Saturday, 1 August 2015

Kalex Wines

Kalex Central Otago 'Alex Kaufman' Riesling 2014
Fabulous bouquet bursting with aromas of sweet mandarin, lemon and crisp apple, lime flower and orange blossom; steely stony mineral and lemon rind. On the palate - off dry with noticeable sugar, but immediately contrasted by concentrated acidity; lemon, apple, mandarin and lime flower flavors, long crisp and refreshing finish. A delicious wine!
90 Points

Spade Oak Vineyard

Spade Oak Vineyard Gisborne 'Vigneron' Viognier 2014
Quite fragrant with a floral moment leading the aromas of sweet, fresh apricot and other yellow orchard fruits; a light leesy appeal and light honey oak lift. On the palate - just dry and quite fruity with plenty of orchard fruits and apricot leading the pack; honey note, nutty note and quite juicy with medium acidity, medium+ body and a longish finish. Balanced and well made.
89 Points


Matawhero Gisborne 'Church House' Barrel fermented Chardonnay 2013
Plenty of barrel ferment in the bouquet with roasted stone fruits and cashew laced popcorn, a burnt butter and butterscotch layer as well; vanilla and light brown spices round out and finish the aroma profile. On the palate - classic style - with nutty, buttery and bold full-bodied expression - peach and roasted stone fruit flavors with raw brown sugar and vanilla spiced oak flavors; medium+ (ish) acidity, a few wood tannins and medium length. Overall a crowd pleasing wine with 2-3 years maturity ahead.
85 Points

Triple Rose Estate

Triple Rose Estate Kumeu 'Year of the Thorn' Merlot 2014
Classic and fragrant bouquet of Merlot with sweet dark plum and darker berry fruit aromas; I like the violets and velvet rose moment and mild yet noticeable toasty oak layer. On the palate - dry and fruity with the flavors of Doris plum, fresh and baked plum and dark red berry fruits; medium+ acidity and medium (ish) tannins add some decent texture and structure; the oak is ever present, but not invasive so well placed; the finish is moderate+ with the floral side of the wine lingering. Well made!
84 Points

Friday, 31 July 2015

Jim Barry

Jim Barry Clare Valley 'The Veto' Shiraz 2013
Opaque dark purple appearance, very bright with a pink rim
Classic bold and richly ripe bouquet with fresh and baked blueberry, blackcurrant and mulberry fruits, new leather and spice, brown sugar and lots of toasty wood suggestions. On the palate - dry, ripe, fruity, spicy and bold - a dry wine with plenty of ripe and sweet red and black fruit flavors, some licorice and chocolate, mild pepper notes and moderate+ use of oak; Medium tannins and medium+ acidity. Overall a classic example, well made and pushing lots of Shiraz buttons.
87 Points

Jim Barry Coonawarra 'The Veto' Cabernet 2013
Almost Opaque with dark red and purple appearance, very bright with a purple rim
Dark berry fruit aromas with blackberry and baked plum suggestions up front, dried herb and hay like Cabernet aroma followed by oak with a medium toast impact; overall masculine and statesman like without being overbearing. On the palate - dry, firm tannins, medium+ acidity and youthful with plenty of bite from the oak; blackberry fruit flavors return with baked plum and dark spices and even a little tobacco. Medium+ length - a well made wine with 2+ years integration time ahead and 5+ years cellar potential.
86 Points

Kalex Wines

Kalex Wines Central Otago 'Alex Kaufman' Pinot Noir 2013
Rich and ripe red fruits bouquet with fresh and baked dark cherry and plum suggestions; a sprinkle of brown spice with some fresh new oak as well; light mineral layer, a floral layer adds further complexity and depth. On the palate - dry, firm, youthful and bold - this is a Pinot with lots of Noir - darker berry fruit flavors with dark cherry leading, baked red fruits and very ripe cranberry; medium+ acidity and tannins which have a mix of fine and firmer textures; medium+ length and noteworthy masculine finish. Time is all this wine needs now - to integrate and harmonise the many attributes.
88 Points

Black Estate

Black Estate Waipara Valley 'Home' Pinot Noir 2013  
A bouquet driven by a limestone and clay mineral aroma offset by ripe light red fruit suggestions - raspberry and red cherry, a little plum and brown spices from French oak use. On the palate - all Pinot Noir with a mix of red fruit flavors and a light savory layer, brown spices and mineral; medium+ acidity and fine grained tannins. Overall a damn fine example with medium+ finish. Youthful and cellar worthy.
90 Points