Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Trinity Hill

Trinity Hill 'Homage' 2014 (100% Syrah)
Immediately varietal and complex with aromas of ripe red and dark red berry fruits; meaty, dark and broody; violets and spices of peppercorn and oak with a layer of new oak and savoury tones; while the bouquet overall is of a youthful and fresh young wine there is an equal amount of complexity brooding. On the palate - full-bodied, rich, complex, fruity, layered, spicy and dry; flavours of crushed dark red berry fruits, sweet meat, fruit and oak lead spices; plenty of acidity and medium+ tannins together show-off the raw youthful energy and ageing potential of this well crafted example. The finish is considerably long, layered, complex and beguiling.
Easily the best Homage I have had the pleasure of reviewing. And now I am going to drink a whole glass!
98 Points

Friday, 16 September 2016

Johanneshof Cellars

Johanneshof Cellars Pinot Gris 2016 Marlborough
Rich and ripe bouquet of white fleshed fruits lead by Asian pear and white nectarine, some spice and soil suggestions. On the palate - soft, creamy, slightly oily and off-dry with some sweetness, a delicious wine with medium acidity and soft fruit tannins, great balance and finish.
89 Points

Akarua

Akarua RUA Pinot Gris 2016 Central Otago
Plush, fruity, ripe and juicy fresh fruit aromas of white fleshed tree fruits with some Asian pear and white pepper spice moments. Just off-dry with a little sweetness to contrast the fresh, crisp acidity, plush soft white fruit flavours, fleshy juciy finish with a white pepper flick on the end. Very nice, balanced and well made example. Perfect Summer drinking.
88 Points

Misha's Vineyard

Misha's Vineyard 'The Soloist' Pinot Rose 2016 Central Otago
Juicy, ripe, fresh and plush bouquet of sweet red cherry, red melon, cranberry and white rose; simple, forward and inviting. On the palate - dry, fruity, fresh and delicious with flavours that reflect the bouquet, Summer berry pudding flavours, fresh and crisp acidity with a persistent flavour and lengthy finish.
90 Points

Crossroads

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah 2014 Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay
Rich, varietal and intense bouquet of dark berries, spice and earthy stony soil aromas; some very classic Syrah aromas with white pepper and peppercorn, dark raspberry and meat; no mistaking the oak layer; a complex and intense bouqet. Dry, very youthful and bold with great concentration of fruit, sweet oak, layers of pepper spice and toasty oak, medium+ tannins and plenty of acidity, a long finish. Another great example from the CR stable.
92 Points

Eaton

Eaton Merlot Malbec Cabernet 2014 Marlborough
Seductive bouquet of dark red berry fruit, chocolate, fresh clove and ripe tobacco; violets, gun metal and dark rose; a complex and beguiling bouquet with a layer of intrigue and mystery. Dry, firm, youthful, fruity and quite complex - flavours of dark berries and raspberry with some bitter chocolate and marmite; plenty of tannins and acidity and oak, a lengthy finish. A wine that needs decanting for service or cellar time to allow the elements to integrate - through 2022.
92 Points

Askerne

Askerne Merlot Cabernet Franc 2014 Hawke's Bay
Ripe, focused and concentrated red fruits boquuet with loads of plum and black berry aromas; dark spices and sweet vanilla with noticeable oak; medium+(ish) complexity. Fruity and dry with medium+ tannins and acidity, flaours of berries and darker red fruits return, plenty of vanilla and toasty oak; great texture and length. Overall a lovely wine - best enjoyed with cheeses or a fine cigar!
88 Points