Monday, 23 November 2015

Mudbrick Vineyard

Mudbrick Vineyard reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Waiheke Island
Complex bouquet of Cabernet then Merlot aromas with bracken laced blackberry and tobacco leaf, baked bell-pepper then fresh and baked Doris plums; plenty of toasty oak and rocky earthy moments round out the bouquet. On the palate - full-bodied, rich in texture and flavours with blackberry and plum fruit flavours, dry, medium+ acidity, high (ish) tannins from the fruit and oak, hay, bell-pepper and tobacco moments. Lengthy finish, well made and destined for the dining table - decanted or cellared for a further 2-5 years.
91 Points

Mills Reef Winery

Mills Reef Winery Reserve Syrah 2014 Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay
Quite an alluring and sensual bouquet for Syrah with soft red berry fruits laced with sweet oak spices, vanilla and mild toasty qualities; juiced red plum, raspberry and a hint of English fruitcake or pudding. On the palate - dry, fruity, firm and fresh; flavours of plum and black fruits then old raspberry jam and white pepper; a touch of sweet meat and soft mushroom, moderate oak and plenty of chalky oak tannins add texture and length; medium+ complexity, balanced and well made.
90 Points

Chateau du Bourg

Chateau du Bourg Beaujolais-Villages 2014 Fleurie 
Bright, fresh, aromatic and very fruity with suggestions of strawberry, sweet cranberry and yellow plum. On the palate - crisp, fresh, fruity, simple, balanced and packed with the flavours of Summer red berries, medium+ acidity, very low tannin, super easy to drink and uber food friendly.
82 Points


Zephyr Pinot Noir 2014 Marlborough
Very bright with lots of ruby and purple hues; aromas of ripe red berry fruits: plum, cranberry red cherry, lots of red apple skin and easy oak tones. On the palate - plush, lush, fruity and dry; a youthful yet very tasty expression of Pinot Noir with plenty of red berry fruit flavours laced with gentle oak moments, fine easy almost silky tannins and plenty of acidity. Drink now and through 2017 or cellar for another year.
89 Points

Black Estate

Black Estate 'Damsteep' Pinot Noir 2014
Great colour and appearance with aromas of Summer - red flowers of rose, damson plum and sweet ripe raspberry and cherry, mineral tones and soft fragrant wood spices. On the palate - youthful, dry, fruity, soft dried herb and loaded with mineral messages; plenty of red cherry and red berry fruit flavours, medium to fine tannins, medium+ acidity and a lengthy finish; lovely balance and finish. Suitable for service today if decanted and rested or cellar for 2 more years minimum.
90 Points

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Mudbrick Vineyard

Mudbrick Vineyard Syrah 2014 Waiheke Island
Intense bouquet of ripe red berry fruits - dark raspberry and Doris plum, blueberry and blackcurrant; heady, spicy, toasty and fragrant with plenty of oak and synergies between the oak, fruit and wine making. On the palate - intense, spicy, dry, warm and packed with pepper laced black fruit flavours; medium+ acidity and tannins add texture and energy; full-bodied, peppery and distinctive palate experience. Overall a very nice wine that is very youthful still and requires some cellar time of around 2-4 years before it should be approached again. Decant and rest for service.
90 Points

Friday, 20 November 2015

Brick Bay

Brick Bay Malbec 2012 Matakana
Dark berries, wild dark berries, wild florals and a core of ripe fruit make the bouquet of this wine significant and alluring mild to moderate oak spices with vanilla and toasty tones. On the palate - dry, firm, generous and fruity confirming the wild red berry fruits and firm to fine tannin structure; medium+ acidity adds texture, grip and finish. Well made example with some cellar time required to bring complete harmony - suggesting a minimum of 2 years.
90 Points