What’s in the glass tonight June 9th – Pinot Noir

Wild Grace Pinot Noir 2015

Wild Grace Pinot Noir Central Otago 2015

Someone at work bought this negociant wine for our Friday work drinks. I am usually suspicious of entry-level Pinots, but this was really good.

It had a good core and depth of fruit, good ripeness, and little of that bitterness I sometimes see in over-extracted cheaper Pinot Noir. The nose kept my interest, with an alluring savoury character. Yum.

Nice label design too. We are a design-led company…

Recommended 89 points

What’s in the glass tonight August 25th – Chardonnay

Kim Crawford Grace Chardonnay SP 2015

Kim Crawford Small Parcels Wild Grace Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2015 – $$

L brought this bottle home. It was fantastic.

Pale clear brilliant gold. 13.5% alc. Single vineyard fruit, wild fermented.

The nose was slightly reductive, and reminiscent to me of Chambertin or Meursault. Stonefruits, melons sitting on lees characters, with subtle oaking. Real elegance and precision.

The white Burgundy characters I saw extended to the palate – minerality, finesse, concentration. Mealy, buttery and nutty. A big and textural Chardonnay, with power, and a great lemon citrus acid backbone.

The longer it sat in the glass the better it looked, the more perfumed it was. Absolutely a cracker!

94 points