Friday, 14 March 2014


Rock Ferry Wines tasting 

Blanc de Blancs 2009
Tasted at 12 degrees Celsius - A charming bouquet that displays baked ripe white fleshed tree fruits especially apple - alongside a medium+ and complexity giving autolysis white flowers and a hint of mushroom. The palate is equally charming, but is just a little simpler and less complex than the nose first suggests. That said it is dry and reflects the baked apple and now pear and lemon flesh flavors, crisp high acidity and a medium+ length and complexity. The dry finish is making me hungry - must be a good thing! Overall a lovely wine that I would recommmend for any occasion.
4.5 Stars
Trig Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Central Otago
A lush and very giving bouquet of warm light red fruits - sweet dark cherry, brown spices and intoxicating oak; On the palate - dry with textures of an unfiltered wine, medium+ acidity, bold youthful tannins with course velvet edges and lots of plush and flavorful fruits - really very tasty and moreish; Balanced with medium length and medium complexity - lots of folk are going to like this wine.
4.7 Stars

Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
Lots of familiar CO aromas - undergrowth, thyme, rocky soils and dark cherry; plenty of oak as well - all in harmony yet quite youthful and raw; on the palate -  dry and quite youthful with medium+ acidity and firm tannins (needs time, food, decanting or all 3), plenty of fruit flavors with cranberry cherry combinations; good use of oak; balance will come after several more months in bottle, medium length and complexity. This is a good wine that just needs to be left alone - please.
4 Stars

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