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Wednesday Round-up - the 2004 edition
Sue Courtney's tasting notes from the First Glass Fine Wine Wednesday $15 tastings

September 2004
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Sue Courtney's Fine Wine Wednesday tasting notes were recorded for First Glass Wines and Spirits in Takapuna for publication on their website. These notes are archival and may have been deleted from their site by now.
Where two prices are listed they indicate normal retail and the 'special' price on the night. Check out www.first-glass.co.nz for current availability and pricing. New Zealand readers can purchase the wines online from there.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 29nd September 2004
Aromatics.
All wines were tasted blind.

Alan Scott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2004
Water pale without abundant redolence, the crisp chalky acidity and strong citrussy flavours build to a full weighty, slightly creamy palate with a limey juiciness. It takes a while to reveal a classic herbaceous backbone with grass, gooseberries and the Sauvignon Blanc pungency we expect.
12% alc. $19.95/$17.95. Screwcap.

Astrolabe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2004
Water pale, richly pungent with classic gooseberry, grass and hints of sweat. Fruity and full with good weight and excellent length, slightly grainy in texture with a dry finish and lingering tropical fruit. Powerful and mouthfilling. Gold medal Bragato. 13.5% alc. $17.95/$15.95. Screwcap.

Spy Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2004
Light gold with nutty, citrussy scents and a soft texture with a creamy backbone, this neutral tasting wine builds to a creamy baked apple finish laced with honeysuckle and a touch of gingery spice.
13.5% alc. $20.95/$18.85. Screwcap.

Goldridge Premium Pinot Gris 2004 - Marlborough/Matakana<
Full-bodied, spicy, nutty and creamy, full of rich ripe pip fruit with a good expression of apple and pear, just a squeeze of citrus and some pineapple sage herbaceousness on the finish. Good acidity balances the fleshy fruit sweetness and there's some pear-like graininess to the texture. A nicely flavoured wine with good length and texture.
14% alc. $23.95/$20.95. Screwcap.

Framingham Marlborough Pinot Gris 2004
Ripe and rounded with lovely mouthfeel and palate richness, this wine has a slightly viscous oily texture, ripe spiced stone fruit and baked apple flavours and a hint of white pepper as it lingers. A well balanced wine with a soft fruity aftertaste.
13.5% alc. $24.95/$21.95. Screwcap.

Mt Difficulty Central Otago Pinot Gris 2004
A citrussy style with mandarin peel and apple dominating the aromas, a warm, nutty texture with pear and tropical fruit flavours and a nicely balanced citrussy backbone with a spicy warm finish. There's a slight herbaceousness and a lingering sweaty / musky aftertaste more reminiscent of some sauvignon blancs. Citrus flavours win on the day. A drier wine.
14% alc. $26.95/$23.95. Screwcap.

Chateau Gaudrelle Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2002 - France<
Light gold in colour and oily in appearance with an earthy, spiced baked apple aroma, this is brightly acidic with crisp apple-like acids on a creamy backbone with a lemony influence and a spicy fruit sweetness as it lingers. Full-bodied with an oily texture, this will fill out amazingly with a few years cellaring. There was some bottle variation in the room, my first sample (from Tony's bottle) had some cork taint. A taste from Harvey's bottle provided this tasting note.
12.5% alc. $26.95/$23.95.

Astrolabe Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2004
Pale in colour with sweetly scented Turkish delight aromas and musky fruit sweetness, a wine with lovely balance and flow. Soft, warm and oily, packed with Turkish delight, rose petal, tangelo juice and Asian spices with citrus peel to balance the sweetness and a long, full finish, it will take some serious chilling this summer.
20 g/L residual sugar. 13.5% alc. $19.95/$17.95. Screwcap.

Spy Valley Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2004
Medium gold in colour and smelling a little like a gewurz from Alsace, the rich, full pungent flavours are crammed with lychee juice, musk, rose petal, Turkish delight and Asian spices. Oily in texture with a long, long finish, there's some underlying citrus to balance the richness. Almost hedonist.
12 g/L residual sugar. 14.5% alc. $20.95/$18.85. Screwcap.

Main Divide Canterbury Riesling 2004
Smelling floral and citrussy, it is spritzy in texture like fizzy fruit sherbet and fermented apple juice, with a ton of acidity from the lemon, lime and crisp apple flavours. Slightly oily with a citrus pith earthiness it's bracing right now but has the potential and the heritage to develop more fullness over the summer. Refreshing!
8% alc. $17.95/$14.95. Screwcap.

Pegasus Bay Waipara Riesling 2004
Very pale in colour with sweet citrussy aromas, it tastes crisp and tart with apple and lime acidity balancing sweeter lime marmalade and honeysuckle. Quite steely with a lovely purity of clean fruit, a touch of honey on the finish and hints of apricot together with lemon and lime as it lingers, it is deliciously juicy with a long, long finish that builds in richness.
11% alc. $24.95/$21.95. Screwcap.

Brown Brothers 'Patricia' Noble Riesling 1999 - Victoria<
Deep amber gold in colour with creamy toffee, apricot and beeswax aromas, this intensely rich and unctuous sweet wine is drinking deliciously right now. Caramel toffee, baked apricots, candied citrus and dates with a toasty long finish and a spiciness to the finish, a toast to Patricia Brown who died today, aged 89.
10% alc. $30.95.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 22nd September 2004
Simply Delicious.
All wines were tasted blind.

Kaituna Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2002
Gold in colour with toasty creamy oak and mouthfilling rich flavours with peach and melon fruit, a savoury backbone, a buttery texture and a biscuity finish that is long and warm. This wine has rounded out and built in richness since last tasted at First Glass and was simply a delicious start to the evening.
14% alc. $18.95 or $17.95 per bottle on case buys.

Morton Estate Private Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2001
Bright yellow gold with toasty oak and buttery pineapple scents, this is full of massive fruit, oak and buttery characters with toffee, spice, stonefruit, melons and a deliciously long toasty savoury finish. At last a Kingsley style for Kingsley.
15% alc. $21.95/$18.95. Screwcap.

Fromm La Strada Riesling Auslese 2001- Marlborough
This pale coloured, sweet, low alcohol German style of Riesling is like apple strudel in a glass. It smells Germanic with its earthy citrussy character that some people call 'kero' and it's slightly smoky/flinty in the palate too. There's plenty of pure Riesling character with a fruit juice-like viscosity and a lemon skin oiliness to the finish, once we knew it was New Zealand and not German, it could only from Fromm.
7.5% alc. $46.95/$42.25.

Soljans Fusion Sparkling Muscat NV - Gisborne
Aromatic and fresh with apple and fresh Muscat grape aromas and flavours in this sweet, spritzy, foamy, creamy, fruity wine that has just a little savouriness to balance the finish. At the right place and time this is an absolutely delightful and delicious drink, think of that chilled bottle in the fridge after driving home from work in the February sun. A glass of this will quickly quench the thirst and get you into making dinner mode.
9% alc. $13.95/$11.95.

Schoffit Lieu Dit Harth Gewurztraminer 2002 - Alsace
A rich, powerful, waxy, oily, unctuous Gewurztraminer in a late harvest style. Smoky, rich and oily with Asian spices, orange peel and a warm honeyed finish and rose petal and ripe, fleshy stonefruit, this is a must for GW fans. I rate it utterly delicious.
14.5% alc. $43.95/$38.95.

Alpha Domus The Aviator 2000 - Hawkes Bay
Smoky, earthy, very Euro in its stinkiness, this wine has a rich, opaque, rich dark red colour with some crimson on the rims. Filled with plum and blackberry fruit, tobacco, leather, tar, boot polish, liquorice and allspice with firm grainy grunty tannins and a spicy savoury aftertaste, this is a very concentrated deep dark wine that has moved into a secondary of phase of development. Cabernet Sauvignon dominant.
14% alc. $59.95/$53.95.

Kingston Estate Echelon Shiraz 2001
The fruit jumps out of this deep coloured red that's filled with aromas and flavours of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, boysenberries, liquorice, spice and pepper with bountiful plum and berry fruits and lingering creamy oak. Juicy with smooth easy tannins, this is a pushover style of wine and everyone loved it on the night.
14.5% alc. $23.95/$21.55.

Kirrihill Clare Valley Shiraz 2002 - Clare Valley and Adelaide Plains
Inky black red in colour with strawberry filled creamy chocolate and vanilla scented oak on the nose, plums, pepper and spice with grippy tannins and biscuity oak fill the palate. A full-bodied wine with strawberry chocolate lingering on the long creamy finish, spicy oak kicks in and there's just a touch of mint and leather too, as the delicious taste hangs around in the mouth.
15% alc. $24.95/$21.95. Screwcap.

Saltram Mamre Brook Shiraz 2002 - Barossa
Deep, inky and youthful with appealing fruit aromas and mouthfilling flavours of mint, chocolate, blackberries, currants and cherries with fine ripe earthy tannins, chocolate, liquorice and spice this is a big wine that will develop nicely in the cellar. 15 years says Kingsley with confidence, but you can also drink it now as a main course accompaniment without too much trouble. Hard to believe a wine this good sells for under $20 on special.
15% alc. $22.95/$18.95.

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2002 - Hawkes Bay
Deep and inky with plummy, leathery, savoury aromas, gripping furry tannins, biscuity oak, hints of violets and herbs, smoky bacon and a long juicy finish with excellent length and sweet ripe fruit on the aftertaste, this is bordering on delicious though the tannins will soften with a big juicy steak.
13.5% alc. $26.95/$23.95.

D'Arenberg 'The Dead Arm' Shiraz 2002 - McLaren Vale
Blackberry red in colour with an intriguing aroma that's a combination of herbs, nutmeg, earth, red fruits and savoury oak, there's a good backing of cedary vanillin oak, nutmeg and new leather to the fruit flavours chock full of currants, plums, blackberries and boysenberries. It is a firm, ripe wine with a lovely fine tannin structure, a lifted finish and plenty of oak hanging around as it lingers. Another wine to put away in the cellar for a while.
14.5% alc. $65.95/59.35.

Assorted sweet wines were served. Neil and I swapped glasses halfway through. We tasted . . .

West Brook Late Harvest Riesling 2002
Yellow gold with orange tinges. Rich and toffeed with apricots and spice, lots of honey and citrus marmalade flavours on finish. Mellow and sweet with a quince jam aftertaste. 10% alc.

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Late Harvest Riesling 2003
Light gold in colour and with light attack in the palate, this has layers of grapes, orange, kiwifruit, pineapple and peach topped with passionfruit, and a lightly toffeed finish. It's like winey fruit juice and would be perfect in the summer. 11% alc. Screwcap.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 15th September 2004
Gold Medal Wines from the Bragato Wine Competition.
All wines were tasted blind.

Jackson Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2004
Pungent and aromatic, a ripe, toasty, classic Marlborough style. Full of flavour with a weighty palate and a long full fruity finish. Lots of passionfruit. Nicely balanced and totally drinkable.
13% alc. $19.95/17.95. Screwcap.

Te Whare Ra Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2004
Grassy scented with a lacing of lime. Crisp and bracing with citrus and gooseberry leading into fresh tropical fruit with white guava and passionfruit on the rich, full-bodied finish. Lovely texture - almost silky - and excellent length.
13% alc. $22.95/19.95. Screwcap.

Amor-Bendall Gisborne Sauvignon Blanc 2004
Pungent aromas with sweaty armpits in bucket loads. Lots of fruit with guava, apple and tropical fruit and a long rich pungent finish but there's something unusual going on in the mid-palate. A controversial winner and one that caused a mixed reaction around the room.
12.5% alc. $25.95/22.95. Screwcap.

Te Whare Ra Duke of Marlborough Chardonnay 2004
Toasty, caramelly to the nose with a creamy oily texture, stonefruits, nectarine, spicy oak and a nutty aftertaste with zesty citrus flavours lingering. The palate is long and full, the fruit weight is good and the acids have softened enough so it will take chilling this summer.
14% alc. $21.95/19.75. Screwcap.

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2002
Ripe and juicy with citrus and mealy notes on the nose, this wine has had full barrel ferment, the works. There's a lovely balance of spicy toasty oak to the rich stonefruit with the creamy caramel texture leading to a full rich buttery finish. Delicious and long. Drinking beautifully now. My style of Chardonnay.
14.5% alc. $36.95/32.95. Screwcap.

William Hill Reserve Pinot Noir 2003 – Central Otago
Soft, smoky, aromatic. A little jammy, plenty of fruit with black plums, cherry and raspberry with smoky herbal-like oak and a chocolatey touch to the lingering finish. A hint of leather, herbs, plenty of fruit and smoky oak with a spicy lift to the bright fruited finish. A wine that has the potential to age.
14% alc. $36.95. Screwcap.

Mt Difficulty Pipeclay Terrace Pinot Noir 2002 – Central Otago
Chocolate and cherries characterise this rich, velvety, mouthfilling, plush, full-bodied wine. Lovely palate weight with a delicacy to the richness and a long savoury finish with Central Otago wild thyme, anise and other aromatic spices. Serious wine but deliciously drinkable even with the firm tannins that will quietly unfold as the wine matures. Yummy is one way to describe it.
14.5% alc. $59.95. Screwcap.

Craggy Range Seven Poplars Merlot 2002 – Hawkes Bay
Deep colour, inky, black-red, intense. Rich and powerful with grunty tannins, spicy cedary oak, sweet purple fruit, plums, blackberry, leather, cigar box and cedar. Once you get past the 'in your face' muscularity of this wine, you see an elegance coming through. There's good acidity underlying the smoky oak. It will be interesting to see this wine develop.
14% alc. $33.95/29.95.

Newton Forest Cornerstone Cabernet Merlot Malbec 2002 – Gimblett Gravels
Inky red black with creamy vanillin oak, sweet fruit, aromatic spices, a touch of liquorice, firm velvety tannins, chocolate, cherry, violets and brambly fruit. Good acidity, bright throughout and a deliciously long, sweet-fruited finish, there are some powerful tannins in this wine but the seem almost smooth and rounded after the muscular Craggy Range.
14.5% alc. $39.95/35.95. Screwcap.

Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2001 – Hawkes Bay
Another big black-red wine with leathery aromas at first until the ripe cassis fruit breaks through. Creamy in texture with a lovely fine tannin structure, spicy oak, red fruits, a touch of chocolate, aromatic spices and a hint of liquorice on the finish. Beautiful structure and length with the finesse we now expect of the Villa Maria reserve wines.
13% alc. $41.95/36.95. Screwcap.

Vidal Estate Reserve Noble Semillon 2003– Hawkes Bay
Amber gold. Sweet, honeyed, waxy, candied orange aromas with a savoury spicy oak and lemon tea influence to the thick viscous flavours with decadent dried apricot and orange honey and a lusciously long finish.
7% alc. $41.95/36.95. Screwcap.

Shingle Peak Botrytised Marlborough Riesling 2003
Bright yellow gold. Sweet floral scents with lime zest over toffee, rich and concentrated, decadently sweet but with terrific acidity to balance it perfectly, baked apple, apricots, raisins and citrus honey linger.
9% alc. $27.95/24.95.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 8th September 2004
All Brand New Releases.
All wines were tasted blind.

Canterbury House Pinot Gris 2004
Floral smelling, pale coloured, off dry to the taste with ripe juicy pear and stonefruits on a warm, slightly oily creamy texture with good body and just a touch of spice on the finish. Pinot Gris - and just about everyone liked it!
14% alc. $17.95/15.95. Screwcap.

Michel Leon Tokay Pinot Gris 2002 - Alsace
Nutty, almond-like aromas, sweetish to the first taste with lanolin, honey, spices, baked apples and well-ripened pears or quinces, this oily textured wine has an underlying steeliness and finishes dry.
14% alc. $28.95/25.95.

Coopers Creek Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2004
A pungent wine with 'sweaty' aromas and ripe fruit, the bracing upfront gooseberry and grassy flavours fill out with riper fruits mid palate then tart apple acidity on the musky, pungent, full-flavoured finish. Young and fresh, just as young Sauvignon Blanc should be.
14% alc. $17.95/15.95 Screwcap.

Spy Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2003
Creamy buttery oak scents lead into savoury barrel-fermented flavours, it's quite mealy throughout with stonefruit lingering on the biscuity finish. Long and ripe, it evolves well in the palate.
14% alc. $20.95/17.95. Screwcap.

Rosemount Show Reserve Chardonnay 2002 – Hunter Valley
Citrus aromas and creamy textured mealy nutty flavours with juicy stonefruits, figs and citrus lingering on the long full, spicy oak finish. Well-balanced with good acidity, it is a powerful wine but it does it with style and fooled most of us (who thought it a South Island wine) with its origin.
14% alc. $23.95/21.50.

Mills Reef Hawkes Bay Gewurztraminer 2004
Strongly perfumed with pungent aromas of flowers, cloves and Turkish Delight, there is absolutely no doubting the variety with its rose petal muskiness. A rich, strong, oily style with just sweet spices on the rose water finish. A sweeter wine with good varietal definition.
13% alc. $17.95/15.95. Screwcap.

Mills Reef Hawkes Bay Reserve Gewurztraminer 2004
A more elegant restrained, dry style, not so 'in your face' as its stablemate, this has a warm, lemony, Euro-like influence with an oily texture and long full flavours of citrus, exotic spices and lychee juice with a long musky aftertaste. Tonight it was a little overshadowed by the sweeter Mills Reef Gewurztraminer tasted first.
12.5% alc. $22.95/19.95. Screwcap.

Akarua The Gullies Pinot Noir 2003 – Bannockburn, Central Otago
Fragrant and fruity with a ruby colour, red berries and smoky oak, the earthy savoury flavours fill the palate well while tamarillo and cherry fruit mingle with herbs on the slightly tart finish. An introductory style of Central Otago Pinot and the second wine of the Akarua label.
14% alc. $33.95/29.95. Screwcap.

Mitchelton Preece Shiraz 2002 – Victoria, Australia
The 'drink me' rich, opaque crimson red colour leads into ripe juicy flavours with blackberry and rich dark plum, pepper, plenty of eucalypt and just a touch of chocolate. Grunty tannins give way to a bright spicy finish with savoury oak adding complexity. Unbelievable price for the quality. 14% alc. $15.95/12.95.

Jim Barry 'The Lodge' Shiraz 2002 – Clare Valley, South Australia
Opaque with red rather than crimson rims, there is plenty of mint and red berries in this juicy, dark succulent, savoury wine with fine silky tannins and lots of pepper making the dark savoury oak finish warm and moreish. With its lovely lifted finish, this wine has absolutely years ahead of it and is another bargain at its under-$20 price-tag.
14% alc. $22.95/18.95.

Peter Lehmann Eight Songs Shiraz 2000 - Barossa
Developing some secondary characters that introduce a nice leathery, gamey character alongside sweet vanillin oak, chocolate, cigar and smooth tannins. It is quite Bdx-like for an Aussie Shiraz with just an herbal edge but the hot spicy peppery finish with sweet oak bumps you back into reality. Drinking beautifully now, I wouldn't want to cellar for much more than a couple of years more.
14% alc. $54.95/39.95.

Peter Lehmann Stonewall Shiraz 1999 - Barossa
Good deep opaque red colour, still very youthful in appearance. Rich sweet fruit with plenty of American oak influence, liquorice and red berries, long and powerful with firmly structured tannins, great length, lovely spiciness and integration of fruit to the savoury oak. 1999 was very much an underrated vintage and this fine wine with five years maturation before release is a great cellaring proposition.
14% alc. $82.95/65.95.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 1st September 2004
Meet the Judges from the Liquorland Top 100.
Only the pretaster was tasted blind.

Tasman Bay Pinot Gris 2003 – Nelson/Marlborough (the pre-taster)
Pale in colour, lightly floral on the nose with a lemony zing, it's bright and zesty in the palate with long drawn out flavours of ripe tropical fruit and just a touch of gooseberry-like fruit and herb to tart up the finish.
12.5% alc. $19.95/$17.95.

Alpha Domus AD Semillon 2002 – Hawkes Bay
Presented by Evert Nijzink
Floral with cedary overtones, it is just starting to show fusel notes to the nose making it a little reminiscent of Aussie Semillon. Toasty in the palate with a grainy lemony backbone and long rich flavours of stonefruits and mealy flavours that come from the wild yeasts, honeyed oak lingers on the finish with just a hint of anise. An excellent example of the style, it is definitely a food wine.
14% alc, $29.95/26.95.

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2004 – Marlborough
Presented by Ben Glover
Already a favourite at First Glass, this rich, oily, sweaty style of savvie is loaded with pungent, mouthfilling flavours of gooseberry, passionfruit, melon and tropical fruits. Outstanding Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with a long juicy moreish finish.
13% alc. $19.95/17.95. Screwcap.

Pegasus Bay Chardonnay 2003 - Waipara
Presented by Ivan Donaldson
Yellow gold in colour, mealy, cedary scented with rich, full-bodied, lemony, wheaty, mealy flavours and a long full leesy, wild yeast-influenced, buttery, savoury finish. A concentrated, powerful Chardonnay, the result of a tiny vintage in Waipara.
14% alc. $33.95/29.95.

Te Mata Elston Chardonnay 2003 – Hawkes Bay
Presented by Peter Cowley
A far more elegantly restrained style than the Pegasus Bay, light yellow gold in colour, dry and savoury to the taste with lovely weight and length, it's a complex wine with mouthfilling mealy, golden peach flavours and a savoury, beautifully oaked finish. A wine that has had full barrel-ferment, full malolactic and weekly yeast lees stirring and combines all these traits beautifully with nothing overpowering.
13.5% alc. $38.95/33.95

Selaks Founders Reserve Chardonnay 2003 – Marlborough
Presented by Paul Lapsley, guest judge from Hardys
Toasty oak dominates the nose of this bright, luminous, citrine coloured wine, its quite overt and chunky at this youthful stage and needs to settle. Richly textured with stonefruit and melon flavours, a full on cedary finish and lingering flavours of biscuits and nuts with just a touch of citrus, a wine that is going to be an absolute star in a few months time.
13.5% alc. $28.95/23.95.

Bilancia Viognier 2004 – Hawkes Bay
Presented by Warren Gibson
Quite brash and herbaceous on the nose, it smells more like a pungent Sauvignon Blanc than a fragrant floral Viognier. Creamy in the palate with a soft warm texture and a melon and stonefruit richness, there's a salty savouriness to the spicy finish. Fermented in older barrels which add to the palate richness without adding oak flavours, Warren says it is showing a lot of estery characters which will be settled when the wine is officially released in a couple of months time.
14% alc. Screwcap. N/A.

Craggy Range Te Muna Pinot Noir 2003 – Martinborough
Presented by Steve Smith MW.
Good depth of grape garnet colour, this is a crisp young pinot with fruits of the forest and savoury oak building on the creamy palate then filling out with more meaty, gamey, cherry flavours with a long sustained finish. Quite reserved at this stage of its life, it is not yet released and will blossom with a little more bottle age.
13% alc. N/A.

Escarpment Pinot Noir 2002 - Martinborough
Presented by Larry McKenna
Black garnet with a pinky tinge to the hue, this is smooth and generous in its soft, gamey flavours with plum and cherry guava, hints of leather, smoky oak and a touch of spice. A beautifully integrated, silky-textured wine with a lovely savoury complexity, there's a touch of acidity on the long finish, a pointer to its longevity factor. Quite Burgundian-like and showing beautifully tonight.
14.5% alc. $45.95/40.95.

Coto de Hayas Reserve Garnacha 1998 – Spain
Presented by Raymond Chan
A deep rich blood red in colour, there's a juicy succulence to this earthy, leathery, tarry wine that has ripe plum and dark berry fruits mingling with creamy vanillin oak. A concentrated, modern style of Spanish wine with a firm tannin structure and a long savoury finish.
13.5% $19.95/17.95.

Trinity Hill 'Homage' Syrah 2002 – Hawkes Bay
Presented by John Hancock
Wonderfully bright in its youthful, inky, red black colour that has crimson-purple stained rims, it is overall very tight at the moment but there is no hiding the potential of this intensely concentrated wine. Deep and rich with cherry and other succulent red fruits together with bitter chocolate, spice, rose petal and stonefruits, it builds on the velvety texture of the fine tannins in the palate to a long sustained finish with a character yet seen in only the best Syrah's that NZ has produced. Made as a homage to Gerard Jaboulet in the Rhone, the Syrah was co-fermented with 5% Viognier wine to produce this Cote-Rotie style. The rumour is that it will cost $100 a bottle when it is eventually released.
14% alc. N/A.

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