Saturday, 24 February 2018

Samuel's Gorge

Samuel's Gorge Shiraz 2014 McLaren Vale, South Australia
Classic bouquet of Shiraz with abundant dark berry aromas of blueberry and black plum, crushed black cherry, brown sugar, blackberry pie, black pepper and toasty oak showing with vanilla and clove. Dry, very fruity and toasty with flavours of blue fruits and dark plum, brown spices, moderate tannins and just firm acidity. Balanced and well made and very easy and approachable style. Drink now and through 2022.
89 Points

Mills Reef

Mills Reef Winery Estate Chardonnay 2016 Hawkes Bay
Many aromas of a classically styled Hawkes Bay Chardonnay with peach and yellow apple, banana and vanilla, nut and mild barrel notes; creamy rounded texture with a mild buttery suggestion. Just dry, creamy and fresh on the palate - flavours reflect the nose with creamy peach, tropical and vanilla flavours, mild wood notes with a gentle tannin layer; medium acidity and finish. Balanced and well made and delivers well for the price.
88 Points

Friday, 9 February 2018

Charles Smith Wines

Charles Smith Wines 'Kung Fu Girl' Riesling 2016, Washington State, USA
Fleshy, plump, ripe and varietal aromas of Riesling with sweet pear, apple and citrus, underlying line of minerality. Crunchy, fresh, lively and fruity on the palate with green apple, lemon and barely sugar flavours; plenty of acidity adds a fine texture and dryness on the finish. Balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2026.
90 Points

Charles Smith Wines 'Eve' Chardonnay 2015, Washington State, USA
Lifted, fresh and elegant bouquet of tree fruits and citrus, quite steely yet familiar with white and yellow peach then apple. Dry on the palate with flavours that reflect the nose - citrus and white fleshed tree fruits, warming alcohol and refreshing acidity; mild to moderate oak flavours with some spice and vanilla notes. Drink through 2020 - food recommended.
88 Points

Charles Smith Wines 'Boom Boom' Syrah 2015, Washington State, USA
Attractive bouquet of pepper-spiced dark berries, toasty wood and dark spices - clove and baked vanilla. Ripe, fruity and dry on the palate with flavours of sweet dark berries, a touch of brown sugar, soft pepper spice and toasted wood. Abundant yet easy to assimilate tannins, medium acidity, balanced, well made and ready to drink. Loads of fun - enjoy from now and through 2024.

90 Points


Vinoptima Reserve Gewurztraminer 2010, Ormond, Gisborne
Boldly fragrant, lush and fully laden with aromas of exotic fruits, gentle oak spice, fruit spice, varietal spice and a clay-like minerality. Lush and full-bodied on the palate with flavours of white, yellow and tropical fruits; creamy texture is contrasted with spices, medium yet focused acidity and lengthy finish. A classic and benchmark style for New Zealand as well as a reminder of the continued potential in Gisborne as a wine producing region.  
94 Points

Ata Rangi

Ata Rangi Lismore Pinot Gris 2017, Martinborough
Fragrant and complex bouquet filled with aromas of flowers and ripe fruit with a currant of minerality. Dried pear and apple, a hint of tropical fruit, white spice and light savoury lees layer adding complexity. Supple and silky texture on the palate with a warmth and spiced white flesh fruits; balanced, weighty, decent acidity and finishing dry. An excellent example.
95 Points

Friday, 2 February 2018

Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill Bush Vine Grenache 2016. McLaren Vale, South Australia
Ripe red and dark red fruit aromas with plum and dark berry fruits, some licorice and vanilla, a layer of toasty oak builds complexity. Youthful and engaging overall. On the palate - packed with flavours of wild plum and berries of the forest; dry with medium+ acidity and weight; balanced use of oak and fleshy texture contrasted by firm-ish youthful tannins. Great balance and uber food friendly example. Drink now and through 2024.
91 Points

Te Kano

Te Kano Blanc de Noir 2017 Central Otago
White strawberry hue and brilliant sheen appearance. Aromas and flavours Asian pears and crushed golden apple, hints of lychee, white flowers and spice. Gentle creamy texture is contrasted with the bite of acidity and warmth of alcohol. Love to serve as an aperitif this wine has texture, the right measure of flavour and a lengthy persistent finish. drink now and through 2020.
90 Points

Te Kano Pinot Gris 2017 Central Otago
Intense varietal signature of white fleshed fruits, honeysuckle and spice. Aromas and flavours of pears and pear skin, white peach, spice, a little ginger and apple. There's a light botanical note that adds depth; the fruit intensity returns along with the warmth of alcohol, medium+ acidity and fairly lengthy finish. Generous finish. Drink now and through 2019.
88 Points

Te Kano Rose 2017 Central Otago
Made from Pinot Noir - aromas and flavours of raspberries and strawberries with a rose and red cherry highlights. Lush, crisp, dry and totally enjoyable. Balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2020.
89 Points