Saturday, 17 January 2015

Te Mania

Te Mania Nelson Chardonnay 2014 12.5%
There's no mistaking the gentle creamy bouquet of this Chardonnay with soft ripe peach, apple and citrus aromas with mild yet obvious oak spices. On the palate - a dry, medium+ to full-bodied wine with flavors of citrus first then subtle layers of peach and apple to follow. The oak adds both flavor and spice elements with medium+ acidity adding bite. Overall a charming example in a food oriented style i  its youth. Well made with moderate+ length.
4 Stars

Sacred Hill

Sacred Hill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 12.5%
A familiar and classic bouquet of ripe sweet citrus, tree and tropical fruits laced with a grassy herbaceous edge and soft spice layer. On the palate - juicy, lush and crisp with plenty acidity to contrast the ripe flavors of green apple, grapefruit and mango. A balanced wine with medium length and complexity in a crowd pleasing style. Always well made from this producer.
3.5 Stars

Richmond Plains

Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Nelson 13.%
Punchy fragrant bouquet with aromas of hot lemon, sweet peach and tropical fruit salad; a sweet hay and herbaceous layer adds complexity and varietal distinctiveness. On the palate - just dry and also punchy with sweet hay and herb led mix of flavors; the lemon, peach and island fruits emerge second; lots of bracing and salivating acidity contrasts a sweet spot mid-palate; moderate length and complexity. Well made.
4.5 Stars

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Methode Marlborough

Summerhouse Blanc de blancs 2010 Methode Traditionelle 12.5% Marlborough
(100% Ch)
Very fragrant bouquet with a sweet lemon and white peach fruit set; moderate+ autolysis and harmonious complexity. On the palate - dry, crisp and quite citrusy with lemon and grapefruit flavors showing before the white peach; crisp and refreshing mouse with a punchy  and generous texture capturing the autolysis and acidity driving into a moderate+ finish. Delicious aperitif style.
4 Stars

Hunter's 'Miru Miru' Non Vintage 12.5% (Ch, PN, PM) Marlborough
Full, bold and richer bouquet with aromas of stone fruit, pear, apple and soft autolysis drive; moderate + complexity overall. On the palate - quite explosive with a demanding mousse packed with bubble; dry and crisp too with flavors of apple, pear and white peach; gentle autolysis and a light lemon note on the finish; Medium length and complexity. A longish finish with a mealy texture and appetizing flavor.
4 Stars

Johanneshof Cellars 'Emmi' Methode Tradionnelle Brut 2007 12.5% Marlborough 
Golden hues and very bright appearance with aromas of a wine that has development secondary aromas through time in bottle - a complex and nutty bouquet with dried peach and pear flesh; an integrated autolysis and bready/brioche toastyness. On the palate - dry, full, rich and complex - a fabulous wine where fresh fruit sits alongside drier versions of the same, a toasty brioche and autolysis harmony and a nutty richness that can only come with time in bottle. The mousse has softened yet retains power and subtlety carrying a medium+ acidity and long finish. Delicious example!
5 Stars

Tohu 'Rewa' Methode Tradionnelle Blanc de Blanc  2011 12% Marlborough
Very inviting and traditional bouquet of freshness, developing autolysis, strawberry, peach and lemon peel; moderate and developing complexity. On the palate - the theme continues with a fresh and generous display of strawberry and citrus with peachy highlights; high, crisp and fresh acidity - which is quite silky and leading into a lengthy finish. A wine to invest in and cellar for another 2-3 years and discover its potential.
4.5 Stars

Spy Valley 'Echelon' Methode Tradionelle 2010 Brut 12.5% Marlborough
A bouquet of a wine that has reached a precise level of development and harmony with aromas of fresh and drying tree and stone fruits, a moderate and measured level of toasty bottle development and a gentle nutty-ness that teases the nose, but does not overpower it. On the palate - dry and quite fruity still with lots of peach, apple and citrus flavors; the texture from the mouse is fresh, lively and firm - so plenty of cellar time available. Mild nutty note and moderate+ length. Balanced and well made with a medium+ finish.
4.5 Stars

Daniel Le Brun Methode Traditioneelle Brut NV 12.5% Marlborough
Distinctive bouquet with lots of fruit messages - lemon, lime and green apple; medium+ autolysis suggestions and a moderate+ toasty quality. On the palate - dry to very dry with plenty of crisp acidity helping this attribute along; flavors of peach and apple laced with citrus dominate the palate with a moderate autolysis and biscuity quality; generous and full mousse; great balance and length.
4 Stars

Allan Scott Family Winemakers Blanc de Blancs Brut NV Reserve 12.5% Marlborough 
A bouquet packed with the aromas of Chardonnay with white and yellow peach laced with citrus and apple; fresh youthful autolysis suggestions and an inviting chalky/floral perfume. On the palate - dry, crisp and fruity with flavors that reflect the nose; a light biscuity layer and high acidity push the messages of citrus then peach; light autolysis moments; full rich and explosive mousse; balanced and well made with a moderate finish; delightful aperitif style.
4 Stars

Nautilus Estate Cuvee Marlborough NV Brut Methode Traditionnelle 12%
Distinctive, complex, layered and rich in character: roasted stone fruits, spice and a savory complexity. On the palate - dry, rich, savory and complex - the flavors just keep on coming with a citrus and apple moments then back to stone fruits; developed autolysis and nutty richness add further character; crisp fresh acidity. A long lasting finish makes this a very special wine indeed.
5 Stars+

Monday, 22 December 2014

Murdoch James

Murdoch James Martinborough Estate 2012 Pinot Noir 13%
A wine showing a developing bouquet to match its color (garnet and ruby) with a Burgundian earthy quality, light red fruit aromas of macerated cherry and old strawberry with some red apple skin and brown spice suggestions. On the palate - dry and 'old school' with earthy flavors mixed in with red fruits and gentle floral notes; fine tannins; medium+ acidity, brown spices and a medium+ finish. Nice wine, well suited to food.
4 Stars


Selaks Founders Limited Edition Hawke's Bay 2013 Chardonnay 13%
Spicy peach skin, stone fruit and sweet red apple aromas - laced with the tickle of new and used oak spices - a touch of raw sugar and sawdust - overall quite complex yet familiar. On the palate - dry, gently creamy, full-bodied and rich in flavor; youthful, warm and spicy with oak; roasted stone fruit flavors; medium+ acidity and medium+ finish. One for the cellar (3 yrs) or decant for service.
4.5 Stars

Selaks Founders Limited Edition Hawke's Bay 2013 Pinot Noir 13.5%
Juicy and ripe light red fruit aromas lead by warm red cherry, sweet cranberry and red apple skin and a touch of violet; gentle brown spices from obvious, but not overdone oak - adding complexity and a little charm. On the palate - dry, youthful with medium+ acidity and firm yet fine tannins. This wine seems destined for the cellar till 2015 before trying again and I expect will be longer lived than many of its contemporaries. Flavors of lighht red fruits return; medium (+/-) weight and a longish finish.
4.5 Stars

Saint Clair Family Estate

Saint Clair Family Estate 'Omaka Reserve' 2013 Chardonnay 13.5%
Lots of vanilla, sweet creamy oak, toasted wood notes and sweet peach aromas. On the palate - dry, creamy, lush and full of peach, apple and stone fruit flavors with a hint of citrus; as always a balanced and well made wine from the SC stable - this wine in particular has the concentration of fruit that is more than a match for the barrel flavors; medium+ acidity and medium+ finish.
4 Stars