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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Feb 10, 2016
Vino Fino

From the Tastings - Mount Brown

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Mount Brown with Frank Manifold

Although established in 2003 by Tony Rutherford and daughter Catherine Keith, it is only in the past few vintages that Mount Brown has really made their mark, with a real focus on quality production. Receiving the award for "Champion Wine of the Show" at the Australian Boutique Wine Awards last year really announced their arrival as a serious producer. The arrival also of winemaker Frank Manifold and the completion of their own winery in 2013 also meant that the had control over the fruit coming from their 3 vineyards covering 43 hectares. Certainly a label to watch and what really impressed was the quality/value.
 
Tonight Frank took us through their range including a special allocation of the Trophy winning Pinot Noir

Mount Brown with Frank Manifold

Although established in 2003 by Tony Rutherford and daughter Catherine Keith, it is only in the past few vintages that Mount Brown has really made their mark, with a real focus on quality production. Receiving the award for "Champion Wine of the Show" at the Australian Boutique Wine Awards last year really announced their arrival as a serious producer. The arrival also of winemaker Frank Manifold and the completion of their own winery in 2013 also meant that the had control over the fruit coming from their 3 vineyards covering 43 hectares. Certainly a label to watch and what really impressed was the quality/value.
 
Tonight Frank took us through their range including a special allocation of the Trophy winning Pinot Noir

Vino Fino

Sauvignon Blanc 2014    
Usually Waipara Sauvignon Blanc tends to a greener style, but this has plenty of tropical notes complementing the fresh limey citrus flavours. Nicely textured with good balance and length.
Gold medal NZIWS
Rrp $17.99           Special $13.99
 
Grand Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2015
A complex 'Alternative' style of Sauvignon Blanc with plenty of wine-making influence of barrel, wild yeast ferment, extended lees contact. Working with wine-makers James Healy (Dog Point) & Kevin Judd (Greywacke) has obviously influenced Frank's wine-making style. This has some slight funk, with flinty, smokey characters over laid by grapefruit, mineral, 'haystack' flavours. Concentrated and rich. Amazing value at this price!
5 Stars Raymond Chan
Rrp  $19.99          Special $16.99
 
Pinot Gris 2013
With a light pink tinge, this has spiced pear, lemony citrus flavours in a drier style (6 gms residual sugar). At 3 years this is still fresh and clean and drinking really well.
Silver medal NZIWS
Rrp  $17.99          Special  $13.99
 
Grand Reserve Pinot Gris 2015  
The Grand Reserve label is, as the name suggests, the premium wines of Mount Brown. This Pinot Gris is from a single estate vineyard with low cropping levels to ensure concentration and late picking to ensure ripe flavours. Fermented to off-dry at 9gms rs this has spicy honeysuckle flavours and a streak of minerality.   
5 Stars Wine Orbit
Rrp  $19.99          Special  $16.99
 
Riesling 2013
Being Waipara, of course there is a Riesling. Classically styled at the drier end of that (10gms rs) with a hint of botrytis adding some honey to the toast and mandarin characters.
Silver medal Spiegelau 
Rrp  $17.99          Special  $13.99
 
Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 2013 – Triple trophy winner  
From the Weka Gravels and Mount Brown vineyards and the first Pinot Noir made at the new winery. 50% wild fermented, and aged in 30% new oak for 18 months. Dark colour with nice bright fruit, ripe berries; a touch of dark cherry, plum with savoury spiced notes. Soft, yet dense on the palate. This wine is still evolving. Very, very good.   
We have a small allocation remaining
Rrp  $29.99          Special  $25.99
 
Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 2013 – Lot 1a
This is a parcel solely from the Weka Gravels vineyard, and made in much the same way as the above wine. Comparatively a little more savoury with a little more tannin (extra skin and seed contact). Plenty of complexity with hints of herb, spice, cherry liqueur and excellent length of palate.
5 Stars Raymond Chan
Rrp  $29.99          Special  $25.99
 
Catherine’s Block Tempranillo 2013        
Mount Brown have a small block of the Spanish variety Tempranillo planted on the Limeloader block. 2013 was a good vintage in the Waipara Valley enabling the ripeness needed to produce a full bodied style. Aged for 18 months in French oak, this has soft, ripe, savoury flavours. Interestingly different. 
Rrp  $28.99          Special  $24.99