Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Apr 11, 2017
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From the tastings: Chardonnay

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A gap in our wine-maker hosted tasting gave us a chance to taste some excellent Chardonnays. From around New Zealand - South to North with the inclusion of our top selling Californian, Bogle, and one served blind from the South of Burgundy. Starting with our two top selling $20.00 Chardonnays, the rest of the selection was taken to represent top labels from each region - all have been rated 5 stars by various wine writers and we finished with what can be regarded as one of the best, Sacred Hill Riflemans. The line-up didn't disappoint. We are blessed with a richness of choice with NZ Chardonnay and our top Chardonnays can foot it with the best from around the world. 
  

A gap in our wine-maker hosted tasting gave us a chance to taste some excellent Chardonnays. From around New Zealand - South to North with the inclusion of our top selling Californian, Bogle, and one served blind from the South of Burgundy. Starting with our two top selling $20.00 Chardonnays, the rest of the selection was taken to represent top labels from each region - all have been rated 5 stars by various wine writers and we finished with what can be regarded as one of the best, Sacred Hill Riflemans. The line-up didn't disappoint. We are blessed with a richness of choice with NZ Chardonnay and our top Chardonnays can foot it with the best from around the world. 
  


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Giesen The Brothers Chardonnay 2015   
It’s easy to see why this is consistently one of our top selling Chardonnays.  Sourced from 5 different Marlborough vineyards, wild fermented and aged in a mix of French barriques and German oak fuders. Since its release a couple of months ago, this has opened out dramatically and is showing lemon, flinty, cashew nut flavours. Very approachable and ticks all the ‘Chardonnay’ boxes.   
Retail $26.99       Our price $19.99
 
Bogle Clarksburg Chardonnay 2015
Californian Chardonnay seems to have found a gap in the NZ market place, especially styles such as the Bogle. It is golden, creamy, buttery with the sweet vanillin American oak that rolls around the palate and gentle acidity.  Quite soft and obvious but very drinkable and a crowd pleaser.
Retail $26.99       Our price $19.99
 
Domaine Rewa Chardonnay 2014
Domaine Rewa is a small Central Otago producer located on the slopes of the Pisa range, bio-dynamically farmed. Initially quite shy this opened out in the glass with flinty mineral characters then a savoury mealy note.  
Retail $35.99       Our price $29.99
 
Black Estate Home Vineyard Chardonnay 2016   
From the old vines planted in the Home vineyard in front of the café. Just released, this has lemony citrus flavours and a great textural element with great drive through the palate. It should be noted that Nicholas likes to make his wines as natural as possible - this is unfiltered and shows some cloudiness especially at the bottom of the bottle.
Retail $44.99       Our price $38.99
 
Dog Point Chardonnay 2014
The Dog Point Chardonnay vineyard has old vine, Mendoza and clone 95 Chardonnay grown organically. Since the inception of the Dog Point label, this has been a distinctive wine. As a young wine there is always evident smoky, gunflint, sulphidic aromas that overlay a complex, full-bodied palate. As the wines age this integrates into the wine – and Dog Point Chardonnays age extremely well.  A solid tasting Chardonnay with plenty of citrus fruit, spicy oak and mineral linearity. This was the 2nd favourite Chardonnay as voted by the tasters,
Retail $41.99       Our price $33.99
 
Domaine Christophe Cordier Macon Milly Lamartine Clos du Four 2014
Milly-Lamartine is a small commune in the Mâcon-Villages of Southern Burgundy entitled to put it's name on the label due to a higher quality reputation. This is quite rich is style and served blind, no-one identified it as being from Burgundy. It has freshness and hints of white flowers and pineapple with some ‘Werthers Original’ butterscotch notes. Quite modern in style.
Retail $49.99  Our price $45.99

Martinborough Vineyards Chardonnay 2014
Recent releases of this well-established label have been very good. Quite an elegant expression with plenty left to unfold. Like the label, this screams ‘yellow’ – nectarine, plum, lemon with sizzling grilled nuts. It is yummy stuff. 
Retail $40.99       Our price $36.99
 
Quarter Acre Chardonnay 2016 
Rod McDonald gets the fruit for this wine from the Doc’s Block vineyard along the Haumoana coast of Hawkes Bay (alongside other great Chardonnay vineyards like Clearview and Elephant Hill). Just released and obviously youthful, this is noticeably warmer climate in style with melon and peach flavours. There are lots of subtle elements that make for a tight, powerful Chardonnay. Very, very good.
Retail $35.99       Our price $29.99

Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2015
No line up of NZ Chardonnay could exclude one from Kumeu River. Always made in the same style (hand picked-whole bunch pressed- natural ferment in French oak- 100% malolactic). Stonefruits, cream, vanilla, almond. Perfectly poised and balanced. Classic Kumeu River.       
Retail $35.99       Our price $29.99
 
Sacred Hill Riflemans Chardonnay 2015
The high ‘Riflemans’ terrace, overlooking the Tutaekuri river in Hawkes Bay is planted entirely to Mendoza clone Chardonnay. It has proved to be a very special site. Each vine is considered to potentially end up in the Rifleman Chardonnay, however with a rigorous selection process it is only the very best barrels that do so. This is a powerful, concentrated wine that fills the senses. A wonderous Chardonnay that was easily the favourite of the night. A great Chardonnay.     
Retail $79.99       Our price $61.99

Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Apr 05, 2017
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From the tastings: Two Paddocks

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Sam Neill's Two Paddocks is the result of discovering the joys of French Burgundy whilst he was filming in the UK. So, as you do, in 1993 he planted a small vineyard in Gibbston Valley (now known as the First Paddock) alongside his friend and film-maker Roger Donaldson (hence the name Two Paddocks). Whilst Roger's vineyard no longer exists, Sam has extended his vineyards to four: the First Paddock, The Last Chance planted in 1998, the Red Bank (an old Agricultural Reseach farm) in 2000 and most recently the purchase of the existing Desert Heart vineyard in Felton Road, Bannockburn. Production is still very small and Sam's modest aim is to "produce year after year, the world's best pinot noir". This may seem slightly facetious, but the results really speak volumes. Two Paddocks has become Sam's passion and is treated with very serious intent. This is not a Movie Stars 'play-thing', and although I know he has a lot of fun and enjoyment from the project, it is when his wines are recognised as being of outstanding quality on the world stage that gives the most pleasure (along with being able to share a good bottle with his mates). The vineyards are organically and bio-dynamically farmed and are made as naturally as possible to reflect their region and sites.

 
Two Paddocks general manager, Jacqui Murphy hosted tonight's tasting featuring a sneak preview of the 2015 single vineyard wines. For the first time, three 
single vineyard wines have been released and they really are exceptional wines. To me they all have an X-factor - they are very comforting and comfortable to drink. We will be getting a small allocation of these wines which will be released at the beginning of May.    

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Sam Neill's Two Paddocks is the result of discovering the joys of French Burgundy whilst he was filming in the UK. So, as you do, in 1993 he planted a small vineyard in Gibbston Valley (now known as the First Paddock) alongside his friend and film-maker Roger Donaldson (hence the name Two Paddocks). Whilst Roger's vineyard no longer exists, Sam has extended his vineyards to four: the First Paddock, The Last Chance planted in 1998, the Red Bank (an old Agricultural Reseach farm) in 2000 and most recently the purchase of the existing Desert Heart vineyard in Felton Road, Bannockburn. Production is still very small and Sam's modest aim is to "produce year after year, the world's best pinot noir". This may seem slightly facetious, but the results really speak volumes. Two Paddocks has become Sam's passion and is treated with very serious intent. This is not a Movie Stars 'play-thing', and although I know he has a lot of fun and enjoyment from the project, it is when his wines are recognised as being of outstanding quality on the world stage that gives the most pleasure (along with being able to share a good bottle with his mates). The vineyards are organically and bio-dynamically farmed and are made as naturally as possible to reflect their region and sites.

 
Two Paddocks general manager, Jacqui Murphy hosted tonight's tasting featuring a sneak preview of the 2015 single vineyard wines. For the first time, three 
single vineyard wines have been released and they really are exceptional wines. To me they all have an X-factor - they are very comforting and comfortable to drink. We will be getting a small allocation of these wines which will be released at the beginning of May.    

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Two Paddocks Picnic Riesling 2016
Two Paddocks produce two Rieslings and both in tiny amounts (only a 1/2 ha of vines) planted on own roots in 1994. The Picnic label depicts Sam's Grandfather Sydney Neill – Wine Merchant (of Wislon Neill fame), on the label and made in a slightly sweeter style than the Estate label with 12 gms/rs. A juicy, slightly fleshy wine with melon, greenguage fruits.  
Retail $32.99   Special $28.99

Two Paddocks Riesling 2015
This is a much tighter, finer Riesling and drier with around 6ms/rs. Quite floral with the salivating palate like sucking on a lemon infused stone whilst still remaining quite fleshy on the palate.
Retail $35.99   Special $31.99

Two Paddocks Picnic Pinot Noir 2015
Produced as a lighter, classically Central Otago Pinot Noir with the emphasis on red fruit and floral flavours with a hint of spice. Nothing too complicated and a very enjoyable wine.   
Retail $33.99 Special $29.99

Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2015
A blend of fruit from all four vineyards, but predominately Bannockburn which makes up 60%. 25% whole bunch fermentation in 25% new French oak. Juicy and ripe tasting with plenty of complexity - black cherry, red currant, thyme and herb even hints of tea leaf. The flavours build on the palate like the classic peacocks tail.   
Retail $56.99  Special $49.99

Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2014
This was the first vintage that included fruit from Bannockburn - 50% Bannockburn, 40% Earnsclaugh, 10% Gibbston. More savoury, mineral, meaty. Again a wonderful rendition that builds on the palate  
Retail $56.99  Special $49.99

Two Paddocks First Paddock Pinot Noir 2015
The original vineyard of 2ha planted in the Gibbston Valley in 1993. A further 3ha was added in 2008. Of all the vineyards, this is the one that offers the greatest viticultural challenges. Of the 3 single vineyard wines this has the most whole cluster ferment at 50% adding a fragrant thyme/spice element. A wonderful lifted aroma with a concentrated, fine palate with silky tannins. Gibbston Pinot Noir at its finest.  
Release 1st May
Retail $81.99   Special $72.99

Two Paddocks The Last Chance Pinot Noir 2015
The Last Chance vineyard is a small 3ha block planted in 1998 on the hill overlooking the Earnsclaugh valley and takes its name from the gold mining water course that runs through it. Arguably the world's most southerly vineyard with bony, dry schist soils. Both the Fusilier and Last Chance are naturally fermented in the same manner with 1/3 whole cluster in 4 tonne cuvees and aged for 11 months in 1/3 new French oak. Dense, persistent yet wonderfully balanced. There is a sense of 'poise' about these wines.  
Released 1st May           
Retail. $81.99   Special $72.99

Two Paddocks Fusilier Pinot Noir 2015
The 5.6 ha Fusilier vineyard in Bannockburn was purchased from Desert Heart in 2013. The darker fruit characters of Bannockburn come through here. Brooding with a polished, silky texture.
Released 1st May
Retail $81.99   Special $72.99

Two Paddocks Fusilier Pinot Noir 2014
The 2014 Fusilier is darker and more savoury and no less exceptional. Only a few bottles remain.
Retail $73.99   Special $64.99

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