Sweet mandarin, green apple and mineral laden white flowers greet the nose - quite an impact and with everything I like about Riesling from Otago - generous, fruity and rich in character. On the palate - this is an off-dry style - but don't let this sway your decision - the wine is packed with vibrant acidity and flavors of citrus and tree fruits with a hot lemon juice finish. The minerality is obvious and adds much to the completeness of this example (can you tell I like it?). The finish is long and persistent with a subtle white flower layer. Delish!
Kalex Wines 'Alex Kaufman' SV Pisa Terrace Riesling Central Otago 2013 12%
This wine is a little denser and richer in its bouquet - compared with its lower alcohol brother (above); the bouquet does have a fine mix of mandarin, tangerine and sweet apple aromas, a touch of apple tart-tartin and loads of mineral messages as well as white rose. On the palate - off dry at first then drier as the acidity kicks in; flavors of citrus and apple return with a strong mineral layer and quince fruit note. Generous medium+ length and finish. Lovely!
Alex K Pinot Noir 'Big Backyard' Central Otago 2013 13.9%
A very 'Pinot Noir' bouquet with lots of ripe red cherry fruit suggestions supported by plum and brown spices from barrel. On the palate - just dry with lots of fruit impact - cherry and plum once again; medium+ acidity and medium fine tannins; the oak is a layered component adding complexity and some generosity to the palate. Overall simple, effective and very drinkable. Medium length and well made.
Great bouquet with some bottle maturity adding complexity; lots of aromas of red fruits with brown spiced cherry and raspberry fruit suggestions; there is still some integration required from the oak as it is quite bold; overall quite complex. On the palate - as the nose suggests with some bottle development complexity, plenty of fruit but not fruit weight, dry with medium+ acidity and medium tannins, balanced and well made. A food wine that requires decanting for service. Enjoy through 2015.
Kalex Wines Pinot Noir Rose Brut Central Otago 2011 13.5%
A copper/salmon coloured appearance - very bright and oozing with fine bubble.
Quite a rich earthy and savory bouquet with a plenty of autolysis up front; fruit aromas include baked strawberry and quince with red apple nuances. On the palate - savory, crisp, earthy and dry - quite masculine in nature. The fruits do return for a wee wave, the wine seems built around its savory and bottle development characters. The mousse is bold and intense at first then subsides quickly to a quiet prickle. Overall - good, dry, very drinkable and should work well with food. In fact am off to a Thanksgiving lunch - I'll test its potential there.