Beaumet Vintage 2007
Since its introduction into the New Zealand market Beaumet Champagne has turned heads and taste buds with consistent 5 Star results in Cusine. This year, the 2007 was adjudged 5 Stars and Top Best Buy. We think it is pretty good too!
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Greywacke Pinot Gris 2014
Earlier in the year we hosted Kevin Judd and Richard Ellis. The 2013 Pinot Gris was just one of the standouts from the night where we described it as "This is a very sophisticated wine, that stands well above the mass of Pinot Gris on the market. Picked when the fruit is really ripe and soft and the leaves are yellowing ( Kevin doesn't mind a bit of botrytis fruit in the mix). 75% of the blend was naturally fermented in old oak with no sulphur and allowed to oxidise a bit. Rich, luscious and off dry (10gms rs, 14% alc) there is plenty of the nougat and pear flavour we all look for in Pinot Gris."
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Maude Dry Riesling 2015
We could realistically have chosen any of the Maude Wines such is the calibre of the current releases. When she was here Sarah-Kate also served a 2006, displaying the cellarability of these wines. Hand harvested and foot pressed and fermented to near dryness (7.8gms rs & 12% alc.) The first impression of this wine is of how well balanced it is - delicate, almost Germanic and light on its feet. Yet at the core there is a powerhouse of lemon rind flavour, surrounded by fragrant florals and a slatey minerality.
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Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2015
I'm not sure if it is the vintage or whether the addition of Matt Sutherland and Murray Cook to the winemaking team of founding partners James Healy and Ivan Sutherland has had an influence, but there is a subtle change from the usual Dog Point style with this 2015 - a bit more of the tropical fruits come through. There is still a hallmark of flintiness and minerality but this vintage release is more softly textural (like a ripe honeydew melon). Obvioulsy we like it a lot.
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Neudorf Nelson Chardonnay 2014
A close call between Kumeu River and Neudorf. Whilst the Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay recieved the magic 100/100 from Bob Campbell, this Nelson label is no slouch. From the home vineyard as well as other selected sites around Nelson, this is made as naturally as possible where fruit and place take precedence. Elegance, complexity and really good!
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Two Rivers L'ile de Beauté Rose 2015
It is shaping up to be a summer of Rosé and this could well be the Rosé of the summer. L'ile de Beauté (Isle of Beauty) is the evocative name given to the French island of Corsica, located in the Mediterranean sea. After three vintages in Corsica, winemaker David Clouston became passionate about producing fresh, pure and vibrant salmon coloured Rosé in the same Mediterranean style. We think this is his best yet.
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Rippon Mature Vines Pinot Noir 2012
When Nick Mills was here in June we had a pre-release tasting of this outstanding Pinot Noir. "The Rippon Pinot Noirs are all about the Rippon vineyard or as Nick described - the "farm voice", reflecting everything about the property. Intriguingly when Nick talked about the natural yeasts for fermentation on the vineyard he said they had discovered that the natural yeast population at Rippon has many strains not found anywhere else. And that is just part of the uniqueness of Rippon. From vines planted between 1982 and 1995, hand harvested, naturally fermented, no fining, no adjustments, this spent 16 months in oak, 25% of it new over the first winter. This has a similiar palate structure to the 2011, but more spice and a bit more depth and plenty of tannins. 2012 was a year that gave richness, due to what Nick describes as a 'double nutrition' kick from 2011 when the dry soils didn't release as much nutrition to the vines and this was available for the 2012 vintage. Deserving of its status as one of New Zealand's Top Pinot Noirs
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Alpha Domus The Navigator 2013
Amongst the releases of the much vaunted Hawkes Bay 2013 reds, this has been one to standout for its quality and value. This is what we said when Paul Ham was here in July - we haven't changed our view!
"It is with the Bordeaux blends that I think Alpha Domus really shines. The Navigator is predominately a blend of Merlot (69%) with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. A black purple colour this has impressions of a host of fruit flavours - blackcurrant/cassis, blackberry, plum. Quite fine on the palate, with slightly chalky tannins, finesse is the over riding character. This is easily a 5 star wine".
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Yalumba Paradox Shiraz 2012
The annual visit of Yalumba's wine ambassador Jane Ferrari is always a highlight of our tasting year. This wine hadn't been released at the time of her visit, but to us this represents what Yalumba do so well - Barossa Shiraz with a twist.
PARADOX: An opinion or statement contrary to received opinion. - The Paradox is not what you might expect from a wine from the Northern Barossa. It’s not the high octane, lots of new oak stereotypical Northern Barossa Shiraz, but rather a softer more gentle, velvet-like and savoury style of wine. This is only the second vintage of Paradox Shiraz and once again this is outstanding".
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To finish the tasting we served the
Bullers Liqueur Muscat
The 'traditional' end to our final tasting with something to perfectly match the Christmas tarts. Liqueur Muscat was the answer.
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