Sunday, 19 June 2016

Pegasus Bay

Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2014 Waipara Valley
Intoxicating bouquet of white flowers and waxy sweet hay; grapefruit, white peach and other citrus suggestions; moderate mineral suggestion. On the palate - firm, dry, packed with flavour, medium++ acidity, light creamy texture, plenty of citrus lead flavours and peach moments; long finish; a delicious wine.91 Points

Saturday, 18 June 2016


Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2014 Martinborough
Ripe red berry fruit aromas of plum and raspberry with some red cherry suggestions, mild to moderate oak and some brown spice elements. On the palate - dry with light red fruit flavours, medium+ acididty and mild to moderate tannins - quite soft and fine, a balanced and well made wine for immediate drinking and through 2019.
88 Points


Grava Rose 2015 Martinborough
Strawberries, cherries, silty mineral undertones, soft old red flowers and a hint of spice. On the palate - an off-dry expression with ripe light red fruit flavours of strawberry and plum, some florals and silty mineral layer; medium+ acidity, creamy smooth finish, balanced.
86 Points


Haha Chardonnay 2015 Marlborough
Creamy, nutty, lifted, fruity and fresh with aromas of yellow peach and apple, soft vanilla and brown oak spice moments. On the palate - dry, firm, youthful and fresh with ripe peach and stone fruit flavours, vanilla, medium+ acidity and firm oak, some tension mid-palate, light nutty oak moments and fresh moderate finish, Well made - food oriented expression.
87 Points

Haha Merlot 2015 Hawke's Bay 
Dark red berry fruit aromas heavily laced with dark plum and oak spices; quite forward bold and fresh. On the palate - dry, firm, fresh and very fruity with dark plums and blackberry fruits, medium+ acidity and firm medium+ tannins; plenty of toasty oak spices; a youthful expression with tome on its side. Decant for service or cellar through 2019.
90 Points

Wairau River

Wairau River Family Estate Reserve Viognier 2015 Marlborough
Very bold, fruity and poignant bouquet of spiced apricots and peaches; some quince and gentle oak-like moments. On the palate - dry with silky textures and flavours of peaches and apricots, apples and quince; medium/medium+ acidity, smooth longer finish, balanced and well made.
88 Points

Wairau River Family Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2015 Marlborough
Creamy smooth textures in the boquuet of white and yellow peach, soft vanilla and oak spices and a light butter note, some yeast lees suggestions. On the palate - dry, creamy smooth textures with flavours of white peach and red apple, vanilla and oak wood moments; medium acidity, fresh, bold and lively, great balance and well made with a lengthy finish.
90 Points

Wairau River Family Estate Reserve Syrah  2014 Marlborough
Fresh dark red berries with baked red raspberry, red beets and blue berry fruits; vanilla and brown spice oak aromas, quite toasty with medium complexity. On the palate - dry, firm and youthful with medium+ tannins - chalky and tense; medium+ acidity, ripe dark red berries with raspberry and blue fruit flavours, dark spices and pepper moments. Youthful with a lengthy finish.
92 Points

Rapaura Springs

Rapaura Springs Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough
Bold and expressive bouquet with a concentration of ripe citrus and tree fruits with tropical fruit layer and light jalapeno spice. On the palate - crisp, firm, fresh with a core of ripe fruits from sweet grapfruit to gooseberry and golden kiwifruit; high acidity is contrasted with fruit sweetness, lengthy finish, a fine example and well made.
91 Points

Music Bay

Music Bay Spring Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough
Very expressive bouquet of ripe fresh tropical and citrus fruits with floral and wet stone suggestions. On the palate - very light with a fruit and fruit sweet flavours; grapes, passion fruit and tropical flavours, medium+ acidity, balanced, fresh and lively.
84 Points