Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Murdoch James

Murdoch James Single Vineyard 'Blue Rock' Syrah 2012 14%
Meaty, savory, white smoke and a mix of berry fruit aromas alongside a mild pepper quality of Syrah. There's a hint of dried herbs and fresh oak as well which add a distinctiveness to the bouquet. On the palate - this is a dry wine with a distinctive savory and meaty flavor led profile; the fruit flavors include dried raspberry and cherry suggestions with a hint of jam; medium+ acidity and tannins with a mild peppery quality. Medium length and finish - this is a food wine only and requires something quite simple such as a semi-hard tasty cheese like aged Gouda. I would suggest also another 2 years in cellar.
3 Stars


Haha Hawke's Bay Merlot 2014 13.5%
Very dark purple hues, opaque in appearance.
Aromas of dark berry and roasted plum with suggestions of fruit cake and spice. There's plenty of toasty barrel aromas too with vanilla and brown spice suggestions. On the palate - a tense and dry wine with lots of youthful textures at play: medium+ acidity and tannins and a core of plum and black berry fruit flavors as well as savory oak spices. Overall a very nice wine that simply requires time in decanter or preferably a cellar for around 18 months.
4 Stars

Saturday, 13 December 2014


Selaks Founders Limited Edition Hawke's Bay Pinot Gris 2014 13.5%
A rich and lush bouquet of ripe white fleshed fruit - nectarine and peach; pear skin and an oily rich suggestion; lightly spiced. On the palate - as the nose suggests - rich and lush with lots of fruits intensity and white spice; medium+ acidity, medium weight; a strong persistent finish; balanced and well made. Enjoy now and through 2015.
4 Stars

Selaks Founders Limited Edition Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 13%
The varietal signature of fresh herbs, tropical fruits and citrus bound together in a vibrant and giving bouquet are all present and accounted for in this example - though softer and mild with an elegant unfurling. On the palate - crisp, quite dry and full of the flavors described above; high youthful acidity is tempered by a touch of sugar, but mostly ripe fruit; balanced, longish finish and memorable flavors.
4.5 Stars

Selaks Founders Limited Edition Hawke's Bay Gimblett Gravels 2013 Merlot 14%
A really calming and pleasant bouquet of soft red berry fruits lead by plums of all colors and styles; softer more elegant use of oak with hints of vanilla and light toast. On the palate - dry with classic flavors of plums and some black fruits; the wood shows more on the palate with toastier impact; tannins are very obvious yet ripe with medium+ intensity - a wine for the cellar or decanting for early service; the finish is ripe and slightly sweet with a vanilla note. Well made and a shining star for the Limited Edition range.
4.5 Stars

Georges Duboef

Georges Duboef Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 12%
The usual punch of fresh and vibrant red fruit aromas including raspberry, red cherry and Summer Berry Pudding suggestions; the typical maceration carbonique aromas of bubble gum and green banana skin are also present. On the palate - crisp, dry fresh and very fruity with all the fruit flavors suggested above; high acid, low tannin, medium finish, medium_ body; classic if not a little lean. Great summer wine. What are you waiting for?
3 Stars

Friday, 12 December 2014

Brown Brothers

Brown Brothers Sparkling Moscato Rosa Milawa 7%
Lots of inviting and fragrant muscat aromas of tropical fruits, lemon/lemonade and flowers; on the palate - crisp, sweet and very fruity; lots of refreshing acidity and flavors that reflect the nose. A charming and tasty wine that is easy to drink and will match many foods with a sweet or spicy edge.
3 Stars

Brown Brothers Prosecco King Valley Milawa 12%
A fresh and fruity bouquet with aromas of apple led light white fleshed fruits; a dusting of sugar. On the palate - crisp and dry with a refreshing burst of fruit and acidity, clean fresh and vibrant finish. An easy drinking style as an aperitif or very effective in sparkling wine cocktails.
3 Stars

Brown Brothers Moscato & Sauvignon Blanc NV Victoria & Tasmania 7.5%
Lively, fresh, very fragrant and floral with aromas of tropical muscat fruits dominating the bouquet. On the palate - off dry with plenty of residual sugar alongside the fruit flavors of sultana, white fleshed fruits and lemonade; the Sauvignon Blanc provides an acid backbone eekwwping the wine fresh and crisp on the finish.

Mahurangi River Winery

Mahurangi River Winery Sparkling Rose 2014 12.5%
A very fruity bouquet with lots and lots of strawberry fruit suggestions, even a red candy floss note; on the palate - crisp and slightly sweet with flavors of red fruits especially strawberry, lots of crisp acidity brings balance to the wine. Cheerful Summer bubbly.

Saint Clair

Saint Clair Family Estate 2013 Pinot Noir 13.5%
Juicy, fruity and lush fruit aromas and flavors; medium body, medium+ acidity and finish. A delightful wine that will please those who like this style of Pinot. Medium length and mild complexity. Could also be chilled a little for Summer drinking.
3 Stars