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Wednesday Round-up - the 2013 edition
Sue Courtney's tasting notes from the First Glass Fine Wine Wednesday $15 tastings

May 2013
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Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 29 May 2013
Delicious, Delicious, Delicious
Wines were tasted blind (except for the PX at the end)

Trinity Hill Black Label Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2011
Light gold with a toasty oak and roasted peach scent, this hits all the right buttons with its smooth creamy texture and rich, ripe flavours crammed full of golden peach, nectarine and roasted nuts with a long sizzled butter finish.
13% alc. Screwcap. $29.99 special.

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2009
The bouquet is nutty and creamy with an evocative smoky nuance and some malo nuances coming through, and creamy hazelnut flavours are the dominant feature in the palate. Dry and savoury with desirable nougat characters and a touch of citrus, it's smooth and harmonious with integrated oak and a long creamy finish. Gold Easter Show and Cuisine Top 10.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. Sold out at the tasting.

Riverby Eliza Marlborough Riesling 2012
The fragrant bouquet is all honeysuckle and tangelo zest and the flavour is so fresh and tasty with what seems to be a moderate sweetness, heading towards luscious but the juicy acidity keeps that sweetness in check. With tantalising mango, sweet citrus and flower nectar it is indeed deliciously luscious as the lasting flavours linger – not surprising with 63 grams/litre of residual sugar in the wine.
9.5% alc. Screwcap.$22.99 special.

Lawson's Dry Hills The Pioneer Gewurztraminer 2012
A full bodied wine with a bountiful fragrance of Moroccan spices, exotic Asian fruits and candied violets and a mouthcoating texture, it initially seems quite dry and a little restrained for New Zealand Gewurz, but it is gently sweet and definitely has underlying concentration and power. Full of those lovely rose petals, spices and exotic fruits with a touch of honey, a tingle of zest and lingering musk, this is made from possibly Marlborough's oldest GW vines.
14.5 % alc. Screwcap. $29.99 special.

Mouton Cadet Reserve Sauternes 2010 – Bordeaux
Lustrous citrine gold with a fragrance of comb honey on buttered toast and a suggestion of high-toned acidity (VA). The taste is sweet and the texture is moderately viscous with layers of honeycomb and candied tropical fruit, yet there is a smoky, savoury, almost lanolin-like character to the wine, which makes so much sense when it is revealed this is genuine Sauternes. It is made from 90% Semillon with 10% Sauvignon Blanc.
13.5% alc. Cork. $19.99 special 375-ml bottle, or $34.99 750-ml bottle.

Metala Langhorne Shiraz Cabernet 2010
Purple edged black red. A little rustic and savoury on the nose but there are some lovely deep red fruit characters too. Juicy in the palate, deliciously so, with velvet coated tannins and the generous blackberry and blackcurrant fruit so harmonious with the tarry, savoury backbone that's interlayered with tobacco, liquorice, nut chocolate, spice and the merest suggestion of mint. A great price for this legendary Australian blend of grapes.
15% alc. Screwcap. $16.99 special or only $15.99 per bottle on 6-packs.

Raiza Rioja Tempranillo 2010
This deep coloured wine seems a little earthy and one dimensional after that vibrant Aussie red, but it's got more than the first glimpse suggests. There are rustic red berries on the nose, then in the palate firm tannins, a touch of tobacco, bright fruit, underlying freshness and a smoky aura to the finish. Quite seductive with the complimentary cheese (a semi-hard Colby, I believe).
14% alc. Cork. $11.99 special.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 22 May 2013
Good versus Better (low price v high price)
Wines were tasted blind and discussed in pairs .

Jacobs Creek Steingarten Barossa Valley Riesling 2011
There's a delicate citrus blossom nuance to the bouquet and though the taste initially seems bone dry there's a sliver of sweetness to the predominant lime flavour with a suggestion of lemon honey drink and ginger. The texture is slatey and the long powerful finish is salivating and thirst quenching. So crisp and fresh with great acid tension, it begs to accompany a plate of fish and chips.
10.8% alc. Screwcap. $29.99 special.

Palliser Estate Martinborough Riesling 2012
Light gold. A little earthy on the bouquet – wet potter's clay maybe, but so much sweeter than the first wine – although it is technically ‘off dry’ not ‘sweet’. The citrus is in the mandarin / lemonade spectrum and the florals are reminiscent of honeysuckle. Universally appealing and very drinkable just on its own. The perfect pre-dinner socialising wine.
11% alc. Screwcap. $17.99 special.

Sacred Hill Halo Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2011
Golden coloured with a toasty oak and caramel aroma, juicy in the palate with citrus, stonefruit and nicely balanced mealy complexities and savoury oak. Easy to enjoy without too much thought.
13% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Church Road Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2011
Straw gold. Rich nutty aromas with layers of vanillin oak. A nutty ’nougat’ style in the palate with white peach, spicy oak, a fine texture and a creamy finish. Lots of malo and some wild yeast lees influence. Stylish and elegant. Developing into a glorious drink, a wine to take out to dinner to impress or to just enjoy with your loved one.
13% alc. Screwcap. $33.99 special.

Sea Level Home Block Nelson Pinot Gris 2012
Vibrantly aromatic – rose petals and vanilla come to mind, but the flavours are more classic Nashi pear and quince with a citrussy kick and a touch of orange blossom. Just off dry with a vanilla cream layer to the juicy finish and a spicy flourish. Long and lasting. Gold NZIWS.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $14.99 special.

Church Road McDonald Series Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2011
More classically varietal aromas of ripe pear and strudel apples, but considerably more rich and flavoursome in the palate. Showing a little of those Turkish Delight flavours and strudel spices with a peppery kick, it's full of flavour with a juicy and deliciously long finish, and being in the medium sweetness level, it's near irresistible to drink. Gold NZIWS.
13% alc. Screwcap. $27.99 special.

Antinori Santa Cristina Toscana 2011
Medium dark red with a touch of purple; a little earthy and savoury on the nose – hint of fruitcake maybe, then spicy in the palate, almost peppery, with tar and leather. A juicy medium bodied style with fruit reminiscent of currants and stewed plums, reasonably firm dry tannins and a long savoury finish.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $15.99 special.

Azelia Barolo DOCG 2009 –Piedmont Italy
Showing some garnet tones to the fading hue, this wine has the kind of vinous aroma I love – vanillin oak, nutmeg, baking spices, orange zest, liquorice... The tannins are surprisingly firm and still very grippy, but it adds to the character of this almost hedonistic wine. There's jaffa and (to use Sam's words for the stand up wine options) cherry, game and leather. Made from the Nebbiolo grape and even though the colour is pale, it's is a wine that will continue to evolve for many years, although will those tannins ever resolve?
14.5% alc. Cork. $57.99.

Prophets Rock Bendigo Pinot Noir 2009
This light coloured Pinot Noir is translucent garnet with a tamarillo-coloured edge. A little shy on the nose and medium bodied to start in the palate with a touch of oak spice, ripe strawberry and cherry fruit, wild thyme, rosemary, silky tannins and increasing vinous richness building to a very powerful finish – more so than the colour would have you imagine. A wine to drink with your eyes closed. It's very good pinot with a deep intrinsic savouriness - a departure from the more typical Central Otago blockbuster style.
13.4% alc. Cork. $54.99.

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009
Dark red with a just a touch of bricking to the edge – for a four year old Pinot the colour is very impressive. Made from Bannockburn fruit, it’s spicy and savoury with rich dried cherry fruit and craisins. There’s a density to the wine with firm velvety tannins, chocolate, and classical earthy savoury gamey notes but still tastes very fresh, and the finish is expansive and juicy with a flourish of orange zest. Very likeable and approachable from the outset.
14% alc. Screwcap. $33.99.

George Wyndham Founders Reserve Shiraz 2010 – Langhorne Creek, SA
Inky red black with tantalising aromatics of ripe red and black fruits and vanillin oak, it is hedonistic to inhale - to lose yourself in the bouquet. Big, bold, juicy and flavoursome to the taste with a plush velvety texture, spiced plums, blueberries, liquorice straps and just a touch of pepper.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Mr Riggs Piebald Syrah 2010 – McLaren Vale & Adelaide Hills, SA
Inky red black with a spicy, plummy bouquet, this irresistible creamy wine has firm but seductive velvet-edged tannins, nut chocolate, mocha, pepper and a spicy brightness to the smooth harmonious finish. Plenty of oak influence here and just a hint of tobacco. Gold NZIWS.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $33.99 special.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 15 May 2013
Brancott Estate with Patrick Materman
This tasting was led by the winemaker so the wines were not tasted blind .

Deutz Blanc de Blanc
Made from 100% Chardonnay, this is light citrine gold with a constant stream of tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Crisp, fresh, dry, nutty and savoury with nectarine sizzled in lemon butter, the tang of orange zest and the richness of toasted white raisin bread. Warm and mouth-coating with a salivating, almost salty finish. Champion Sparkling Wine at the Easter Show 2013.
12% alc. $36.99 special.

Triplebank Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Straw coloured with a touch of lemon. Ravishingly scented with exotic tropical fruit, freshly squeezed citrus and grass and a juicy taste that's so full of flavour – there's green passionfruit, fizzy fruit sherbets, grapefruit peel, clay in the background and tangy summer herbs. Intense in flavour yet soft, almost creamy, on the finish. Two gold medals.
12.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Brancott Estate Letter Series 'B' Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
A surprisingly shy bouquet, a subtle suggestion of armpit maybe. Dry and restrained on first tasting, then a revelation of flavour as the wine traverses the palate revealing fruit that's in the stonefruit rather than tropical spectrum but finishing with sauv's typical fresh brightness – there's grapefruit, lime and a pineapple zing. Also a smoky character as the wine lingers, perhaps from the touch of oak that also imparts a pleasing textural complexity.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $25.99 special.

Brancott Estate Chosen Rows Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Pale straw in hue with a European rather than NZ aura to the bouquet that's scented with a sweet wild ferment yeast character and smoky nuances. "Complex sulphides," states Patrick. And the taste emulates the aroma – leesy with palate texture and concentration without the mouth-awakening bright explosions of fruit we are used to. It's a smoky, fumι style of wine with a delicate lemongrass, lemon balm, lemon cream, lemon zest infusion. Guava also comes to mind and wild salad greens, and there's a nutty sweetness as the flavours linger. It seems a little sweet but Patrick says it is bone dry with higher alcohol that imparting the sweet impression, and true to that statement the lingering taste is indeed bone dry. Definitively takes the Brancott Sauvignon Blanc to another level. The packaging is very impressive too.
14% alc. Screwcap. $71.99 special.

Brancott Estate Letter Series 'R' Marlborough Sauvignon Gris 2011
Although restrained on the nose, tropical fruit still comes to mind and while the taste is fruity and vibrant, it is not as punchy as its close Sauvignon Blanc relative can be. There's a flinty character and fruit seems to be in the yellow plum, white peach and nectarine spectrum; there's a slightly herbaceous edge and the citrussy finish is fresh and dry with a touch of pineapple and increasing pungency.
14% alc. Screwcap. $25.99 special.

Brancott Estate Living Land Marlborough Chardonnay 2011
Light glossy gold in colour with a bouquet of nutty oak and Golden Queen peaches and a taste that is initially dry, nutty and oatmeal savoury before the sweet mealy flavours of the yeast lees come through. It fleshes out in the mouth with its warmth, finding all the nooks and crannies, and the creamed nut finish is layered with honeyed oak and freshened with a touch of citrus and melon.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Brancott Estate Special Reserve Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
Light gold, with a vibrant and enticing aroma of nashi pear and tropical fruit salad; this is a medium style in sweetness level. The taste is crammed with flavours of ripe pear and white flower nectar with a nutty savouriness in the background making that perceived sweetness see dry. Classy and layered, with great length of flavours, this was awarded the Trophy for Champion Pinot Gris at the 2013 Easter Show.
14% alc. Screwcap. $18.99 special.

Brancott Estate Letter Series 'F' Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
Light gold. Quite savoury on the nose, the result of oak and yeast lees stirring maybe, but still those classically varietal apple and pear aromas coming through. There is a mid palate burst of sweetness but overall this is dry, zesty and zingy with a touch of ginger and those appealing strudel spices. Fleshing out on the finish some lovely smoky nuances and anise-like herbs adding to the allure, it has fine tannins (or the white wine equivalent), body and substance.
14% alc. Screwcap. $25.99 special.

Brancott Estate Letter Series 'P' Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2011
Glossy straw green gold colour. The aroma of Moroccan spices and candied violets is classically varietal without being too overpowering. 'P' has its heritage in Gisborne where it was characteristically a heady, opulent style but I think Marlborough adds more zingy freshness and bright fruit characters to balance the sweetness more harmoniously. There's loads of ginger with rose petals and an exciting carnation pepper character, orange water, star anise, Dutch biscuit spices and a dry finish. A lovely wine with a silky texture. What does the 'P' mean now? Progress, maybe.
14% alc. Screwcap. $25.99 special.

Brancott Estate Special Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
Garnet tamarillo hue, quite translucent. Evocatively savoury aroma with sweet smoky oak and cherries – a temptress with its beguiling, appealing perfume, I just want to keep on smelling it. The salivating taste is savoury and smoky with juicy bitter sweet cherry, goji berry and tamarillo fruit, and a lovely floral character running through. Silky with well balanced vinous sweetness to the smoky savouriness, for the under $20 price it's a star.
14% alc. Screwcap. $18.99 special.

Brancott Estate Letter Series 'T' Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
There's a little more ruby to the slightly deeper translucent hue and again the bouquet is evocative and intriguing with a little more wood smoke and savouriness coming through. After the sweet oak and strawberry jam nose, it is intriguingly very gamey and earthy in the palate - the impressive savouriness infused with the bittersweet red fruit and a touch of rose hip / briar rose fragrance as the taste lingers. Firm tannins too.
14% alc. Screwcap. $34.99 special.

Brancott Estate Letter Series 'B' Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Bright citrine colour, tantalising flower nectar bouquet of blossoms and honeysuckle, and juicy in the palate, at the same time honeyed and intense with orange toffee and candied tropical fruit. Super sweet but so clean and fresh. Harvested at 42 brix, this delicious 'gold magnet' sweetie is hard to resist.
9.5% alc. Screwcap. $25.99 special. 375-ml bottle.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 8 May 2013
New Arrivals
Wines were tasted blind .

Balthazar Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2010
Golden yellow with peaches and cream on the nose and layers of buttered toast flavours. There's peach and creamed nuts too with a butterscotch richness but also a citrus - tending towards grapefruit - freshness that cuts through the full-bodied creamy creaminess, and the finish is balanced and long. Definitely a 'First Glass' style.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Marsden Estate Bay of Islands Black Rocks Chardonnay 2012
Light gold with a fragrance reminiscent of pink bubble gum, it's very juicy and fresh to the taste with honey layers to the spicy oak, dried banana a feature of the abundant tropical fruit, and just a touch of apple. There's increasing richness to the savoury finish and the lingering taste is salivatingly dry but the wine would benefit from a little more bottle maturation right now.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $32.99.

Kahurangi Mt Arthur Reserve Nelson Riesling 2011
Straw lemon coloured with a honeysuckle and citrus aroma, this zingy fresh wine is packed full of tangy citrus and ginger with a thick honeyed richness to the off dry finish. Gold Spiegelau Wine Comp.
13% alc. Screwcap. $13.99 special.

Loosen Dr L Riesling 2011 – Mosel, Germany
Light straw gold with a bouquet that suggests some sweetness, it's sweet but doesn’t taste sugary because the acidity is so vibrantly fresh and refreshing. There's a spritzy feel in the mouth with flavours of apples, honeysuckle and a potter's clay character that these wines typically portray. Served chilled, on a chilly night, it shines bright. Riesling lovers will find this hard to resist. 8.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Crossroads Milestone Series Hawkes Bay Gewurztraminer 2009
Lemon gold coloured with an exotic tropical fruit / loquat blossom bouquet, this full-bodied style is heading towards luscious but there's a well-balanced savoury character too. It's honeyed, almost waxy, with bold flavours of exotic tropical fruit and heady flower blossoms and a strong finish. Gold Easter Show.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $11.99 special.

Crossroads Winery Hawkes Bay Syrah 2011
While the bright garnet colour of a young Pinot Noir, the savoury, Euro-like slightly peppery bouquet suggests something different. The texture is soft and smooth and the taste is moderately dry with plummy fruit and a savoury spiciness to the finish. It's medium-bodied in palate weight and overall a little simple, but has a generosity which makes for easy drinking and, hey, look at the price.
13% alc. Screwcap. $14.99 special.

Sebastiani Zinfandel 2009 – Sonoma, USA
This dark pinky red, medium-bodied seducer is harmonious and juicy with sweet cedary oak and supple tannins providing a smooth, easy texture, Sam described the flavours as "dark plum, cocoa and spice" and I agree. Plus there are blueberries and currants and a smoky, creamy, vanillin sweetness as the taste lingers. A little reminiscent of a soft, easy South Australian shiraz.
14.5% alc. Cork. $19.99.

La Puerta Reserva Malbec 2010 – Famatina Valley, Argentina
Vibrant purple red, some floral nuance to the smoky oak and dark berry scent, and dark and savoury tasting with a meaty richness, a vibrant spiciness, blackberries and dark plums. It's very ripe, almost jammy, there's a suggestion of violets too with dried herbs and smoke on the finish. Quite firm and dry, but succulent and juicy at the same time. A meat lovers wine.
14% alc. Cork. $18.99 special.

Kilikanoon The Lackey South Australia Shiraz 2010
Deep black red, intense and concentrated in appearance. Perfumed with fragrant spices, vanillin oak, chocolate and cherries and the taste is full, smooth and harmonious with a kick of peppery spice. It's medium to full-bodied and so incredibly juicy. Bursting with red fruits, an underpinning of smoky savoury oak and a lingering taste of chocolate and anise, for many it will be hard to resist.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $15.99 special.

Aramis Vineyards McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
This blockbuster red has an inky red black colour and smells concentrated and powerful with biscuity oak, a hint of tar, spices and currants. The tannins are firm and the flavours depict spiced plums/ prunes, tobacco and cigar box characters with a fruit sweet juiciness to the long lasting finish. "Muscular and grippy," says Kingsley. White label.
14.5 % alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Aramis McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
A deep dark, almost inky black red with a cedary oak aroma, dark berries and herbs. This is so smooth and harmonious as it flows across the palate, it evokes that McLaren Vale 'liquid chocolate' that some of the best wines from this area attain. Juicy currants and plums with a raspberry brightness, some sappy herb characters and a fine tannin finish. White label.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Aramis Single Vineyard McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Dark purple red with a brightness to the bouquet and lashings of nutty oak in the palate where the firm tannins have a silky edge and the overall impression is dry. There's nut chocolate, currant-like fruit and a harmonious savoury backbone, but this is all about the mouthfilling richness, texture and concentration, It's dry, it's salivating, it's spicy and just a little heady but memorable … a great wine to finish the tasting. Black label.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $29.99 special.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 1 May 2013
Wines were tasted blind .

Le G de Chateau Guiraud Bordeaux Blanc 2011 – France
Made from 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, this straw gold wine has a very pretty bouquet of citrus blossoms, tropical fruit and quince and tastes zingy and fresh with a flinty savouriness underpinning the exotic tropical and citrus fruit. There's a zesty brightness and a tarragon nuance to the lingering taste. Refreshing and different, with a sweetness level that's almost bone dry. A very exciting wine to try.
13.5% alc. Cork. $29.99 special.

Domaine Gerard Fiou Sancerre 2011 – France This 100% Loire Valley Sauvignon has a fruity aroma of apples and pears and it is full-bodied and rich in the palate with a smooth texture that's almost oily. Ripe fruit gives an impression of lusciousness but again this wine is bone dry with underlying freshness and zing. There's a suggestion of grass, crisp green apples, a lovely infusion of tarragon / anise and increasing pungency and power.
13.5% alc. Cork. $29.99 special.

Bouchard Saint-Aubin Premier Cru 2011 – Burgundy, France
This 100% Chardonnay from the Cote D'Or has a hint of butter caramel to the scent and is crammed with appealing mealy, yeast lees flavours. It seems super ripe for Burgundy with peach and citrus over a dry chalky backbone. Powerful and flavoursome, with beautifully integrated savoury oak, this is a very stylish wine with a zesty freshness and a long silky, mouthcoating finish.
13% alc. Cork. $56.99.

Albert Mann Tradition Pinot Gris 2010 – Alsace, France
A hint of honeysuckle nectar on the nose of this light gold wine suggests this wine is sweeter, and indeed it is luscious but not overly so. Deliciously juicy and fruity with lightly honeyed vanilla, poached pears, custard apple, aromatic spices, a savoury backbone and fresh acidity making the finish seem zesty and dry. Impressive.
14% alc. Cork. $29.99 special.

Camboral Crianza Tempranillo 2007 – Rioja, Spain
Showing some age with its thinning garnet red hue, the generous bouquet has hints of rose petals and chocolate and while the taste is initially quite savoury, tarry, earthy and mellow, a juicy, ripe raisiny sweetness takes over. A medium-bodied wine finishing with smoky oak and a touch of liquorice, it's super smooth all the way through.
14% alc. Cork. $15.99 special.

Lar de Paula Tempranillo 2010 – Rioja, Spain
Medium weight ruby red coloured with a hint of pepper to the chocolatey oak scent and on the cusp of full-bodied in the palate. Savoury to start with upfront firm tannins that become quite velvety on the end palate, there's chocolate, mocha, pepper, creamy vanillin oak and bright berry fruit, it's fresh and modern in style.
13% alc. Cork. $16.99 special.

Pago de Cirsus Single Vineyard Tempranillo Merlot Syrah 2010 – Navarro, Spain
Some garnet tinges to the medium red hue with a generous aroma that evoke tar, leather and nuances of dried herbs – these characters carry though to the firm full-bodied palate that resonates smoky oak, a touch of pepper, macerated plum and red berry fruit and a chocolate orange brightness to the mellow finish. An exciting wine with lots going on.
14% alc. Cork. $14.99 special.

Leonardo Chianti DOCG 2010 – Tuscany, Italy
The light garnet red colour has just a tinge of brick, it’s savoury on the nose with the slightest hint of anise, even more in the palate. Medium to full-bodied with smooth tannins, it's not particularly fruity but it's very juicy and succulent and will be lovely to sip on both with or without food.
12.5% alc. Cork. $14.99 special.

Isola e Olena Chianti Classico DOCG 2009 – Tuscany, Italy
Deep garnet red with an intriguing, almost salty aura to the sweet red fruit bouquet and a high-toned palate, this juicy wine is crammed with succulent red fruits, sweet smoky oak, tobacco, herbs and spices – perhaps even a touch of chocolate and rose coming through. The tannins are smooth and velvety and the wine has lovely concentration and flow. A quality wine with a sense of both old and new world, you can drink or cellar.
13.5% alc. Cork. $48.99 special.

Raiza Reserva Tempranillo 2006 – Rioja, Spain
It's a fading garnet red, reflective of its age, with an aroma and taste reminiscent of a seductive South Australian red. This is of course Spanish, however. It's velvety textured with creamy vanillin oak, sweet spices, a hint of cigar box, fresh underlying acidity and a peppery flourish to the finish. A firm powerful wine with fine tannins, and while it is hard to pinpoint the fruit it has a succulent vinosity and well-balanced savouriness all the way through. If you like this style of wine, you may find this irresistible. I do. A fantastic cellaring proposition too.
14% alc. Cork. $22.99 special.

Edizione Vintage 2010 – Puglia/Abruzzo, Italy
Inky purple red with dark berry scents – not overly expressive on the nose but massively concentrated and flavoursome to the taste. Full of macerated raisins, prunes, sweet spices, savoury oak and liquorice with seductive mouth-caressing tannins and an impressively long juicy finish, this luxurious Southern Italian blend combines Montepulciano, Primitivo, Sangiovese, Negroamaro and Malvasia packaged in the big heavy bottle. Gold NZIWS.
14% alc. Cork. $45.99 special.

Porto Cruz 10 Year Old Tawny
An intense orange amber colour, clear and bright. The bouquet is mellow, cedary, raisiny and rather pleasantly not too spirituous either. The taste has a typically dry nutty impression with rancio characters abounding, yet this is luscious in its richness with fine viscosity and length and a lingering taste reminiscent of orange liqueur and liquorice.
19% alc. Cork. $66.99.

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