(2011) Awatere. There's a lovely pear fragrance to this: fresh pears, but also a hint of a pear tart, pastry note, with a lift of almost spearminty brightness. The palate is pretty dry and relatively lean compared to a wine like the Saint Clair, with shimmering acidity set against tropical fruit tones of guava and mango - a more obvious nod to Marlborough Sauvignon style, but has lovely weight and definition.
(2011) Southern Valleys. 14%. Vineyard planted after comparing the Waihopai and Kremstal regions according to the back label. Much leaner and more mineral than the Forrest, with lime and a certain peppery, spicy character coming through. The palate has an uncompromising dryness, with great verve and authority, the dry, herby, mineral finish long and savoury. I'd love to see how this develops over a few years.
(2011) 14.0%. A small proportion of this Marlborough wine was fermented with wild yeasts in older oak barrels, which perhaps adds to the nutty, oatmeally notes on the nose, with a candy-apple fruitiness beneath. There's an attractive, delicate floral note too. On the palate this is off-dry, with a big rush of very sweet, very intense pineapple and mango fruit that is vivaciously Marlborough. The pear and apple acidity tempers the finish, playing against the sweetness, though one does feel the power of the alcohol. This would come into its own with the right food: Thai perhaps, or crepes with creamy chicken.
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