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Marlborough

2009 Blanc de Blancs

2009

Blanc de Blancs

Stone fruit and brioche notes show on the nose while the palate is creamy and rich with a fine tension and poise that is expected with this style of wine.

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4.5 stars2009 Blanc de blancs

Cameron Douglas MS

Blanc de Blancs 2009 Tasted at 12 degrees Celsius - A charming bouquet that displays baked ripe white fleshed tree fruits especially apple - alongside a medium+ and complexity giving autolysis white flowers and a hint of mushroom. The palate is equally charming, but is just a little simpler and less complex than the nose first suggests. That said it is dry and reflects the baked apple and now pear and lemon flesh flavors, crisp high acidity and a medium+ length and complexity. The dry finish is making me hungry - must be a good thing! Overall a lovely wine that I would recommmend for any occasion. 4.5 Stars

94/100 5 stars2009 Blanc de blancs

Sam Kim

Complex, stylish and irresistible. The engaging bouquet shows stone fruit, citrus, brioche and yeasty aromas, leading to a concentrated palate that's richly textured and expansive. This is starting to show divine bottle-matured characters, adding even more deliciousness. At its best: now to 2016. $39.00. Certified organic. March 2014.

18/20 4 stars2009 Blanc de blancs

Raymond Chan

Hand-picked, WBP Chardonnay from ‘The Corners’ vineyard, Rapaura, fermented in seasoned oak and stainless-steel barrels to 12.8% alc., with full MLF and aging on full lees for 11 months, tiraged to age on lees for a further 4 years, the wine carrying 5 g/L after dosage. Bright, lemon-straw yellow colour with some depth, lighter on rim, with a persistent, fine bead. The bouquet is softly full with a well-concentrated core of white and yellow stonefruits, along with citrus fruit and nutty notes. The aromatics are integrated, the yeasty autolysis harmoniously melded. Dry to taste and elegantly presented, tight, savoury citrus fruit and barrel elements are entwined with bready autolysis, forming a good core of flavour. Refreshing and mouthwatering acidity combine with a fine mousse to provide cut and bite on the palate. Very fine phenolic textures carry the flavours to a delicate, nutty nuanced finish that lingers. This is a fine, savoury and complex nuanced Blanc de Blancs method with mouthwatering acidity and delicate textured line. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood or poultry over the next 4 years. Lot L9007. Certified BioGro organic. 18.0/20 Mar 2014 RRP $39.00

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2012 Pinot Gris

2012

Pinot Gris

Luscious lifted notes of honeysuckle, nectarine and stonefruit on the nose. The palate is textured with mealy aniseed spice characters in the mid palate with a long, silken finish.

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90/100 4.5 stars 2012 Pinot Gris

Sam Kim

A beautifully styled Pinot Gris showing fragrant aromas of pear, white peach, floral and a hint of spice. It's dry on the palate but full of gorgeous juicy flavours, leading to a lingering tasty finish. Highly enjoyable. At its best: now to 2016

4 stars2012 Pinot Gris

Raymond Chan

Pinot Gris fruit from the ‘Orchard’ and ‘The Corners’ vineyards, hand-picked and WBP, fermented partially with native yeasts, in stainless-steel barrels and seasoned puncheons to 13.5% alc. and 6.0 g/L RS. Bright, even, very pale straw-yellow colour. The bouquet is steely and refreshing with aromatic white stonefruit and floral notes that are intermixed with mineral and nutty nuances. This has purity and cut on bouquet. Off-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, gently lifted flavours of white stonefruits and white florals unfold, revealing honied and nutty detail and minerally elements. The mouthfeel is rounded and soft-textured with a gentle linear drive. The acidity is restrained and balanced, providing good underlying tension and freshness, leading to a bright, aromatic floral finish. This is a fresh, clean, aromatic and pure off-dry Pinot Gris with a soft liveliness. Match with Asian cuisine over the next 4+ years. Certified BioGro organic. 17.5+/20 Dec 2013 RRP $29.00

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2012 Sauvignon Blanc

2012

Sauvignon Blanc

Concentrated gooseberry and tropical fruit aromas, complemented by subtle oak and mineral nuances.

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$25/bottle

93/100 Stars2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Sam Kim

This is a refined version of Marlborough Sauvignon, displaying fragrant aromas of white peach, lime zest, feijoa and capsicum, leading to a juicy palate that's delicately structured with bright acidity. All the classic flavours are there together with lovely, silky mouth-feel, finishing elegantly crisp and long. At its best: now to 2017

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2012 Pinot Blanc

2012

Pinot Blanc

Musky aromas with hints of orange blossom on the nose, the palate is richly textured and weighty with good focus and length.

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4 stars2012 Pinot Blanc

Raymond Chan

Brilliant, very pale straw yellow colour with slight green hues, pale edged. This has a fresh, up-front and elegant nose of white stonefruits with floral elements and subtle honeysuckle, nutty and earthy elements adding interest. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, tightly bound and delicate flavours of white stonefruits and minerals show with earth and nutty notes. The palate is lively and fresh with good acidity and energy, providing good linearity. Some alcoholic drive and body forms a weighty, vinous mouthfeel, with a rounded core, which carries the flavours to a solid, earthy finish. This is a well-weighted, tightly bound, fresh and lively Pinot Blanc with classical earthy flavours. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 3 years. Pinot Blanc from the ‘Orchard’ vineyard, hand-picked, WBP, and fermented to 13.7% alc. and 4.5 g/L RS. Certified BioGro organic. 17.0/20 Dec 2013 RRP $29.00

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2010 Chardonnay

2010

Chardonnay

Seductively soft palate with stone fruit flavours reflecting the warmer year, supported by fine acidity and integrated toasty oak.

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91/100 4.5 stars2010 Chardonnay

Sam Kim

This wine is elegant and refined, and shows discreet power and excellent persistency. The complex bouquet shows stone fruit, almond, brioche and a hint of vanilla characters. It's beautifully weighted and focused on the palate but full of gorgeous juicy flavours, leading to a lingering tasty finish. highly enjoyable. At its best: now to 2016.

5 Stars2010 Chardonnay

Raymond Chan

Fruit from ‘The Corners’ vineyard, hand-picked, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented in cuve to start, then transferred to barrique for aging and MLF. 14.0% alc. Bright, even golden straw-yellow colour, paler on rim. The bouquet is fresh and lively with bright citrus and yellow stonefruit aromas, unfolding to reveal some savour secondary elements. Waves of nutty, toasty oak emerge, intermixed with creamy, butterscotch MLF and barrel-ferment complexities. Medium-bodied and elegantly presented, succulent and ripe citrus fruits and stonefruit flavours are harmoniously melded with complexing nutty, toasty oak and buttery elements. The mouthfeel is creamy and seamless and flows with smoothness and precision. A little alcoholic power is noticeable, and along with fine acidity, adds to the drive and linearity, leading to a very long, nutty, toasty finish. This is a seamless and smooth Chardonnay with complex citrus, creamy and toasty flavours. Serve with grilled seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4+ years. Certified BioGro organic. 18.5+/20 Dec 2013 RRP $35.00

4 stars2010 Chardonnay

Michael Cooper

Certified organic by BioGro, the 2010 vintage is a single-vineyard wine with rich, ripe, peachy flavours and a slightly buttery, well-rounded finish. It's maturing impressively. Mouthfilling (14.5 per cent alcohol) and creamy-textured, it is concentrated and mealy, showing excellent complexity and harmony

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2012 Riesling

2012

Riesling

Stonefruit and tropical notes on the nose with a focused palate showing citrus lime flavours backed by a structure of fine acidity, giving length and weight.

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4 stars2012 Riesling

Raymond Chan

Bright, light straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim. The nose is very clean and delicate with lime fruit aromas lifted with exotic florals, and honeysuckle, along with a savoury, fresh herb nuance. Off-dry to taste, positive flavours of mineral-infused lime fruit and thirst-quenching wet-stone notes show with an underlying tautness and concentration. The mouthfeel is lively with elevated, racy acidity providing a slippery flow through the palate. Slightly savoury citrus elements emerge, adding interest, and the flavours are carried by the acidity to a long, zesty, firm finish. This is a crisp and tight, off-dry Riesling with lime and minerally flavours and plenty of acid zest. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from ‘The Corners’ vineyard, hand-picked and WBP, fermented to 12.0% alc. and 6.5 g/L RS, the wine aged 6 months on light lees. Certified BioGro organic. 17.5+/20 Dec 2013 RRP $29.00

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2012 Late Harvest Riesling

2012

Late Harvest Riesling

Citrus blossom, lime, honey, and a touch of beeswax show on the nose.

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Central Otago

2009 Rose

2009

Rose

Wild berries and juicy fruit predominate on the nose and front palate then the focused structure from the barrel fermentation and less aging gives an elegance that belies the weight of the fruit.

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$45/bottle

93/100 5 Stars2009 Central Otago Rose

Sam Kim

The wine shows delightful pale salmon colour and elegantly fragrant aromas of citrus, apple, yeast and a hint of red cherry. It's sumptuous and rounded on the palate with fine texture and bright acidity, leading to an extremely long, expansive finish. At its best: now to 2016. $45.00. Certified organic. March 2014.

18-/20 4 stars2009 Central Otago Rose

Raymond Chan

Pale salmon pink, lighter on rim, with persistent and fine bubbles. This has a soft and delicate nose of red berry fruits and savoury red floral notes, showing Pinot Noir character, with harmoniously entwined autolysis bready elements and hints of smoky barrel work. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, elegantly soft and layered flavours of stonefruits and red fruits form a delicate amalgam with bread yeast and red florals. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth, with the effervescence adding a creaminess. The palate has a degree of fruit sweetness and lusciousness that grows, leading to a long, lingering, nuanced finish. This is a subtly layered rose method with a delicate lusciousness. Match with salmon, tuna and poultry over the next 3+ years. Hand-picked Pinot Noir fruit from Bendigo, WBL and fermented in seasoned oak and stainless-steel barrels to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months on full lees with MLF, the wine triaged to aged 3 ½ years on lees, with 6 g/L dosage. Lot L9019. Certified BioGro organic. 18.0-/20 Mar 2014 RRP $45.00

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2010 Tempranillo

2010

Tempranillo

Dark brooding, leather and blackcurrant notes on the nose while the palate shows ripe silky cassis, blackberry and plum favours with fine supple tannins moving through the wine framed by toasty French oak.

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3 stars2010 Tempranillo

Raymond Chan

Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with black hues at heart, lighter garnet on rim. The nose is full and soft with savoury red berry fruit aromas entwined with game, earth and leather nuances and complexities, the bouquet beginning to show some secondary development. Medium-full bodied, soft and harmoniously interwoven flavours of red berry fruits, savoury earth and game form a smooth and rich, complex amalgam on palate. The mouthfeel is rounded, with fine, supple tannins in support. Brisk, lacy, elevated acidity provides liveliness and energy, and carries the flavours to a moderately long and sustained finish. This is a savoury fruited Tempranillo with complex development nuances, and a smooth but racy palate. Match with Middle Eastern lamb dishes over the next 3-4 years. Tempranillo from the ‘Trig Hill’ vineyard, Bendigo, hand-picked, de-stemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 30% new French oak barrels. 16.5+/20 Dec 2013 RRP $45.00

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2010 Pinot Noir

2010

Pinot Noir

Intense ripe plum, sweet floral and complex spice aromas abound with impressive focus and presence. The palate is deeply flavoured and lit with earthy complexity, holding swirling tannins with a seductive silken texture.

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5 stars 94/100 Rock Ferry Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Sam Kim

This is impressive and opulent; the bouquet shows dark cherry, blueberry, game and subtle spice characters. It's concentrated and fleshy on the palate with excellent density, finishing long and silky backed by supple tannins. Delectable and delicious. At its best: 2013 to 2020. $39.00. Screw cap. July 2012.

4 starsRock Ferry Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Raymond Chan

Very dark, black-red colour with purple hues. This has a softly concentrated and well packed nose of dark cherry and berry fruit aromas with ripe plum notes and oak emerging in the glass. Medium-full bodied, rich, solidly concentrated dark berry fruit and plum flavours are supported by good tannin grip forming a weighty core. Soft acidity enhances the mouthfilling textures and the wine has a generous presence. This is well-balanced, the oaking sensitive, adding subtly to the richness, which carries through to a strong, weighty and long dry finish. This is a mouthfilling, ripe Pinot Noir with good weight, some textural grip and good balance. Serve with Middle Eastern and Asian poultry dishes over the next 5-6+ years. Predominantly 115 clone fruit from the ‘Trig Hill’ vineyard in Bendigo, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 30% new French oak. 18.0/20 Aug 2012 RRP $39.00

5 starsRock Ferry Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

WineNZ

This wine is deep and dark in the glass. It is a little opaque, possibly just a sign of an unfiltered wine. Ripe and plummy with generous blueberry aromas, then vibrant dark cherry, blueberry and blackberry fruit flavours are complexed by savoury toast, spice and dried herb characters. The palate shows very good concentration, keeping moderate weight and letting the fruit be the star. it displays excellent complexity with just enough oak to lend some subtle creaminess. Smooth velvet tannins and impressive length of flavour

5 stars2010 Pinot Noir

Michael Cooper

This is a single-vineyard red from Bendigo. The classy 2010 vintage, barrel-aged for a year, is a powerful, substantial wine with bold, dark colour. Rich and fruit-packed, it is vibrant and supple, with good complexity and deep cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, with a hint of liquorice. Still unfolding, it is maturing very gracefully, in a powerful, densely packed style that retains elegance

4 stars2010 Pinot Noir

Cameron Douglas MS

Lots of familiar CO aromas - undergrowth, thyme, rocky soils and dark cherry; plenty of oak as well - all in harmony yet quite youthful and raw; on the palate - dry and quite youthful with medium+ acidity and firm tannins (needs time, food, decanting or all 3), plenty of fruit flavors with cranberry cherry combinations; good use of oak; balance will come after several more months in bottle, medium length and complexity. This is a good wine that just needs to be left alone - please. 4 Stars

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2010 Pinot Noir (Magnum)

2010

Pinot Noir (Magnum)

Intense ripe plum, sweet floral and complex spice aromas abound with impressive focus and presence. The palate is deeply flavoured and lit with earthy complexity, holding swirling tannins with a seductive silken texture.

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2008 Tempranillo (Magnum)

2008

Tempranillo (Magnum)

The fragrant briary raspberry fruit shows excellent aromatic depth and is backed by notes of liquorice and fig. The palate is ripe and succulent while retaining elegance. It shows a velvety structure and long finish.

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Trig Hill Vineyard

2012 Pinot Noir

2012

Pinot Noir

This is quite a powerful wine, it has dark plums, boysenberry and spice aromas on the nose while the palate has a fine structure of chalky tannins, ripe concentrated fruit with linear movement.

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$65/bottle

4.7 stars 2012 Trig Hill Pinot Noir

Cameron Douglas MS

Trig Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Central Otago A lush and very giving bouquet of warm light red fruits - sweet dark cherry, brown spices and intoxicating oak; On the palate - dry with textures of an unfiltered wine, medium+ acidity, bold youthful tannins with course velvet edges and lots of plush and flavorful fruits - really very tasty and moreish; Balanced with medium length and medium complexity - lots of folk are going to like this wine. 4.7 Stars

95/100 5 Stars2012 Trig Hill Pinot Noir

Sam Kim

An outstanding pinot, the engaging bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, floral and cedar characters with a hint of earthy mushroom. It's concentrated and powerful on the palate with superb mid palate weight and velvety texture, perfectly supported by plenty of polished tannins. It's supple and flavoursome while remaining firmly structured for graceful development. At its best: now to 2022. $65.00. Certified organic. www.rockferry.co.nz. March 2014.

18/20 4 stars2012 Trig Hill Pinot Noir

Raymond Chan

Very deep, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on rim. The bouquet is elegant with fragrant and interwoven aromas of dark red cherry fruit with spicy oak, liquorice and cedar and thyme herb elements. Medium-bodied, soft and shy flavours of red cherry fruit, spicy plums and cedary oak are harmoniously integrated, showing gentle sweetness and lusciousness. The flavours follow a fine granular line and are supported by fine tannin structure, the acidity soft and balanced. The palate core carries the palate with good presence to a sustained, dry finish with herbs, oak and spices. This is a harmoniously integrated Pinot Noir with plum and spicy oak flavour and good structure. Match with Middle Eastern lamb dishes over the next 5+ years. 70% clone 115, 20% Abel and 10% 777 from the ‘Trig Hill’ vineyard, Bendigo, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.9% alc., the wine aged on skins 20 days after ferment and aged 17 months in French oak puncheons and barriques, a small portion new. Certified BioGro organic. 18.0-/20 Mar 2014 RRP $65.00

94/100 2012 Trig Hill Pinot Noir

James Suckling

This shows the darker colour that many of the region's pinots have assumed, there's a wealth of sweet fragrance with dark plum fruit and redder berry notes here too. The palate is supple, weighty and assertive with dark spiced plum flavour rolling on grainy, assertive tannins. Good wine with more to come

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2010 Riesling

2010

Riesling

Lifted aromas of spring blossom and lime. The palate has a ripe, juicy core of white floral and citrus fruit balanced by finely textured acidity.

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4 stars 18/202010 Trig Riesling

Raymond Chan

Bright, pale straw colour with some green hues, pale on rim. The nose is very fresh and aromatic with lifted white florals and subtle lime notes, along with distinctive mineral elements, building in intensity, revealing nuances of toast. Dry to taste, this is tightly bound and very delicately flavoured. White florals, mouthwatering minerals, a suggestion of sweet and sour, with hints of toast form a refined, linear core. The mouthfeel and texture is soft and the palate is one of finesse. Ripe acidity is a feature and carries the detailed flavours of minerals, florals and toast to a dry, smooth finish with nuances of bitter lime fruit. This is a very refined and delicately flavoured, dry Riesling with minerality and hints of toastiness. Serve as an aperitif and with Thai, Vietnamese or Japanese cuisine over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from the ‘Trig Hill’ vineyard, Bendigo, hand-picked, WBP and cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 6.9 g/L rs. 18.0+/20 Jul 2013 RRP $35.00

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2012 Pinot Gris

2012

Pinot Gris

What is most pleasing about this wine is the weight and texture on the palate, showing the fruit quality and concentration from low cropping.

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91/100 4.5 stars2012 Trig Hill Pinot Gris

Sam Kim

It's wonderfully ripe and lifted on the nose showing apricot, pear and floral with subtle spice complexity. The palate is concentrated and silky with excellent mid palate weight and well integrated acidity, leading to an expansive, succulent finish. Very textural, very delicious. At its best: now to 2017. $35.00. Certified organic. March 2014.

18.5/20 5 starsRaymond Chan

Raymond Chan

Sel Ovaille and 2/15 clones from the ‘Trig Hill’ vineyard, Bendigo, hand-picked and WBP, fermented partially with wild yeasts in stainless-steel and older puncheons to 14.4% alc. and 6.5 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees 6 months. Brilliant straw-yellow colour with slight lemon hues, pale on rim. The nose is fresh, fine and elegantly bound, showing white floral and white stonefruit aromas intermixed with pears, minerals and flinty nuances, revealing some honied interest. Off-dry to taste, this has good depth and a core of bright and vibrant yellow stonefruits and florals, enriched by honey and minerally flavours. This has an underlying power and drive, with some alcohol warmth, contributing to a smooth and near unctuous mouthfeel. The flavours are carried to a long finish of pears and honey. This is a smooth, powerful and subtly rich, off-dry Pinot Gris. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4+ years. Certified BioGro organic. 18.5-/20 Mar 2014 RRP $35.00

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2009 Pinot Noir (Magnum)

2009

Pinot Noir (Magnum)


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Magnums

2010 Pinot Noir (Magnum)

2010

Pinot Noir (Magnum)

Intense ripe plum, sweet floral and complex spice aromas abound with impressive focus and presence. The palate is deeply flavoured and lit with earthy complexity, holding swirling tannins with a seductive silken texture.

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2008 Tempranillo (Magnum)

2008

Tempranillo (Magnum)

The fragrant briary raspberry fruit shows excellent aromatic depth and is backed by notes of liquorice and fig. The palate is ripe and succulent while retaining elegance. It shows a velvety structure and long finish.

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2009 Pinot Noir (Magnum)

2009

Pinot Noir (Magnum)


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