Apricots and peaches, pears and apples – clean. Palate is very pear and apple flavoured with apricot notes. Medium-medium+ acid. Balanced, sweet and juicy. Recommended with moderately spiced Asian cuisine.
Pinot Gris 2012 Marlborough (Biogro) Silver Medal
Full, luscious and richly fruity Pinot Gris (Marlborough too) – lots of white fleshed fruits, slightly herbal in nature with a residual sugar note. Commercial in style but balanced, lush, and a crowd pleaser.
Artisan Kauri Ridge Chardonnay 2010 13%
Plenty of Chardonnay character with peaches, vanilla, some texture and MLF – nutty notes from oak, moderate-moderate+ acid. Balanced and well made. Showing some apple notes on the finish – good.
The Matriarch Syrah (and Viognier) 2010 14%
Floral with a deep(ish) blackberry fruit bouquet, some black and white pepper
P reflects the nose with floral notes, a moderate complexity; overall balanced and well made. Medium+ length – not a monster. Could handle more oak. A plum sweet spot – Rhone clone.
Fantail Island 100% Syrah 13%
A more masculine style with Blackberry and Black Doris Plum aromas, then a black and white pepper layer. Moderate complexity.
Dry – I prefer the texture and ‘chew’ factor – feels more like Syrah. Well made with medium+ length.
Dominic CS/Mer/CF/Syr/PV 2010 14.5%
A mixed bag of red and black berry fruits, with complexity , style and presence. The plum and peppery fruits dominate.
P reflects the nose with enough tannins and oak to keep me happy. Medium oak note. No complexity but very satisfying with medium+ length.