Saturday, 20 August 2016

Folding Hill

Folding Hill Pinot Noir 2014 Bendigo Central Otago 14.2%
Complex, varietal, toasty and layered bouquet of Pinot Noir with dark cherry, baked cherry, freeze-dried cherry and some raspberry plum moments; the mix of baking spices and older oak add complexity and intrigue. On the palate - fruity, floral, dry and complex; layers of red berry fruits and oak, textures of silk and chalk from abundant tannins; medium+ acidity; firm yet lengthy finish. A wine with tension and poise as well as charm and potential. Decant for a service or cellar through 2018 then check again. Will reward through 2025.
93 Points


Piramimma 'Pirra' Grenache Shoraz 2013 Mclaren Vale South Australia 14.8%
Quite aromatic with tart red berry fruits, spices and sweet vanilla scents; generous though not excessive oak, mild complexity. On the palate - fruity, lush, juicy and dry; plenty of red berry and sweet plum flavours, baking spices and a little pepper; medium acidity and tannins, warming alcohol and very easy to drink finish. Balanced and well made.
85 Points


Beresford Shiraz 2014 McLarenvale South Australia 14.5%
Very fruity, dark berries, toasty and sweet ripe raisin-like aromas; plenty of jam and brown sugar suggestions; vanilla and a light tart red berry note. On the palate - juicy, sweet red berry fruits, prune and chocolate moments, medium acidity and tannins; lots of toasty vanilla oak. Balanced and well made, a classic if not predicatble example.
86 Points

Sacred Hill

Sacred Hill 'Deerstalkers' Syrah 2014 Hawke's Bay 13.5%
Deep inky ruby purple core and bright pink rim.
A bouquet of ripe, almost jammy baked red fruits with dense raspberry, black currant and plum, aromas of soft pepper, fresh new barrel, vanilla and wet clove, concentrated and complex. On the palate - delicious! concentrated, full, rich and powerful; plenty of acidity and medium+ tannins from the fruit first and oak second along with focused fruit, oak and flavours synergies make for a powerful and intense example. Youthful and focused - a wine to cellar or decant for service. Solid cellaring through 2030.
96 Points

Sacred Hill 'Brokenstone' 2014 Hawke's Bay 13.5% (Merlot/Malbec/Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc)
Dark ruby purple core and bright ruby rim.
Fully loaded bouquet of wild and fresh red berries, dark plum and blackberry; some dried herb and soft pepper notes, a little bell pepper and vanilla scented toasty oak; quite complex overall. On the palate - dry, savoury, firm, youthful, full and rich in flavour; dark berry fruits and a light tart red fruit layer, plenty of acidity and firm tannins; the light bell-pepper and hay layer re-emerges; tense, youthful and lengthy finish. A wine to decant or for the cellar; will reward through 2025.
94 Points

Sacred Hill 'Helmsman' 2014 Hawke's Bay 13.5% (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc)
Saturated ruby and purple through to a  a bright ruby rim.
Masculine, bold, a little broody and ripe with dark berry fruit aromas of blackberry and Doris plum, oaky with clove and dark vanilla, floral with dark violets, toasty, woody nutty new barrel and a gentle vegetal herb quality; complex. On the palate - fruity, dry, complex and layered, light savoury and dried hay note, some tobacco and dark spice layers; blackberry and plum; medium+ acidity, plenty of oak & skin tannins; complex and long finish. A tense and youthful wine that time in cellar will reward. Decant well ahead of time; will cellar through 2030.
96 Points

Friday, 19 August 2016

Te Hera Estate

Te Hera Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2013 Martinborough 13.5%
Steely fresh fruit drive with red cherry and macerated starwberry lift, sweet oak and nutty cashew layer, fallen autumn leaves and vanilla note. On the palate - quite fruity with red charry and red plum flavours, fine to moderate tannins and acidity, balamced and well made; dirnk now and through 2018.
88 Points

Te Hera Estate 'Kiritea' Pinot Noir 2013 Martinborough 13.5%
Ripe and fruity core of red fruits with a sweet red cherry and raspberry; a light vailla spice and gentle toasty oak layer. On the palate - fruity and dry with medium+ noticeable tannins and acidity; tannins have a rough silk texture accentuated by the acidity and oak; flavours of red berries; decent finish and with some length. Drink now and through 2020; balanced and well made.
90 Points

Petane Station

Petane Station SV Pinot Gris 2015 Esk Valley Hawke's Bay 14%
Pronounced Pet-aa-knee- This wine shows a bouquet of ripe fresh and fleshy white fruits with peach and pear, apple and Nashi; some light white spice moments and light mineral layer of stone. On the palate - very fruity and lush with lots of white fleshed fruit flavours, a hint of button mushroom and white pepper; medium acidity (+/-), a creamy layer to the texture and a lengthy white fruits finish. Lots to like.
89 Points

Petane Station SV Viognier 2015 Esk Valley Hawke's Bay 14%
Great varietal attack with bold and muscly aromas of fresh and poached apricot, quince, peach tea and apple, a spice and floral layer adds depth to also solidify the bouquet as nothing but Viognier. On the palate - fuller-bodied, rounded texture, packed with orange orchard fruit flavours, spice and warmth. A lovely example of the variety and a wine to savour with paella or or orange buttered snapper.
89 Points

Petane Station SV Gewurztraminer 2015 Esk Valley Hawke's Bay 15%
Floral and very fruity bouquet with exotic ripe fruit aromas of white peach, apple, some lychee and lavender; mild spice and herb layer. On the palate - creamy, fruity, warm; a mix of yellow and white fruit flavours, medium acidity and warming alcohol; in a drink now style to be paired with mildly spice European/Asian fusion cuisine.
82 Points

Petane Station SV Syrah 2013 Esk Valley Hawke's Bay 12.5%
Deep ruby core with a pink rim - leads to a bouquet of dark plum and baked raspberry, black pepper and blue fruits, a layer of five-spice with clove at the front; velvet rose and toasty oak. On the palate - dry, spicy and firmly textured with medium+ tannins and acidity; flavours of dark plum and raspberry, black currant and clove; a wine that is beginning to merge its components and evolve; balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2022 - suggest you decant well ahead of time.
90 Points


Hunter's 'Jane Hunter' Pinot Noir Rosé 2016 Marlborough 12.5%
Juicy, lifted red fruits bouquet with crushed strawberry and red apple, a light rose layer, white peach and stony mineral core. On the palate - juicy, fruity, plush, fresh and balanced; flavours of red berry fruits, plenty of acidity and wet stone mineral; balanced and well made.
88 Points