edited by Sue Courtney
Wednesday Round-up - the 2012 edition
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.
Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 25 Jan 2012
Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Spinyback Nelson Chardonnay 2009
Seresin Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2009
Neudorf Moutere Nelson Chardonnay 2010
Sherwood Estate Waipara Riesling 2009
Menhir No Zero Negroamaro 2008 - Salento, Italy
Muriel Rioja Seleccion 2009 - Spain
Sleeping Dogs Estate Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008
Ringbolt Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Grant Burge Cameron Vale Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Vasse Felix Margaret River Shiraz 2007
Beach House Noble Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 18 Jan 2012
Petaluma Hanlin Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2008
Ngatarawa Silks Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2009
Nga Waka Martinborough Chardonnay 2010
Ngatarawa Glazebrook Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2010
Man O War Ponui Island Pinot Gris 2011
Arrogant Frog Ribet Pink Rose 2010 - Languedoc, France
Mills Reef Reserve Hawkes Bay Syrah 2010
Antinori Santa Cristina 2009 - Tuscany, Italy
Penfolds Bin 138 Barossa Valley Shiraz Mourvedre Grenache 2008 - South Australia
Torres Ibericos Tempranillo Crianza 2008 - Rioja, Spain
Torbreck Woodcutter's Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010 - South Australia
Allan Scott Late Harvest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 11 Jan 2012
Dog Point Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Pale straw. A racy, complex and alternative Sauvignon Blanc style with grapefruit aromatics and fresh acidity humming through the palate, yet a textural softness even though there is no oak. There's a toasty capsicum nuance throughout and the super long finish is infused with passionfruit and peach.
Villa Maria Reserve Barrique Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay 2010
Light gold. Spicy with the merest tantalising nuance of butterscotch and wild yeast funk on the nose and soft and creamy tasting with caramel-coated toasty savoury oak, spiced peaches, citrus and nectarine. It's full and rich with a smooth, easy-going, seamless flow and while delicious already without too much chilling, it will garner more complexity with a couple of years cellaring.
The Winery of Good Hope Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2010 - South Africa
Pale lemon coloured and restrained on the nose, this is a tight-knit and linear style, a dry, nutty, melon and citrus style with the most subtle suggestion of savoury oak, a touch of honey and a long rich textural finish. Super steely, yet doesn't display the characteristic apple we associate with the variety.
Felton Road Dry Central Otago Riesling 2011
Pale straw coloured with a full bouquet of apple and lemon honey, the palate is imbued with crisp dry acidity and lots of zest and pith. Yet it has impeccable fruit balance and a subtle oiliness when served well chilled so it's not at all sharp. A super choice for lovers of dry Riesling because this is a brilliant example.
Charles Wiffen Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2009
Perfumed with rose oil and violets, this redolent wine is easy to identify. It tastes rich and fresh with spicy ginger-like tingles, juicy lychees, a rounded oiliness to the texture and a honeyed sweetness to the finish. Gold Medal & Trophy Spiegelau International Wine Show.
Domaine de la Pregentiere Rose 2010 - Provence, France
Palest of transparent pink with a delicate bouquet of cherry and cherry stones that carries through to the palate. This is an unusually rare, seriously dry Rose. It's subtle yet affirmative, textural and mouthcoating with a lingering rose petal finish.
Andeol Salavert 'Reserve des Chapelains' Costieres De Nimes 2010 - Languedoc, France
Black red coloured with a savoury, peppery scent and a deep rich spicy peppery savouriness to the taste, the pepperiness well balanced to the black cherry fruit, chocolate, mushrooms and herbs. A dry, firm wine, medium-bodied in style, made from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and fabulous value for money.
Kiritea Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010
Lightest Burgundy red, it's earthy and savoury smelling and tasting with plums, cherries, smoky oak, spice and hints of tamarillo on the finish. A soft, juicy, easy drinker with a smooth texture and finishing dry, the general comment around the room was 'very tasty'. Second label of Te Hera.
Yann Chave Crozes Hermitage 2009 - Rhone, France
Vivid black purple red with a funky and reductive scent, and a positively European flavour, it's peppery, spicy, oily, tarry and leathery with smoked meats and woody herbs and the texture is fine. Made from 100% Syrah and evidently a very good vintage for the region, just quite different to what we are used to.
Wirra Wirra RSW McLaren Vale Shiraz 2009 - South Australia
Black red coloured with a sweet vanillin oak and spiced plum scent, it's soft, ripe, juicy and just so easy to enjoy. "But don't get excited because it's expensive," says Kingsley. Crammed with mouthfilling flavours of vanilla, chocolate, juicy red berries and allspice, it's the smooth, rich, creamy style of full-bodied Shiraz so many of us like to drink. Gold Medal New Zealand International Wine Show.
Pepperjack Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 - South Australia
Vivid purple black red coloured with a chocolatey aroma with Black Forest cake, vinosity, spice and the most subtle suggestion of mint. In the palate it's full-bodied and juicy with a fine firm tannin structure, spiced blackberry fruit and an earthy herbal depth. Matured for 15 months in French and American oak and delicious now or over the next 5 years.
Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 4 Jan 2012
13% alc. Screwcap. $15.99 special.
Astrolabe Province Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Initially restrained on the nose and neutral and flinty in the palate, then it simply gushes with flavours of snow pea, tomato stalk and lime with a zesty infusion to the backbone and sweet summer herbs on the finish. Seems like a beaut style to accompany a tomato and basil salad.
Church Road Reserve Hawkes Bay Viognier 2009
Glassy yellow gold with a tempting bouquet of caramel cream, apricot and spicy oak and a rich, smooth, creamy texture layered with tropical fruit and apricot. There's purity of fruit all the way through, this finish is rich and heady and there's a flourish of butterscotch at the end. Trophy New Zealand International Wine Show 2010.
Black Estate Waipara Chardonnay 2010
Light gold coloured with a heady citrus blossom scent underpinned with cedary oak, this savoury wild-fermented wine is leesy, lemony and nutty with a spicy oak backbone and citrus-infused white peach. Full, rich, mouth filling and long with lingering caramel, butterscotch and malt.
Crossroads Kereru Road Vineyard Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2010
Straw gold coloured with a tropical fruit aroma, this initially seems more of a 'Chablis' style, seemingly lightly oaked with a fresh springy step. Tasting juicy and fresh with a creamy backbone, nectarine, white peach and a touch of caramel, it takes chilling well.
Marsden Estate Black Rocks Bay of Islands Chardonnay 2010
Light gold coloured with a rich, toasty oak aroma, this tasty, full-bodied, mouth coating wine has a deep caramel richness, tropical fruit, grilled peach and a soft creamy backbone. Northland's top Chardonnay, it delivers every vintage. Gold Medal New Zealand International Wine Show.
Luzon Carmina Luna Monastrell Cabernet Sauvignon NV - Spain
Dark red coloured with concentrated currant-like fruit on the nose, it's medium-bodied in style and tastes dry and savoury with fine tannins, currants, bitter cherries and leather with a lingering finish infused with a juicy ripe fruit sweetness. Great BBQ quaffer.
Step By Step Step Two South Australia Shiraz 2008
Black red coloured with inviting scents of mocha and red berries, this tastes full-bodied, ripe, succulent and juicy with a savoury, spicy backbone, dark berry fruit and a creamy oak finish. It's the kind of delicious opulent red we like to drink because it's fantastically priced and so easy to enjoy. Top buy.
Vicente Gandia Camboral Reserva Tempranillo 2006 - Cosecha, Spain
Bright black red with stewed summer berry scents and a very fine texture with loads of juicy, succulent berry flavours and a beautifully balanced spicy savoury backbone, it's definitely a hot climate wine but is it Australian or Spanish? It's the latter but the succulent American oak is deceptive. Like an old school Rioja – love it.
Wirra Wirra Church Block McLaren Vale Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2009
Deep black red with vinous complexities to the red berry aroma and tasting of ribena, cigar box and cedar with a creamy richness and thick tannins, this is a brooding wine with a juicy finish. A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Shiraz and 20% Merlot mature in 70% French oak and 30% American.
Henry's Drive Pillar Box Padthaway Cabernet 2009
Vibrant purple black red. Smoky and peppery with a meaty nuance to the scent, this is a full-bodied, rich, spicy wine with chocolate biscuits, hints of mint and dry extract and an opulence that creeps up on the finish. "Sweet and rich with a herbal edge" says Sam. It's a plush ripe Cabernet with lots of oak and the underlying acidity is probably the best clue to the variety.
Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010
Impenetrable shiny blackberry red. Opulent smelling and sweet-fruited and juicy tasting with ultra-fine tannins, blackberry jubes, mocha, chicory, pepper and a beautifully balanced savoury integrated oak backbone. Fine and long, with a marvellous lasting presence.
Note: The New Zealand wines listed on this page should have been cross-catalogued to my wine reviews by grape variety - check out my Wine Review Index.Wednesday Wines index
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