Thursday, 28 July 2016

Ha Ha

Ha Ha Brut Cuvee Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Very peachy fruity and bold on the nose with lemon and stone fruit aromas, mild autolysis and simple complexity. On the palate - crisp, clean, fresh and dry; plenty of bright fleshy white fruit flavours, decent acidity and modertae finish; balanced and well made.
82 Points

Spade Oak

Spade Oak Blanc de Blancs RD Gisborne NV
Immediately complex with a bouquet of white peach, white flowers and textured yeasty autolysis. On the palate - dry, creamy, lush and ull of white peach and grapefruit flavours , some apple. Fresh and lively too with plenty of acidity, mild to moderate length, balanced and wll made.
85 Points

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Bodega Cuarto Surco

ARG Tipo Tenaz Malbec 2015 Mendoza, Argentina
Fresh tart red fruits bouquet with wild cherry, raspberry and cranberry aromas, red peppercorn spice with mild to moderate oak hard clay mineral layer. On the palate - juicy, fresh, ripe and fruity - red cherry, red plum and cranberry flavours, very light on oak, medium+ (ish) acidity, very mild tannins and a balanced moderate finish.
86 Points

Latente Selected Vineyards Malbec 2015 Mendoza, Argentina
Fruity, toasty, spicy with black and red fruits led bouquet, charry vanilla scented oak layer, deep red floral note - an attractive package overall. On the palate - fresh, fruity and flavourful with plums, red berries and some darker red fruit flavours; more toasty vanilla and brown spice oak, medium+ acidity, finer tannins, balanced and well made with a moderate+ finish.
88 Points

La Prima Bodeguita reserva Malbec 2014 Mendoza, Argantina
Dark red berry aromas together with some newer oak, its vanilla, spice and toasty layers offer an attractive and vibrant bouquet. On the palate - juicy, fresh, fruity, firm and dry - a wine with some complexity that speaks to character and texture as much as it does Malbec; flavours of dark berries with ripe cranberry, plum and boysenberry suggestions; newer oak toasted brown spices layer, medium+ (ish) acidity and fine to moderate tannins; good balance and medium+ length and finish.
89 Points

Latente Reserva Malbec 2014 Mendoza, Argentina
Broody, dark, ripe, oaky and enticing bouquet with a lure of toasty oak and meaty dark red bery fruits; plenty of vanilla and brown baking spices, some brown sugar, nutty oak and mild earthy layers. On the palate - dry, firm and youthful with medium+ tannin bite, no mistaking the oak layers and flavours, dark red berry fruits and medium+ acidity overall. Decent length and concentration making this a smart choice for bigger bolder and meatier dishes. Overall balanced and well made. Suggested decant for service or a large glass.
90 Points

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Vidal of Hawke's Bay

Vidal of Hawke's Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Gimblett Gravels
Masculine bouquet of meaty fleshy blackberry and baked plum, sweet roasted peppers and violet's, no mistaking the oak. Fresh tobacco leaf, youthful and complex. On the palate dark berries, dark baking spices, vanilla and black cherry. Sweet oak, med+ tannins & acidity. Youthful, firm, ripe and amazingly balanced for such a young wine.93 Points

Pegasus Bay

Pegasus Bay Merlot Cabernet 2013 Waipara Valley
Toasty oak bouquet and packed with dark berry and plum aromas, some black cherry and sweet tobacco leaf; violets, earth, sweet oak and slightly nutty. On the palate - dry, firm, focused flavours of blackberry and roasted vanilla, toasty oak and brown spices; medium+ tannins and acidity, already balanced but with plenty of youthful energy; violets a strong feature and even a hint of five spice. A lovely wine.
90 Points

Two Paddocks

Two Paddocks 'The Last Chance' Pinot Noir 2013 
Earnscleugh Vineyard - Otago
On the nose - quite soft and fragrant with sweet oak spices mixed with darker berry fruits and crushed roses fill the bouquet; dark cherry and red apple skin; complex and intriguing. On the palate - tense, dry, textures of chalky tannins and youthful vibrant acidity mixed with dark cherry and berry fruit flavours; darker baking spice moments plus clove and toasty oak. Youthful, complex, lengthy finish.
96 Points

Two Paddocks 'The Fusilier' 2014 Pinot Noir Bannockburn
On the nose - an immediate signature of mineral, soil, soft dried herb and ripe ripe fruit, wild black cherry, dark red apple skin, some cashew nutty oak and toasty spice. On the palate - a great reflection of what the nose suggests - with sweet red berry fruits, fine tannins with dried herb and schist soil ideas, lots of youthful energy from medium+ acidity. Great length
95 points

Friday, 8 July 2016

Black Estate

Black Estate Damsteep Pinot Noir 2014 Waipara Valley
Complex and elegant bouquet of soft ripe red fruits lead by wild raspberry, currant and cherry; floral perfume and oak scents emerge with light browm spice and red rose. On the palate - immediately fruity with flavours of wild beries and dried herbs; brown spices and soft vanilla flavours; medium to fine tannins with a chalk like texture, plenty of acididty and complex, lengthy finish. An absolute must try wine.
94 Points