From the Cellar: Martinborough Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – $$
13.5% Bright straw colour.
A softer style of Sav. Aromatic with marine metallic notes of cut grass, cooking apple, red capsicum and rock melon.
Light & off dry to taste. Austere, steely sharp & textured and salty. Nice development. Framed by elegance and quality.
Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 – $
In my opinion, this is one the best Marlborough Savs you can buy for under $20, and it can be bought for half that…
Pale straw. 13% alc.
The wine presents with a clean, fresh bouquet – cut grass, Turkish delight, lemon and cut limes.
In the mouth it starts with a dry attack, and builds crisp luscious flavours of green apples, green grass and red capsicum, and finishes on a spicy high. It tastes of long hot New Zealand summer days.
Great value. A seamless a Marlborough sauvignon blanc. You can’t see the joins.
From the Cellar: Palliser Estate Pencarrow Pinot Noir Martinborough 2010 – $$
Back again camping at Morrison’s Bush for the annual Waitangi Day Art Weekend. Had to open the last of my Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2010’s…
This wine did spectacularly well at the Air NZ wine awards on release and with reviews. I have drunk a bit of it since, and this time the wine really lived up to its potential: ripe, soft, full; smokily floral; with depth and heft. Beautifully integrated. Long. Damn tasty.
Mud House The Mound Vineyard Riesling Waipara 2014 – $$
Pale straw colour. 11.5% alc. Single Vineyard product.
Welcome typical varietal phenolic, volatile and lifted characters. Smells of apple, lime and Meyer lemon. & Fresh. White blossom and brioche aromas at the back.
A off dry style, the wine tastes supple, ripe & bracing. It has that lovely mouthwatering astringency that makes Riesling so delicious. It is clear on the palate, with perfect fruit weight and a bracing linear finish. Another candidate that confirms Waipara as a go-to-place for delicious good value Rieslings.
From the Cellar: Craggy Range SV Syrah Gimblett Gravels 2010 – $$
Inky plum. 13.5%.
A Geoff Kelly recommendation and it shows. Wow. Gorgeously floral. Dark fruits and pepper intense and powerful. Smells ripe and inviting and delightful.
In the mouth it is full and so flavoursome. Lovely pepper kick at the back. Sweet round fruit at the front. Very northern Rhone. Dense Fine tannins.
This so convinces me to hold on to our Syrahs for a min 5 years each. Hopefully the mice don’t to take a liking to any more of my wine bottle labels…
From the Cellar: Framingham F-Series Old Vine Riesling Marlborough 2010 – $$$
Great Germanic-style label. Bought from the Winery. 12.5% alc
Green gold colour. Just gorgeous.
Luscious fruit ‘n phenolics, tropical fruit aromas, lychees, fresh crusty bread, and that fantastic Riesling ‘tang’. This has it all going on. On a hot arvo it can’t be beat!
In the mouth: an off-dry style of Riesling. Delicious fruit flavours: Braeburrn apples meet pineapple lemon ice blocks. A hit of citrus, refreshing and mouthwatering.
This is a simple Riesling, but still expressive. It shows off what we look for in wine – balance and structure – which in this case is the right sweetness balanced by the right acidity.
From the Cellar: Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay Marlborough 2011 – $$
Pale Gold colour. 13.5% alc.
A big nose. Cashew, honey, peach, pear. Warmth that cloaks a backbone of citrus. Poised, Refined.
In the mouth, I see lean golden fruit and citrus flavours. The wine is linear and long, graceful and powerful. There are nutty, crunchy characters on the mid-palate and a strong line of acidity at the finish.
The nose shows some great development in a short time. There isn’t enough fruit weight or overall acidity to make this a very long-lived example, but it does what it does when it did very well. (smiley face!)
Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2013 – $$
Summertime is getting hot. Time for another look at this hot-weather white with another year under the hood.
13%. Light straw. Distinctive light aromas of lemon and pear. Delightfully fruity to taste, crisp, with a slightly bitter finish like a Pinot Gris. This is great value drinking while re-painting furniture.
From the Cellar: Rockburn Pinot Noir Central Otago 2010 – $$
A multi-award winner. 14%. Regular pinot ruby colour. Herby, spicy and floral. Fruity with notes of wild thyme. All typical qualities of a good Central Pinot. Starting to show some mustiness and forest floor aromas and matchbox, but still red-cherry dominant.
This was a very intriguing wine. It started off somewhat languid and light, and finished dense.
Light bright fruit flavours, the expected red cherries etc. Vanilla. Fine tannins. Then it got more interesting. Developed in the glass. Became more driven, elegant and minerally. A spicy finish began to kick in. Became very structured and finished surprisingly dense. Remarkable, and most unexpected off the first sip.
From the Cellar: Newton Forrest Cornerstone Cabernet Merlot Malbec Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay 2007 – $$$
This was a remarkable wine to retrieve from the Pool Room. The huge hit of vanilla on the nose was unlike anything I had smelled before. Hot at 14%. Dark bricking carmine in colour.
Continuing, the nose showed sweet and soft and strong, with powerful vanilla notes and licorice.
Very sweet to taste also, almost cloying. Sitting and savouring this wine in the evening dusk of my backyard, the ripe flavours drew all manner of small flies and midges to my glass. I had to retreat inside. Strong vanilla notes flowed through on palate, and was almost off-putting. Soft tannins. An odd and unique wine.
I went back to it two days later. The vanilla had backed off a little, and some of the underlying structure was showing through. The flavours were full, and there was no sign of oxidation or metallic standing taint.
An impressive and powerful wine.