Sunday, 19 November 2017

By. Ott

By Ott Rosé 2016 Cotes de Provence
Onion skin and pale salmon colour. Aromas and flavours of red apple skin, apple flesh, subtle peach and light red fruit suggestions. Crisp and just dry with plenty of acidity and a whisper of tannin. Balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2019/2020.

89 Points


Serafino Shiraz 2015 McLaren Vale Australia
Toasty, broody, oaky and very fruity bouquet; engaging and alluring aromas of dark berry fruits – fresh and cooked, a jammy note and packed with liquorice, vanilla and pepper spices. On the palate – intense, fruity, spicy and dry; decent level of concentration mid-palate with ripe berry fruit and oak flavours; fine tannins and medium acidity; fleshy, plump and toasty; dark spices, chocolate and pepper. Lengthy finish, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2026.

91 Points

Wirra Wirra

Wirra Wirra ‘Church Block’ Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot 2015 McLaren Vale Australia
Ripe, fruity, fleshy and varietal with aromas of blackberry, plum, raspberry and black currant; a light violet floral layer adds complexity and charm; moderate+ oak layer with brown spices and toasty-ness; medium+ intensity overall. On the palate – youthful, firm, fruity and dry. Medium+ tannins showing a chalky texture; no mistaking the oak, but not overdone either, a light char-note then moderate toasty effect; flavours of fruits reflect the nose; youthful still with plenty of acidity and vibrancy, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2025.

90 Points

M. Chapoutier

M. Chapoutier ‘La Bernardine’ Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2014 Rhone, France
Complex and developing bouquet yet also youthful with aromas of plums, spice, leather and red berries. On the palate the wine speaks loud – mushroom, berries, pepper, meat, a hint of truffle and earthy stony layers; dry with plenty of alcohol; fine yet abundant tannins, balanced and lengthy; complex. Medium+(ish) acidity, an old rose moment, lengthy finish. Totally enjoyable wine. Drink now and through 2026+.
93 Points

M. Chapoutier ‘Les Meysonniers’ Crozes-Hermitage 2015 Rhone, France
Very youthful dark purple appearance with a youthful pink rim, loads of coloured tears. The nose and palate show off ripe dark berries and plenty of new oak, granitic soil and a mixed bag of country-side scents from wild meats to dark roses. Firm, youthful, ripe tannins coming from oak and fruit, plenty of acidity with a big and bold structure overall. Concentrated, plush and long finish. Drink now if decanted. Best from now and through 2030.
96 Points

M. Chapoutier Rosé Pays d’ Oc, 2016 France
Gentle salmon rose colours. Aromas and flavours of light red fruits, a whisper of rose and quiet mineral tones. The mineral layer speaks louder on the palate; crisp and refreshing acidity, cranberry and strawberry red fruit flavours are quiet though obvious; crisp dry finish. Great choice with a range of crunchy and flavourful appetizer. Balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2018\19.

88 Points

Vidal of Hawkes Bay

Vidal of Hawkes Bay ‘Legacy’ Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013 Gimblett Gravels
Complex, youthful, varietal and masculine with distinctive aromas and flavours of blackberry and plum then black currant, English tea, stony soil/granite and plenty of oak. The acidity is bold and youthful, tannins ripe and grippy with a finish reminiscent of iron, graphite and tobacco. A wine still developing. Great textures and lengthy finish. Drink now if decanted. Best from 2019 through 2029.

95 Points

Murdoch James

Murdoch James SV Cabernet Franc 2012 Martinborough
Developed wine and ready to drink – aromas and flavours of red plum and old rose, a little residual sweetness and medium acidity holding all the elements in place. Very fine integrated tannins. Balanced and ready. Drink now and through 2018.

82 Points

Kidnapper Cliffs

Kidnapper cliffs Syrah 2013 Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay
Produced and bottled by Te Awa Winery
Ripe, fruity, dense, rich, polished and enticing bouquet of Syrah. Aromas and flavours of sweet black currant, crushed raspberry, blue berry and dark red cherry; complex. No mistaking the oak – bold, intense and packed with vanilla and clove, toasty with a mild smokiness. On the palate – dry, plush, fruity and fresh; very youthful still, fine tannins, a back bone of acidity, plenty of energy and youthful charm. Drink now and through 2030.

95 Points