What’s in the glass tonight Feb 28th – Sauvignon Blanc


Martinborough SB 2012

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.

BTVG 4+

What’s in the glass tonight – Waitangi Day 2016 – Pinot Noir


Morrisons Bush small

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…

Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2010

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.

BTVG 4+

What’s in the glass tonight January 25th – Syrah


Craggy Range Syrah 2010

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…

VG 4+

What’s in the glass tonight January 23rd – Riesling


Framingham F-Series riesling 2010

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.

Abso lovely.

BTVG 4+

What’s in the glass tonight December 20th – Pinot Noir


Rockburn PN 2010

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.

BTVG 4+

What’s in the glass tonight November 11th – Cab Merlot Malbec


Newton Forrest Cornerstone 2007

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.

BTVG 4+

 

What’s in the glass tonight – October 24th


Three Wizards of Oz

A big beautiful grab-bag of wines today!! Feeling very fortunate.

A and OB1 gave us a lovely bottle of Aussie Shiraz as a wedding present. After Saturday’s ride, I asked OB1 whether I should ‘drink or hold’? He must have asked A, cos she then came back to me to say that L and I must come over to try a glass and decide for ourselves! And so we did….

Joseph Angel Glly 2011

Joseph Angel Gully Shiraz Clarendon McLaren Vale 2011

Enjoyed on their deck bathed in the sun. The best way to drink a wine from the Lucky Country!

Deep dark carmine. Primo vino. 14.5%. Floral, big, aromatic, licorice, cedar, choc mocha. Superb. Made in an Amarone style – intense berries, soft ripe fruit.

Amazeballs. Outstanding 5

Then we were able to try this beauty…

Joseph Cab Cav Merl Moda 2011

Joseph Moda Cab Sav Merlot McLaren Vale 2011

Deep dark carmine. 15% alc. Somewhat closed nose, eucalyptus, pencil shavings and graphite.

Mushrooms, underbrush, wild thyme. Wants another year or two to open out. Amazing fruit. A gorgeous food wine.

Sibling of Amazeballs. BTVG 4+

Pra Otto Soave

Then we headed off to J and B’s house for dinner. I brought along a bottle of Pra Otto Soave 2013 which served as a light and pretty aperitif, but this was the star of the meal:

Jacobs Creek Double Barrel Shiraz

Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz  2012

Finished in aged whiskey barrels. First vintage.

Heady bouquet liquorice, spice, and dark plums.

Generous and rich on palate with red fruits and dark choc, vanilla, nutty notes and soft dense fine tannins.

VG 4

What’s in the glass tonight Aug 24th


Grasshopper Rock PN 2010

From the Cellar: Grasshopper Rock Earnscleugh Vineyard Pinot Noir Central Otago 2010 – $$

This Pinot Noir was the top wine at that Under-$30 NZ Pinot Noir tutored tasting I wrote about recently. It was then included in the Over-$30 NZ Pinot Noir tasting that followed, and showed very well in that company also.

From their website, “Grasshopper Rock is one of the world’s southern most vineyards, established in 2003 and dedicated exclusively to pinot noir.[ ] The vineyard is situated on Earnscleugh Road, across the Clutha River from Alexandra. The site enjoys high sunshine hours by day and very cool temperatures by night and is sufficiently harsh and difficult to make the vines work their hardest.”

Awards:

Champion Wine of the Show Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012

Champion Pinot Noir Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012

Cuisine magazine Top New Zealand Pinot Noir 2012

and, now….Deep carmine blush…13.9% alc.

Bright floral aromatics – red cherries and pink roses. Hint of thyme, with some gamey savouriness and spice.

Red berry fruits on the front palate, a bright line of acid, complexity and layering on the mid-palate, and a long finish with spice. I see slight under-ripeness at the death which I guess is the quid pro quo for the florality on bouquet.

Bright and forward. A wine to think about and savour, and a very good expression of Pinot Noir at an affordable price.

BTVG 4+

What’s in the glass tonight Aug 10th


Beronia Rioja Reserveva 2008

From the Cellar: Beronia Rioja Reserva Spain 2008 – $$

D, a mate of mine, and I went to a Negociants tasting a wee while back, and I chose a couple of bottles of this wine to bring home with me afterwards for the Pool Room. However, being a 2008, it was already quite well-hung (in a game-hunting butchery kind of way), so I saw no issue in knocking the top off this bottle sooner rather that later…

I recall from the tasting that I liked this wine because it was well-advanced, with no faults, and exhibited a great sense of place. Here in this part of the New World, older local examples are hard to come by. If I do find them, I don’t know their storage provenance, and I have had some that have tasted stewed or oxidised through poor cellaring (I am guessing). So this obviously dilutes my pleasure, masks whatever characters of terroir the wine may impart, and the risk puts me off! So when I am offered a chance to buy an older wine out of the box, from a reputable supplier, and at a good price, then I am very keen to.

Pitch dark crimson colour. Browning at the edges. 14% alc.

A very developed tertiary nose. I saw licorice, dried fruits, vanilla, spice and cloves. Lovely!

In the mouth the wine was dense, with receded purple stonefruit flavours. There was licorice on palate too.  A meaty character. There was oak and vanilla, to be expected. Good tannins, not rough, with a long spicy finish. Fabulous.

BTVG 4+

What’s in the glass tonight Aug 4th


KR Coddington Chardonnay 2010

From the Cellar: Kumeu River Coddington SV Chardonnay Auckland 2010 – $$$+

At a long-ago KR tasting, this was my favourite Chardonnay, from the Coddington single vineyard, so I saved up and bought a bottle. I opened it tonight to celebrate putting my old house on the market…

Pale gold. 13.5% alc.

Fine and perfumed. Oily, even.

Tertiary flavours – unctuous. Fine line of citrus throughout. Biscuity. A sharp finish with apples at the death. Superb wine at a good age. Suited the Mac Cheese dinner. too.

BTVG 4+

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This was where I picked up the pieces after my separation. Thanks for the good memories, House…