Saturday, 18 October 2014

Brown Brothers

Brown Brothers Merlot Victoria 2012 14.5%
Lots of plum and warm climate plum spice - a fruity, varietal and familiar bouquet with a mild intensity. on the palate - dry and quite fruity with flavors that reflect the nose; mild tannins and medium acidity - the bite on the palate is mostly from the impact of oak and a the dryness; a balanced and easy drinking style well suited to food.

Brown Brothers Shiraz Victoria 2012 14%
Lots of lifted fresh red fruit aromas - raspberry and cherry followed by aromas of vanilla and gentle toasty spice; On the palate - dry with a medium body; flavors of red fruits return along with medium tannins and medium+ acidity; noticeable alcohol adds a to the mild peppery spice layer. Balanced and well made with a short finish

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Wither Hills

Wither Hills Marlborough Rose 2014 13%
Sweet and ripe light red fruits bouquet with strawberry, red cherry and light yellow plum suggestions; mild floral layer and a hint of sweetness.
On the palate - charming, fruity, fresh and tasty. Flavors of light red fruits return; medium++ acidity adds zest and appeal, medium+ finish with a light floral kick. Overall a very smart example.
4 stars


Amisfield Pinot Noir Rose 2014 Central Otago 13%
Unmistakable bouquet of blossoms and sweet red fruits - roses and stony soil notes, sweet icing-sugar dusted strawberry, red apple skin and a lush red cherry.
A great palate reflective of the nose, but also a very full flavored palate in an off-dry style with a little residual sugar treat; medium++ acidity, lots of fresh red fruit flavors and medium+ length. A charming wine pretty much perfect for mildly spiced Asian fare and even a cheese board.
4 Stars

McBride Silig Vineyard

McBride-Silig Vineyard Franc Rose Cabernet Franc 2014 Awatere Marlborough 12.5%
A classically styled rose with masculine Cabernet Franc aromas leading; there's a little muscle in the light red cherry, yellow and red plum and a touch of guava; a stony mineral note adds complexity and charm; an old rose note adds even further depth to an already interesting bouquet.
On the palate - a very tasty wine with a harmony of flavors reflective of the nose plus a light sweet rose note; medium+ acidity, dryish finish and a hint of tannin.
Balanced and well made - great food wine example.
4 Stars 


Tohu Single Vineyard Pinot Rose Marlborough 2014 13%
A full bouquet of uber-fresh fruits - sweet yellow plum, red cherry and red melon alongside a sweet light rose petal layer.
On the palate - juicy, fresh and refreshing with flavors more inline with raspberry and red melon; still with a floral edge.
Medium length with a just dry finish.
3.5 Stars


Aronui Pinot Rose 2014 Single Vineyard Nelson 13.5%
A bouquet packed with floral scented light red fruits - red and yellow cherry suggestions alongside red apple skin and sweet strawberry - a simple yet effective flourish.
On the palate - fruity, fresh, striking flavors of red fruits - strawberry and red cherry leading; medium++ acidity and a lively finish. Balanced, well made and highly recommended.
This is a smart wine choice for lightly spiced soups of a similar weight or cold meats and even cheese.
3.5 Stars

Friday, 3 October 2014

Mudbrick Vineyard

Mudbrick Vineyard Reserve Viognier Waiheke Island 2013 14.5%
This wine takes several minutes in glass to really show its true bouquet - spicy and floral, apricots and apricot kernal; blossoms and roasted stone fruits.
The palate says - warmth, richness and layers of fruits with a light bacon oak spice note and complexity that builds as the wine continues to unfurl; medium(+ ish) acidity, light mineral layers and an apricot oak finish. Well made.
4 Stars