Saturday, 30 August 2014

Mudbrick Vineyard

Mudbrick Vineyard  Reserve Chardonnay Waiheke Island 13.5%
A rich bouquet with lots of peach and nutty burnt butter & vanilla aromas; medium+ complexity and a 'thank god it's Friday - I need a decent Chardonnay' feel. On the palate - dry with a citrus peel and stone fruit core wrapped in a blanket of oak, Medium+ nutty vanillin tones and oak spice and tannin; medium+ acidity keeps the palate fresh shows off the 2013 fruit; full-bodied and generous with a long finish. Medium+ complexity overall - a lovely wine.
5 stars

Brown Brothers

Brown Brothers 'Patricia' Shiraz 2009 Heathcote 14.5%
A familiar complex bouquet of mature Shiraz fruits - sweet raspberry and brown spices, some violet and red velvet florals and a big smokey oak overture; medium++ complexity. On the palate - a big fruity, oakey, familiar and enjoyable distraction. what I like about this wine is that it is not trying to be a block buster - rather it has moderate power with torque; medium acidity, medium+ tannins; a fruit core that reflects the nose and a longish finish. Balanced, well made and very enjoyable.
4.5 Stars

Mills Reef

Mills Reef Reserve Cabernet Merlot Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay 2012 13%
A pure fruit bouquet begins this story with violet laced red fruits of raspberry, plum and black berry fruit; medium+ oak with vanillin and toasty wooded suggestions; medium+ subtle but true complexity. On the palate - dry with a core of fruit that reflects the nose; there's also a complexity that pushes the flavors of a nutty oak and soft red flowers; medium+ tannins and acidity; balanced and really well made with a long finish.
4.5 Stars 

Mudbrick Vineyard

Mudbrick Vineyard Reserve Syrah Waiheke Island 2013 14.5%
Great color; Power and richness on the nose with a masculine, big shouldered bouquet; roasted raspberry, blackcurrant and Doris plum fruits emerge first; noticeable well placed oak with toasty features and medium+ complexity. On the palate - dry, rich and flavorful with lots of red and black fruit flavors, hints of dried meats and bacon; medium+ tannins and acidity, a youthful wine that is still coming together and requires decanting or cellar time for 2-3 years. Well made with a longish finish.
4.5 Stars

Mudbrick Vineyard Reserve Tempranillo Waiheke Island 2013 13.5%
A generous display of fruits with old strawberry and ripe red fruits bouquet, sweet spiced oak and a harmonious moderate complexity that I find inviting; medium oak and a savory earthy complexity. On the palate - dry and fruity with flavors that reflect the nose, medium+ youthful acidity, medium tannins with a mix of fine and not so fine textures; dry finish with medium+ (ish) length. Well made. Fabulous to see a variety like Tempranillo making its mark in the NZ wine scene.
4 Stars

Mudbrick Vineyard Reserve Merlot Cabernet Waiheke Island 2013 14.5%
Red and black fruits aligned with a rich stony earthy bouquet; Doris plums, blackberry and blueberry pie aromas; medium+ oak with vanilla toasty suggestions; On the palate - dry with the tannins leading - showing ripeness and textures of fine sand and cinnamon; black and red fruit flavors follow; medium+(ish) acidity, medium++ length and finish. Savory notes and a  noteworthy core of fruit; A serious wine for Merlot Cabernet devotees.
4.5 Stars

Mudbrick Vineyard 'Velvet' Waiheke Island 2013 14.5% (
A complex bouquet of smokey earthy and fruit laden smells (the cork closure leaves some residual woodiness that dissolves after a few minutes) a vast array of black and red fruit aromas begins to emerge with black berries, currants and red stone fruits; medium+ oak of a serious nature and a youthful intense burst of fruit suggesting a wine that requires plenty of integration time; On the palate - dry with highly textured powdery firm tannins, medium+ acidity and youthful dark red fruit flavors; complex and powerful, drinkable now if decanted otherwise 5 years in cellar. Fabulous wine and highly recommended.
5 Stars (90 points)

Tinpot Hut

Tinpot Hut 2013 Marlborough Pinot Gris 12.5%
Juicy and almost sweet smelling pear and apple aromas - hints of white pepper and wet stone mineral. The palate is creamy, soft and flavorful with flavors of sweet apple and fresh juicy pear - even a little Asian pear - actually a touch of lychee; medium acidity, balanced and well made with medium finish.
3.5 Stars

Black Estate

Black Estate Riesling 2013 Waipara Valley 12%
Great bouquet with aromas of mandarin peel, rose, sweet fresh apple and lots of mineral suggestions - chalk and slate like ideas. On the palate - light, fresh and delicious with flavors that reflect the nose adding a notable citrus layer; high acidity with a steely edginess and medium+ length. Great balance varietal lift on the finish.
Lovely example.
4 Stars

Black Estate Waipara Netherwood Rose 2013 12%
Firm cherry laced red Pinot Noir fruits with a red melon and red flowers - I like the complexity and charm of the bouquet. On the palate - just dry with juicy light red fruit flavors - again suggesting cherry, melon and now strawberry; medium+ acidity and finish. A delightful wine that deserves your attention. 
4 Stars+


Giesen Vineyard Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013 12.5%
Marlborough freshness with peach, citrus and a tropical fruit platter, plenty of Marlborough herbal attributes as well. On the palate - just dry with punchy acidity that leads to the flavours of lemon skin and peach, hints of tropical fruit and white floral notes. Balanced, well made and a very enjoyable finish.
3.5 Stars

Giesen The Brothers Marlborough Chardonnay 2013 13.5%
Gentle bouquet with soft yet obvious waves of peach and vanilla with hints of honey suckle and mild toasty oak features. The palate reflects the nose well with a soft and creamy texture, medium+ acidity and medium+ finish. Balanced, well made and a wine to please many a Chardonnay fan. 
4 Stars

Giesen Vineyard selection Marlborough PInot Noir 2013 14.5%
Varietal, clean fresh and crisp aromas of Pinot Noir with sweet cherry, red apple skin and raspberry notes; very mild oak keeping the fruit forward attributes leading the nose. On the palate a dry wine that emphasises the fruit signature of Pinot Noir with lots of light red fruit flavors, mild yet fine tannins and a little more oak now showing adding to the finish. Light bodied, dry finish, balanced and well made.
3.5 Stars