Dark but opaque purple. Nose has flavors of raspberry, oak and nutmeg. On the palate, somewhat tannic and dry on the initial taste with red berries and an astringency that is somewhat overpowering. The tannins continue the dryness onto the mid palate where I get some black cherry notes, but just barely. The finish is one dimensional. For me this wine is unbalanced and lacking fruit. It could be in a dumb phase. Right now I’m thinking 85 points and for the $18 I paid it is a pass and 1 star. It’s a shame as I really enjoyed the 2014 Mission Cabernet Merlot blend which I gave 89 points to. Salut…
Really dark purple, almost opaque in the glass. The nose is an interesting compilation of Cherry and Iodine meets blue fruits. On the palate it’s a different story. Much more focused on blueberry and some black berries plus a touch of oak. The acidity is present from the get go and the tannins ramp up gently, closing out the finish with a nice dryness. The mid palate exhibits blue and black berries as well as some nutmeg. This is a decent wine that gets 89 points from me and will do well with Osso Bucco or perhaps a mixed grill on the barbie. I paid $18 for it and give it 3 stars. Salut….
I’m a fan of this winery as can be seen in my two tastings of their Pinot Noir. I came across this wine at the local store near my hotel and it was priced as a deal for two, I could not resist.
Medium to dark purple. Nose of minerals, plum and sasparilla. On the initial attack I get really smooth plums, with some red chili pepper hints- intriguing, sans the heat! On the midpalate the plums continue but I start to appreciate some oak use and the intro to black fruits. I’m thinking of Ribena on the finish along with some vanilla. Very smooth all throughout with very melded tannins and a balanced acidity. This is my first Merlot/Cabernet from the famed Gimblett Gravels, I’m digging the minerality and think this wine is a 90 point effort. I think they normally retail at $18, which makes this a solid 4 star wine. Availability in the States may be limited, but keep a lookout for this winery on your travels. This wine would pair nicely with Beef short ribs or a hearty stew. I’m getting more! Salut….
I love this wine, so every time I see a bottle, it’s in the bag. This latest vintage is no exception. I forgot to take a picture so have had to use a stock photo.
Dark purple, nearly see-through. Nose is gorgeous, a mix of strawberry, cherry and the key component….vanilla cherry cola. The palate is amazing- black cherries, strawberry pie and super smooth acidity. There are just a hint of tannins, perfect for a Pinot Noir. This wine is 100% New World, totally awesome and necessary for any cellar. This is a spectacular wine that gets 93 points from me and 5 stars. If you can find it, buy it. My sources are coming up at $25. Drink this wine all by itself to truly appreciate its nuances, or if you must pair it- Lamb chops, Venison, Steak au Poivre. Salut….
Somewhat darker and denser for a Pinot. The nose is all about the New World- strawberry, cranberry and rhubharb dominate. On the palate I am getting spice, strawberry coulis and pomegranate. The mid palate shows off some cherry notes as well. The acidity of this wine is on pointe, just enough to let you know it is there and all the while balancing out the ever so slight tannins that are lurking. The finish is nice, refreshing and laced with more strawberry notes. This is a good wine. I am thinking 92 points at the least. It retails for $40, but I got it on sale for $22 making it a superb deal. 5 stars from me and hoping to find more! Salut….
Lovely nose of strawberry, some green pepper and iodine. On the palate- sour cherry, vanilla cake and red twizzler. The mid palate piles on some strawberry and more creamy vanilla. The finish is a touch acidic, fresh and of decent length. I like this New Zealand wine and think it is worthy of 88 points. For $13, it’s a pretty good deal and gets 3 stars from me. Salut….
I was given this bottle by a friend who just passed the Sommelier exams and was traveling to New Zealand on holidays. Several weeks later, her husband passed his exams as well- congratulations to Christine and Tyler! On their visit they no doubt did some winery tastings and bottle shop visits. I looked up some pricing and could only find it in New Zealand- NZ$35, about $30 USD. A generous gift I must say.
Textbook light purple in the glass with cherries jubilee on the nose and some spice. On the palate I got a whopping mouth full of tart strawberry, cherry pie and some vanilla. A rather tannic wine with a rather sharp acidic frame makes for an interesting mouthfeel. The acidity was nigh on piercing when I first opened the bottle but mellowed out after some air. The backbone is firm on this young wine and it bodes well for long term cellaring. I would say 2015-2022 for a decent drinking window. There was some interesting spice notes of clove and cocoa powder on the mid palate. The question is what to pair it with when it grows up…. Perhaps some plank grilled salmon and roasted rosemary potatoes, I would even go with roast duck and orange glaze. 89 points and 3 stars from me for this decent effort. Salut….
A cross between Old World elegance and New World charm for this delicious Pinot Noir. I have had some really good wine from the Marlborough region of New Zealand lately and this is no exception. Pale in color as a Pinot should be, the nose was very bright with cherry and strawberry notes. Old world funk on the palate with bright fruit made for an interesting taste profile. Cherry spritz comes to mind with some green peppers mingling about. Hints of strawberry daiquiri and some cedar came through on the back end and the acidity was great. This was a very interesting wine and we thoroughly enjoyed it with some Pate and cheeses. I would also pair it with Turkey and cranberry sauce. $20 and 90 points make this an outstanding 5 star wine for me. Ps. I love the label, very classy. Salut….
From New Zealand comes this stunning Pinot Noir. Delicate in the glass, it had notes of cherry and cranberry with some earthy mix in there. On the palate, extremely smooth and luscious with white cherry and raspberry flavors. Balanced and tart at the same time it was refreshing and medium in body. The tannins in Pinot are difficult for me to discern, but I felt that this wine was well made and would go the distance. Made in a New World style that appeals to me I’m going with 91 points and for about $15 this is a must find 5 star wine. Amazing stuff. Salut….
I don’t believe I have tasted a New Zealand Merlot, so this was a new one for me. It was slightly pale in the glass and had an almost Pinot looking hue to it. On the nose, some cherry and cranberry notes were detected. On the the palate it was very modern in style with Kirsch and cranberry flavors. Not overly dry, it had some decent acidity and was rather refreshing. I am not sure of the typicity to region, but it was an interesting twist on Merlot. I shall have to taste more of the varietal from there to get a baseline. This bottle was on special for $9 but usually costs $18. A crowd pleaser because it was easy to drink and different. 87 points from me and 3 stars. Salut….