Friday, 1 August 2014


Rockburn Central Otago Fume Blanc 2013 13%
A significant bouquet led by the aromas of barrel-fermented and matured fruits; a soft and gentle sweet hay layer denotes the Sauvignon Blanc, the rest of the bouquet is centred on the synergy between the aforementioned attributes. The palate reveals a wine that has a bold impact with lip-smacking acidity, creamy vanilla scented oak and a peach lemon apple core.
Youthful still and will mature for 2-3 years to come. Definitely worthy of your attention.
I need to work on a food suggestion for this style, but my initial thoughts are - Morton Bay bugs with a light herb and lemon butter.
4 Stars

Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012 14%
Light smokey mineral scented fruits start the bouquet; moderate oak and medium+ complexity. Lots of light red fruits with medium to dark cherry and sweet plum; a note of red flowers and red apple skin add further depth to this youthful and positive bouquet.
The palate shows a dry and complex wine that is a little hidden just now with lots of youthful tannins, medium+ acidity and fresh fruit appeal; oak too, but not an oaky wine per se; medium+ length. This is a wine that needs more cellar time and if not an hour or three in decanter. A food wine too at this stage - rare seared venison based dishes.  
4 Stars

Rockburn Central Otago 'Ten Barrels' Pinot Noir 2012 13.5%
The ten barrels says it all - there's no mistaking the influence of oak here - but this is a bouquet with depth and charm as well....the sweet and spicy layers that the oak brings only enhances the core of fruit. Sweet strawberry and raspberry with spiced black plum notes and brown spices.
On the palate - dry with a fine collection of tannins, medium+ acidity and lashings of oak; the balance comes from a core of fruit that carries the charm and personality within this expression. A longish finish leads to a need for another sip.
5 Stars

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