Hunters Pinot Gris
Made in a dry style with a portion fermented in older oak.
Quite fleshy with pear, spice flavours and a bit of grip on the palate. Very
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Villa Maria Seddon Pinot Gris
A much more refined example with a quite a fine,
pure palate. The wine sees no oak or extended lees time – this is about purity
of fruit. An off-dry style with flavours more in the green fruit spectrum. Like
‘essence’ of Pinot Gris. Very good wine seen as the more expensive and the
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Main Divide Chardonnay
2015 was quite a small vintage in North Canterbury leading
to concentrated fruit flavours in the wines. A golden yellow in the glass, this
has quite a pronounced reductive ‘funky’ aroma from the natural ferment and
extended lees time in barrel. Good weight and richness. If you’re not a fan of
the ‘funk’ just give this a bit of time in the bottle and enjoy in a year or so.
You will be rewarded.
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Bay Chardonnay 2015
From Pegasus Bay’s own old Mendoza vines,
this is about as good as their Chardonnay gets – and there have been some
beauties over the years. Great intensity alongside palate richness. Golden,
rounded, with some savoury nuttiness and minerality. Almost 100%
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The Crater Rim Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir
A mid- ruby red colour that is almost opaque. Crushed
cranberry, redcurrant – cherry/berry with some nice spiciness and moderate
tannins. Not very complex. Some votes for the preferred wine.
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Wild Earth Pinot Noir
Darkly coloured with black sweet spiced plum
flavours. This has excellent presence on the palate with a svelte, silken
seductiveness. This is the kind of wine that makes Central Otago Pinots so
popular. Much preferred.
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de Oriente Tempranillo Rioja 2014
Grapes sourced from
Rioja and produced by the large Navarro Lopez winery. A very commercial style of
Rioja that is quite sweet fruited – ripe and juicy with a good hit of
savouriness. Mouthfilling and very good for the money
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Muga Reserva Rioja
70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo and 3%
Graciano. It is easy to see why this is such a popular wine. Perfumed with
nuances of sweet American oak. Smokey, black fruits, spice. A modern,
approachable style. Very good and appreciated by the tasters.
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Elephant Hill Le Phant Rouge
61% Merlot, 26% Syrah & 13% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Quite concentrated – in colour and taste. This is quite a package of wine. An
unusual blend that really works. Meaty, spicy, leathery, dark fruits. Moderately
weighty and very good value. The preferred wine of the two.
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Ata Rangi Celebré 2014
Merlot, 35% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon & 5% Cabernet Franc. A similar
blend to the Elephant Hill but much more structured and showed as being quite
closed. I took the glassful left in our tasting bottle home and had it the
following evening. It was magnificent. I had forgotten how good this wine can be
from a good vintage. A unique style that works very, very
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