Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Richmond Plains

Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Nelson
Quite a complex bouquet with an intriguing texture and lees spice led beginning; aromas of grapefruit apple and peach, a mild to moderate mineral layer. On the palate - lovely texture and shape with a light fragrant spice and flavours of peach and lemon; plenty of acidity and lees tones, lengthy finish, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2020.
93 Points

Richmond Plains Blanc de Noir 2016 Nelson
Made from Pinot Noir grapes the appearance is very shiny with a light rose gold hue
Pinot Gris like aromas with suggestions of wite fleshed tree fruits, then white peach and fleshy juicy apple, a little spice and mineral. On the palate - a softer edged wine with creamier fleshed fruit flavours, pears and white peach; medium+ acidity keeps the palate fresh, light lees tones and a mineral led finish. Balanced and well made. Food oriented wine drink well now and through 2020.
88 Points

Richmond Plains Pinot Gris 2015 Nelson
Fruity, fresh, round creamy texture and aromas of ripe pear and cooked apple with a light white pepper spice layer. On the palate - honeysuckle, cooked and fresh pear, baked apple and a lees white pepper spice, medium acidity and finish; balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2018.
87 Points

Richmond Plains Chardonnay 2015 Nelson
Quite a soft and fleshy bouquet with aromas of sweet peach and Meyer lemon, velvet textures of vanilla pod and soft raw sugar, light lees and noticeable oak layer. On the palate - dry, fresh, warm, juicy and creamy with flavours and textures of stone fruit, citrus and tree fruits, some quince, vanilla and wood tones; medium+ acidity and lengthy finish. Keen to try this wine again in 12 months. Decant for service with best drinking from late 2017 through 2025.
92 Points

Richmond Plains Pinot Noir 2015 Nelson
Ripe, fruity and varietal with aromas sweet red plum, cherry and a little raspberry; moderate toasty wood layer and some vanilla clove suggestions. On the palate - fruity, spicy and dry with plenty of texture from medium+ acidity and sulphide lees layers; red fruits of plum and cherry return, wood spice and medium tannin levels. Still young and needs integration time. Decant for service with best drinking from late 2017 through 2026.
91 Points

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