Aronui Pinot Gris 2013 Single Vineyard Nelson 14%
The bouquet oozes Pinot Gris character with lots of apple and crisp - just picked - pear; lively, fruity, attractive and varietal.
On the palate - just a little off-dry with some residual sugar to balance the crisp acidity and warming alcohol; all the fruits of a well made Pinot Gris return with crisp tree fruit flavors and a little citrus.
I would recommend a glass of this wine with food - perhaps something with a richness core such as flounder in a red peppercorn sauce and a Gruyere cheese sprinkle.
Aronui Chardonnay 2013 Nelson 13.5%
There 's no mistaking the style of Chardonnay intended here - plenty of stone fruit aromas - roasted as well as fresh; forward vanillin centred oak and a bold creamy/rounded unfurling of character.
On the palate - dry then with all the power and intention suggested on the nose; a wine with all the oak and creaminess needed to balance the fruit core; stone fruits lead with a little citrus and apple; raw brown sugar like oak sweetness and a toasty oak core.
Balanced, dry, medium+ length and well made.