Danny with the Olivi family in
Pupitre Cava Riserva
A fully bottle
fermented bubbly from the L'Arboc cooperative in Pendes, Spain. Established in
1919, they now operate from a large modern winery just south of Barcelona. This
wine shows what fantastic value we are seeing from Spain at present. This wine
is very pleasant indeed with a soft texture and a bit of yeastiness coming
through. Danny doesn't have anything to do with the production of this wine. It
was just a good palate cleanser to start with!
Retail $22.99 Special $15.99
Olivi Orhora Verdicchio 2012
Located in Sarteano, southern Tuscany, Olivi is a family winery to whom Danny
is a consultant viticulturalist. They have 27 ha of vines planted with a mix of
traditional Italian and French varieties on the La Buche estate. The Orhora
white is 85% Verdicchio with the balance Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, mostly
barrel femented and aged in older oak. There is a lot to like about this wine,
with lemony, herby feel to it - good minerality and a reasonably weighty texture.
This would be a fantastic seafood wine.
Retail $32.99 Special $29.99
Karikari is New Zealand's most northerly winery,
located on the Karikari peninsula in Northland. Danny is their head
This Chardonnay is a warm climate style, and reasonably old school
at that. A golden colour with plenty of oak and buttery creaminess in a 'fat'
style. Naturally fermented adding a savoury charater. A satisfying
Retail $45.99 Special
Karikari Toa Iti Cabernet Franc Merlot
Again an old school style with plenty of oak showing through.
Seems a bit boney and lacking stuffing.
Retail $27.99 Special $24.99
Olivi Chianti Superiore
A relatively new term, wines labelled Chianti Superiore
must meet more stringent requirements (lower yield, higher alcohol content and
dry extract) than regular Chianti. This is a blend of Sangiovese 85% aged in
large 2,500l barrels with 14% Merlot aged in small barriques. Quite modern in
style with lifted aromatics and a grainy texture. Cherry fruits, spice and a
little bit of earthiness. A very good Chianti.
Retail $34.99 Special $28.99
Ridge Cabernet Franc 2009
A small (1.6ha) winery located on the West
end of Waiheke Island. 100% Cabernet franc, this shows the red fruit and floral
aromatics of the franc variety. Quite charming with a bit of herb and spice and
plenty of time left for future development.
Retail $53.99 Special
Karikari Pinotage 2008
Danny came to New Zealand via
South Africa where he was involved in making Pinotage wines in the 1970s. His
more recent involvement at Karikari has re-aquainted him with Pinotage. This is
a big rich chocolately, tabaccoey monster of a wine with denseness and richness.
No subtlety here, but highly enjoyable
Retail $49.99 Special $43.99
Like the Chardonnay, a warm climate style and more Aussie
than Hawkes Bay. Big ripe fruits with tar and bacon undertones. Fullsome with
soft, feathery tannins.
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Olivi Tempore 2007
A "Super Tuscan", 60% Merlot
and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon - very lowing yielding fruit, hand harvested, hand
selected bunches and berries, fermented and aged in French oak barriques. Oh
yes, this is classy stuff! Dark fruits, a hint of coffee. Plush, almost
luxurious on the palate. This is a very, very good wine.