Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Vidal of Hawkes Bay

Vidal of Hawkes Bay ‘Legacy’ Chardonnay 2015
As with previous vintages a bouquet packed with impact from a flinty, varietal and oaky bouquet. The interaction between the use of sulphides and natural barrel fermentation techniques delivers an engaging aroma package and complexity. Flinty, white fleshed fruits, cashew and nutty oak layers. On the palate – dry, textured, layers of fruits and oak interaction with fine tannins and plenty of acidity. Complex and detailed finish. A wine for the long term. Drinkable now as well and through 2030.

95 Points

Yealands Estate

Yealands Estate ‘Land Made’ Pinot Noir 2016 Marlborough
Ripe red fruits bouquet with raspberry and darker cherry aromas; some baking spice moments and crushed red rose layer, some mineral highlights. Dry with a savoury edge, youthful, slightly firm tannins contrasted by red fruit flavours and acidity. A little more time is needed to integrate and find its mojo. Best from late 2018 through 2024.
88 Points

Yealands Family Wines ‘Premium Selection Good Company’ Pinot Noir 2016 Marlborough
Tart red fruits, red apple skin and red cherry aromas laced with a soft wood spice layer and vanilla oak scents. Youthful, firm and dry on the palate with flavours and textures that reflect the nose; fine tannins with a youthful bite and medium+ acidity. Starting to integrate requiring some cellar time. Best from late 2018 through 2024.

89 Points

Silver Fern

Silver Fern New Zealand Pinot Noir 2016 Marlborough
Fruity, varietal and attractive red fruits bouquet with cherry, red apple and cranberry aromas and a little baking spice oak layer. Light red fruit flavours with a cherry, cranberry and rhubarb layer, a simple expression with easy tannins, easy acid line and firm finish. Drink now and through 2020.

84 Points

Squawking Magpie

Squawking Magpie ‘The Chatterer’ Pinot Gris 2016 Hawkes Bay
Ripe, fruity, rich and spicy with a core of roasted yellow and white fruits – lees, honeysuckle and warmth complete the bouquet. A bolder, richer and dry style of Gris with texture, white fleshed fruits and citrus flavours, medium acidity and tangy finish. Drink now and through 2020. Well suited to food.
88 Points

Squawking Magpie Gimblett Gravels ‘The Gravels’ Syrah 2016
Ripe, varietal and very engaging core of red and black fruits with raspberry, black currant and sweet blueberry; a dense violet/floral layer and generous meaty quality. Dry, firm, full-bodied and rich in flavour. Dry with youthful and still integrating tannins alongside an back bone of acidity. Some peppery qualities and new oak frame this wine will age well also offering immediately drinkability wit the right food selection. Lengthy, varietal and engaging finish. Best from 2020 through 2030.

94 Points


Ruru Reserve Pinot Gris 2017 Central Otago
Fragrant and quite pure aromas of Bosc pear and yellow apple, a floral and gentle white spice layer with a little crushed rock mineral. On the palate – a generous core of fruit, plenty of attractive acidity adding texture and contrast returning to flavours of white fleshed fruits and white spice, lengthy finish, balanced and well-made. Drink now and through 2022.

91 Points


Yealands Premium Selection ‘Good Company’ Rosé 2017 Marlborough
A bouquet filled with aromas of red flowers and light red fruits – tart raspberry, red cherry and some cranberry suggestions. Crisp, fresh ad just dry on the palate, some light stony mineral moments and a floral gentle spice finish. Balanced and well-made. Drink now and through 2020.

89 Points


Mahi 2017 Rosé Marlborough
Cherries, plums, rose and wild flowers, some bing cherry and peach aromas as well. On the palate – dry, loads of tension and poise, wild flowers, light red fruit flavours and plenty of acidity. A love example with poise, some tension and stony mineral finish. Drink now and through 2020.
91 Points