Saturday, 15 October 2016


Schubert Syrah 2013 Wairarapa
Varietal with a forward and fruity core, aromas of crushed blackcurrants and raspberries, toasty oak and brown spices, mild pepper layer and plenty of complexity. On the palate- dry, firm, warm and fruity, flavours of red and dark red berry fruits with baked raspberry and black currant, leather and plum, toasty oak and dark spices; medium+ tannins with finer edges, medium+ acidity and length. very nice wine with power and presence.
90 Points

Friday, 14 October 2016

Sileni Estates

Sileni Estates 'Springstone' Pinot Noir Estates Selection 2015 Hawke's Bay
Fragrant and quite floral with a soft dried herb layer then aromas of red cherry and red plum, some cranberry then soft wood spices. On the palate - fruity, dry, floral and oaky with a sweeter vanilla and oakwood layer, fine easy tannisn and medium+ acidity; balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2018.
87 Points


Alex K Pinot Noir 'Big Back Yard 2015 Central Otago
Fresh, fruity and concentrated aromas of freeze-dried raspberry, dark cherry and crushed stone minerality; light to moderate oak spices and complexity. On the palate - dry & fruity with flavours of darker cherry fruits and raspberry plum, some warmth from the alcohol and medium+ acidity, fine to moderate tannins, balanced and well made.Decant for service if possible to enjoy now and through 2020.
87 Points

Alex K Pinot Noir 'Big Back Yard 2014 Waipara
Fragrant, fruity and finely tuned aromas with a silty soil and ripe fruits fragrance package; red and darker cherry, some sweet raspberry moments, quite floral. On the palate - juicy, fruity, quite fleshy and dry, fine tannins and medium+ acidity, balanced alcohol, moderate wood tones and plenty of mineral undertones. A lovely wine overall with a fine balance and length.
90 Points

Ravens Wood

Ravens Wood SV Barricia Zinfandel 2010 Sonoma Valley
Very ripe, very full and fruity with five spice and plenty of oak, dark plums, dark berries, a jammy quality and toasty vanilla spices. On the palate - dry, plump, fleshy, fruity and packed with spciy oakiness; medium acidity, plenty of fine oak and fruit tannins, clove and vanilla tones; lovely balance and length.
92 Points


Hunter's 'Jane Hunter' Pinot Gris 2016 Marlborough
Very fruity and engaging bouquet with peppery white fruits, white peach and nectarine, poached pears and apple. On the palate - juicy, fruity, fleshy and plush with a just dry finish showing a little residual sweetness; a custard flavour and texture adds some intrigue; medium acidity and a little more white spice. 
89 Points

Spy Valley

Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2014 Marlborough
Quite a fruity and engaging bouquet with aromas and flavours of fresh cranberry and red cherry leading into light dried spice and oak layers. Dry, fruity and flavourful with flavours of red berry fruits, fine tannins, moderate oak, medium+ acidity, lovely balance and well made.
87 Points

Gladstone Vineyard

Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Gris 2015 Wairarpa 
An attractive  bouquet of fresh and ripe tree fruits led by pear and poached orchard fruits, Asian white fruits, a touch of tropical and plenty of honeysuckle, a light silty soil and white pepper layer add depth. On the palate - juicy, fruity, fresh and forward with flavours of white spiced tree fruits, honeysuckle and a light lees note; medium+ (ish) acidity, lovely balance and finish. Drink now and through 2017.
90 Points