginger
A good friend from our ski club, KH, gave me some kombucha that she makes and sells from her home in Auckland. It was swappsies in return for some loose black tea I gave her from my new venture/side-hustle The Wellington Black Tea Company www.thewellingtonblackteacompany.co.nz.
Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drink that is commonly intended as a functional beverage for its supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast” (SCOBY). Kombucha has been promoted with claims that it can treat a wide variety of human illnesses, and people drink it for its many putative beneficial effects.
KH’s kombucha was absolutely delicious, and had a wonderful fizz to it. A sweet entry, but bone dry through the mid palate and finish. Nice ginger flavour. Yum!
This would go well with a touch of whiskey or bourbon.