Straight to the Pool Room – May 2013

Poolroom May13

Following a recent couple of tastings, and recommendations, the following bottles of goodness will be ushered into the dark recesses of the cellar. Easy may they sleep…

Palliser Estate Martinborough Riesling 2012 – $$ – drink 2017

Escarpment Pahi Pinot Noir Martinborough 2010 – $$$$ – drink 2015

Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay 2010 – $$$ – drink 2015

Trinity Hill The Gimblett Merlot Cab Hawkes Bay 2010 – $$$ – drink 2017-2020

Craggy Range Te Kahu Hawkes Bay 2010 – $$ – drink 2017-2018

What’s in the glass tonight April 21st

Craggy Range Te Kahu 2010

Craggy Range Te Kahu (Merlot/Cabernets/Malbec) 2010 – $$

Very tired from a intense working-bee weekend up at my skiclub. Lots of carrying, cleaning, building and driving. So I was up for a wine treat to wind down with, and now Tiger is sitting on my lap and purring like a lawnmower…

Craggy Range is a single vineyard producer in the Bay. They boast an excellent fine-dining restaurant at the winery called Terroir that I visited once. I am not very familiar with their wines as they tend to be outside my budget. (Their flag wines are up to and over $100 a bottle, so I leave them for the lawyers to buy). I might have a Te Muna Rd pinot down in the Pool Room but that’s about it.

However, when a wine like this gets a lot of good press, I have to muscle past the $$ reflex and put my two cents in..

Te Kahu is a Bordeaux-style blend of merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec from the Gimblett Gravels vineyard.

The colour is deep carmine in the glass. There is a lovely fragrant bouquet. It’s all red plums and pencil shavings. I’m tasting rich fruit, cinnamon, fine drying tannins, hint of woody herbs, subtle oak. This is not a heavy red; more restrained. All the signs point to a long-lived wine, and a good ‘un, so it would be best to keep my next bottle to open 2015-2018.

It is opening up in the glass as I write, and is showing some class.

Straight to the Pool Room – March 2013

Added to the cellar this month:

Spy Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2011 – $$ – Michael Cooper rated this as his fav white wine last Christmas – drink 2015

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – $$ – drink 2015-2017

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Dry Riesling 2011 – $$ – drink 2015-2016