(2020) The family resemblance to the big brother A1 is umissable here, that same wild and delightful perfume running the gamut from pot-pourri spice to summer berries to hints of truffle. In the mouth deliciously sweet and giving; a generous wine with ripe and supple red fruits filling the mid-palate, and the tannins a little softer and more creamy than the A1 at this stage, absolutely pin-sharp acidity though, and those subtle, gentle spices and vanilla rounding the finish. Drink now while waiting for the A1. It's irresistable. No retail stockists listed at time of review, so price and stockist is for the previous vintage.
(2020) Fabulously perfumed, real complexity and aromatic layering here, the core of sweet and pulpy red fruits, plenty of clove and cardomom spice, vanilla, those sweet truffle and beetrooty notes too in a very arresting picture. Lovely juiciness and firmness on the palate, with a stripe of tannin and a dry, tangy olive and cherry bite to the acidity, but the fruit stays sweet through the mid-palate, the texture builds as the chalkiness of the tannins smooth the finish, the fruit and acid precision and brightness is excellent. A beautiful wine, which PJ expects to have at least 10 years of cellaring potential.
(2020) Pale and attractive, red berries and a touch of candy apple, quite fragrant with rose petal notes and red fruits. Fragrant Sandalwood spices too; quality oak. Packed with sweet, fleshy ripe fruit, what a lovely wine with smooth and ripe character and perfect creamy texture. Balanced and fine.
(2020) From Wanaka, this has a pale but quite dense colour. There’s a definite herbal edge to this, quite meaty and earthy, the fruit more in the background. Lovely palate, the balance shows through, with fine, dry cranberry and red currant fruit, lovely elegant tannins and a freshening acidity. Beautifully done. Various stockists have this, mostly in-bond.
(2020) From Bannockburn. Very aromatic, very fine, floral and perfumed, instantly appealing. On the palate plenty of savoury umami, some vanilla to add a roundness and the savoury fruit character delightful. Balanced and long, a subtle European style, and a very nice wine. Price and stockist for a previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) A nice hint of mellowing softness to the colour, and a beautifully Burgundian nose, with truffle and briar, smokiness and autumnal soft fruits, just a touch of creamy oak to shore everything up. Sweet fruited and delicious, the coffee and cream of the palate is lovely with smooth, polished tannins, gentle acidity, and huge drinkability. Note this is 2014, with more tertiary development than the 2018s 2017s here.
(2020) Pale, fragrant, immediately classy and inviting, a little fresh mushroom, delicate spices, a delightful fruit character. In the mouth sweet, pure and extremely elegant. There’s a firm edge to this, the cherry and plum skin grip of the acidity and tannin against the sweet flesh of the red fruits, a quality, subtle barrel component giving spicy tobacco depth. Long.
(2020) From Gibbston. Very pale colour, cherry briar and woodsmoke on the nose, subtle and charming. The palate has more briary character, a dry orange acidity and nice tannin structure to give a bit of seriousness. An elegant style this.
(2020) From Bendigo, medium pale, a little lifted, floral-edged note, attractive and bright, something a little red liquorice and root beer-like maybe. The palate has fine fruit and there’s a definite elegance, despite the high alcohol, maybe just a hint of that in the finish, with taut tannins and a juicy cherry acid profile. No UK stockist listed at time of review, though I was told this will be in Majestic.
(2020) A delightful wine, a 2016 so a little extra age on this bottle compared to most in this tasting, with the fruit coming from across Central otago, mainly Bendigo and Pisa. That little bit of extra maturity enhances earthy and mushroom notes, some herbal characters too, some coffee. Quite complex. In the mouth it is warming, spicy and ripe, the creamy and chocolate ripeness set against sweet, plush fruit, in a hedonistic but not overdone style. Price and stockist for the previous vintage at time of review.