Off Topic: Cave de Tain Premiére Note Marsanne Collines Rhodaniennes 2015 – $$
An offering from Michael at Wineseeker to offset the Marsanne I bought a wee while back that I found oxidised and unappetising. This is made in a fruitier and more approachable style, and should be a good reflection of the grape.
13% alc. Pale greenish gold colour.
Clean and clear aromas of golden stonefruit and clover honey. Bready. No oak.
Lean fruit up front. Fresh. A bitter note on the middle palate, and finishes with a strong apple flavour. Not a juicy wine – somewhat flat, leafy and short.
Commended 85 points
Ka Tahi Merlot Malbec Hawkes Bay 2013 – $
Under the watchful eye of Napier Hill, in Pandora lies the home of Ka Tahi Wines. Here is another wine from this producer…A blend of 85% Te Awanga Merlot with 15% Gimblett Gravels Malbec.
Inky carmine. 13.8%.
It started light and a little thin in the glass, but softened and deepened over time.
Lifted dark fruit aromas of blackcurrants and ripe Black Doris. Quite savoury also, with pleasant vanilla and spice notes.
Upfront, in the mouth, the wine was soft, with drying tannins on the mid-palate, and some acid showing at the death. Quite long, the acid made it mouthwatering, but that could also be indicative of some shortness of body. Quite attractive, and a good BBQ wine. It went well with our mild lamb curry.
Awatere River by Louis Vavasour Chardonnay Marlborough 2014 – $$$
Blond straw colour. 13.8% alc.
Smells honeyed, reductive and flinty. Very composed.
Bracing bright acid in the mouth. A lean, clean, fresh and linear Chardonnay. Some butterscotch flavours, and lots of lemon. Short. Punchy. Mouthwatering. Very stylish. Even tho some of the reduction extends to the palate, I still thought it excellent.