Bob Campbell MW "A smooth-textured wine with weight and an appealing mouth-feel...Dry pinot gris, with plenty of yeast lees character giving a baked bread, brioche character to the wine. Apple and pear fruit flavours are also evident." 91 points. Amisfield was established in 1988, and has built up a reputation for quality wines, especially Pinot Noir. Their state-of-the-art purpose built winery is the focal point of the vineyard, and gathered global attention when visited by Will and Kate on their Royal tour of New Zealand. Established in Central Otago, Amisfield produces beautiful pinot noir and aromatic white wines sourced from fruit grown...
Top class sauvignon blanc. If you ever visit the cellar door/restaurant just outside Queenstown try their degustation lunch menu. The friendly staff will perfectly pair their wines with some stunning local produce. Don't be in any sort of hurry though, this is an experience to enjoy slowly. Winery Notes: Pale straw in colour with aromatics typical of a lively New Zealand sauvignon blanc displaying fresh vibrant passionfruit and pink grapefruit notes. The variety of ferments adding all their own special nuances to the aromatics. The barrel component adds yet another dimension of ripe stone fruit with subtle creamy notes and texture across the...
James Suckling 91 points. THE 2015 VINTAGE WAS ITALIAN WHITE WINE OF THE YEAR. The 2016 vintage follows in the same vein of its predecessor in delivering excellent quality at a very fair price. The Fondazione Italiana Sommelier has voted this remarkable wine as the winner of the "Oscar" for Italian White Wine of the Year 2016. (April 2016). "Editor's Note Wine Spectator Dec 2016 Thai basil and spice notes lace the creamy mix of Asian pear, white peach, stone and lemon zest in this well-knit white. Light- to medium-bodied and fresh, with a lingering, savory finish. Drink now through 2020. 10,800 cases made.–AN" This underpriced stunner is...
Raymond Chan | October 2016. 17.5+/20. Helen has worked very hard at making a style that is suited to her fruit and the district, giving a point of difference to the passionfruity thiol-monsters of the 2016 Marlborough vintage. Elegance, freshness of fruit, more methoxypyrazine gooseberry fruit, bright acidity and delicate textures were the aim, and for this, she’s used some skin contact and 30% in barrel. Very pale straw. The nose is tight and elegant with ripe yellow stonefruits and green stonefruits, and no tropical fruit. On palate crisp and steely with a slippery mouthfeel. Gooseberry fruit with subtle textures and detail. But the...
Conegliano lies in the Valdobiaddene region of Veneto from which the very best of prosecco is sourced.. The only more prestigious sebregion is Cartizze (see Villa Sandi for our version).There are many other cheaper versions available in the market but for the few dollars more that the good stuff demands in price, there really is no point in skimping.
We have been looking for a good example of this style for a long time and we think we have it nailed with this one. Too often you will find sparkling moscato expressed as overly sweet, cloying and boring. This beauty however has a great acid backbone that lifts the fruit, tames the sweetness in the middle palate and delivers a long and deliciously sweet finish with no hint of cloying. Delightful as an aperatif, served ice cold.
~ Buy Six and Pay $30 net Each ~ Mix and Match with other Bibi wines is fine we will manually invoice you afterwards. Casamatta at the very beginning was an IGT Toscana, but Bibi was not 100% satisfied about the results. So in 2010 he decided to bet on a bizarre way of production, solera method. Everybody thought he was completely mad, because in Italy there is no appellations for Solera so the only way to produce a solera was to declassify from IGT Toscana to No Vintage. At that time Casamatta (which translates as mad house in English) was probably the only solera made in Italy. Bibi’s vision was that by mixing different vintages the wine...
~Buy Six and Pay $36 per bottle net~ The Wine Front 91. "An attractive nose with plenty of citrus, mealy oak, stone and tropical fruit aromas. The palate is textural, precise and long. The lush ripe fruit is finely balanced by a crisp clean acidity giving the wine beautiful balance and good focus. A wine with rich minerality, excellent length and a mouthwatering sweet fruit finish that is slightly creamy. " Carrick Winemaker
95 points Bob Campbell MW. "Quite a Mosel-like medium -dry riesling, with moderate sweetness suported by tangy acidity to give the wine an exquisite tension. A fine, pure, silken-textured riesling with a lingering finish. " April 2017.
Arneis is a white wine grape variety from Italy's much-respected Piedmont wine region. In a story shared by several renascent grape varieties (most obviously Viognier), Arneis has been rescued from the verge of extinction and is now enjoying something of a revival. By the 1960s, just a few hectares of Arneis vines remained, and only a handful of producers were making the wine. There are now more than 1500 acres (605ha) of Arneis vines in Piedmont, and small quantities are also grown in California, Australia and New Zealand. This wine is a crisp, fresh and vibrant example of arneis. The nose is all about fresh cut white flowers with a hint of...
Where does Fifth Leg come from? Fifth Leg was born from the Devil's Lair cave - a famous archaeological site not far from the Devil's Lair winery - where fossilised remains of a Tasmanian tiger were found, together with a mysterious extra leg. The 2015 Fifth Leg Semillon Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing wine with lovely texture and balance. It's full of zesty, vivacious fruit with tropical notes of lychee and passionfruit.
Bob Campbell - 95 - "A Class Act" Raymond Chan - 18.5/20 Christine Austin - "One of the best Sauvignon Blancs on the shelf this vintage" Cam Douglas - 93 - "highly aromatic with specific aromas of fresh apple, grapefruit & lemon. Drink now and until 2019" Jamie Goode - "Dog Point is one of my favourites, and this 2016 is singing..." Michael Cooper - Five Stars " Highly concentrated and tightly structured, it's a very harmonious wine, arguably the best vintage yet." Mike Cooper "The things I always look for with Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc are firstly its trademark flinty, quartz-like texture, that vital combination of aromatics and rich fruit...
~ BUY SIX AND PAY $29 PER BOTTLE NET~ Nose is all about oatmeal, citrus oil and cinnamon. It is broad an generous on the mid palate and offers up melon, flint and nectarine. Drink now and for a couple of years too.
This wine is drawn from 25 year old chardonnay grapes on 1.21 hectares of plantings. Maturation occurs half in used French oak and half in stainless steel tanks. After 12 months the wine is blended and lightly filtered. It is a fresh, lively, fruit driven wine.
Burghound 88. Chablis VV 2015 – 88/100 Tasting note: ...there is again good volume to the concentrated and more mineral-driven flavors that possess slightly better depth on the balanced finish. This is lovely if not entirely classic.
5 stars Sam Kim. Gold Medal, China Wine and Spirits Awards, 2015. The 2015 Le Phant Blanc is a blend of Pinot Gris (48%), Viognier (47%) and Gewurztraminer (5%) from our coastal Te Awanga Vineyard. The grapes were hand harvested, whole-bunch pressed and co-fermented. A small proportion was barrel fermented and the rest in stainless steel, temperature-controlled tanks. This distinctive blend of aromatic white varieties brings together subtle spicy characters and floral notes with excellent freshness and texture.
The 2016 Pinot Gris is produced from our Te Awanga Estate vineyard. The wine displays the hallmark characteristics of this exciting variety. Aromas of white peach and pear are displayed on the nose. It is a soft and elegant Pinot Gris with a well-balanced rich palate. AWARDS 2016 Pinot Gris - China Wine & Spirits Awards, 2017 Gold Medal - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, NZ 90 points - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 18/20 points - Winestate Magazine, Aus/NZ 4 stars
Winery Notes: The Sauvignon Blanc is planted at our coastal Te Awanga vineyard where the cooling sea breeze and free draining shingle soils give us fantastic quality grapes for making this wine. Citrus characters with subtle gooseberry enhanced by a flinty minerality are typical of the Sauvignon Blanc from our coastal Te Awanga vineyard. - China Wine & Spirits Awards, 2017 Double Gold Medal - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 17/20 points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, NZ 90 points - Winestate Magazine Best Value Award
James Halliday 95 points. Pressed straight to French oak (30% new) for cool fermentation, partial mlf and 8 months maturation. A complex bouquet, with smoky/funky nuances ex solids fermentation, leads into a palate with great length, drive and precision. This has classic restraint, very different from Margaret River. Bright straw with green hues and aromas of white nectarine, pears and spice. Flavours of stonefruit persist on the palate with citrus. Barrel fermentation builds richness, texture and complexing flavours. Finish is long with natural acidity.
Two Years in a Row with 95/100 - Bob Campbell MW Wine Reviews 95 points. "Scented sauvignon blanc with currant bud, nectarine, lime and subtle nutty characters. Smooth-textured wine with character. Great food wine in a bone-dry style, with impressive weight and richness. "5/4/2017 18.5/20 Raymond Chan Bright, light straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter on the rim. This has a full and voluminous nose with softly packed aromas of ripe white and yellow stonefruits with suggestions of tropical fruit entwined with subtly complexing nuances of herbs, nuts and minerals. The aromatics show ripeness and refinement and unveil green...
Winery Notes: Light golden in colour with a nose rich in nutmeg, pear and peach with hints of cream. Exhibiting considerable weight with ripe nectarine, peach and baking spices, the palate stretches out with fine chalky tannins and fresh fruit-laden acidity. Drinking beautifully now or cellar up to five years. REVIEWS & ACCOLADES FOR 2016 VINTAGE 18.5+/20 Raymond Chan Bright straw-yellow colour with pale lemon-green hues, lighter edged. This has a fresh, full nose of white stonefruits along with white florals harmoniously layered with a subtle amalgam of nuts and minerals. The nose is fresh and expressed with clarity and focus. Dryish to...
5 Stars Raymond Chan 93 points Bob Campbell. Light yellow in the glass, the nose shows abundant stone fruit, citrus zest and mild baking spice with concentrated persistence. The palate is exceptionally long with poised natural acidity, surrounded by lush tree fruits. This beautiful wine carries integrated complexity ready for drinking now or ageing to 2026.
Clear and light gold in colour. A nose of aromatic herbs, lavender, rosemary and thyme. Palate is hefty, soft and creamy textured with salivating acidity and lingering lemon sherbet length. Ripe peach and citrus fruits add layers of complexity. A wine to savour now or age to 2024. REVIEWS & ACCOLADES 19+/20 Raymond Chan Brilliant straw-yellow colour with light lemon-green hues, paler on the rim. The nose is aromatically rich with intense, ripe lime fruit melded with exotic jasmine florals along with nuances of sherbet and minerals. The depth and tautness,along with penetration and intensity is a feature. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the...
"This is green and grassy upfront, but in an attractive way, with pungent notes of sweet grass, verbena and lime leaf at the fore. The lightweight palate offers additional notes of lemon-lime and green plum that carry through to the mouthwatering finish. Drink now–2018." Wine Enthusiast 2016 WS 90/100
The fruit for this wine came from five different vineyards in the Yarra Valley: Sexton, Tarraford, Arthurs Creek, Quarry Ridge and Primavera. A moderate year but with an accelerated final stage to ripening due to some relatively warm nights. Fruit flavours are very much in the primary zone. Small crops with intense flavours, solid natural acidity - this hand picked wine is selected from parcels from our estate vineyards. Lightly whole bunch pressed; Indigenous fermentation in new and seasoned French Barriques and puncheons. Pale gold in the glass. Freshly cut white peach aromas, orange zest, grapefruit pith and hints of fresh ginger with...
Winery Notes: In 2015 we continued to include two very special vineyards from the upper King Valley: Symphonia Vineyard at Myrrhee (altitude 350m) and Crouchers Vineyard at Whitlands (altitude 800m). These parcels add a spike of minerally and citrus to the wine. The 2015 vintage will prove to be our best vintage yet. I cannot remember a year where good yields were matched in harmony with such pristine fruit quality. The weather gods have smiled on us this year and it will be exciting to see the progression of these wines over the coming 12 months and beyond.
TROPHY - Best Exhibition Section Dry Riesling 2015 Vintage, Clare Valley Wine Show 2016 94 Points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "Low-yielding, hand-picked vines from Watervale provide the fruit here and dictate the style you might say. This is Clare riesling in a stern frame of mind. The bouquet is all about lemon and grapefruit rather than blossom and talc, the palate is austere and minerally. Slatey acidity is the backbone and the lasting impression on the finish. Lock it up in the cellar and hide the key." 93 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front "Lime, light talc-like perfume, almost vanilla florals, and lemon butter. It’s...
~ Buy Six Bottles and Pay $33 per Bottle Net ~ Lifted aromas of grapefruit and passionfruit with signature Awatere Valley mineral notes and tomato leaf. Medium bodied in the mouth with beautiful fruit intensity balanced with characteristics of lime, gooseberry and tropical fruits. A long refreshing finish with minerality lingering on the palate.
Pale straw green in colour, Apple and lime juice with a smidge of spice. Well balanced and refreshing, finishes fresh, precise & crisp. It is the perfect wine to pair with seafood, cheese and chicken. It's works beautifully with Asian flavours and will certainly stand up to spicier foods. It's a great example of Coonawarra style Riesling. Winemaker: Bruce Gregory.
Decanter 18.5/20. Another outstanding prosecco from a blue ribbon producer. Winery Notes: A faithful expression of this territory, renamed the “Pearl of Veneto”, Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut di Conegliano Valdobbiadene is a symbol of the intimate ties between humans and nature and Masottina’s wine-making skills. This prestigious sparkling wine confirms the high quality of the wines from this splendid terroir over the centuries, and adds value to Masottina’s production standards. Intense scents of fresh fruit and freshly picked flowers provide a variegated bouquet that is exceptional on the palate. This is a sparkling wine to enjoy in...
Made from 100% malvasia grapes. Beautifully perfumed with white flowers and violets, finishing dry and with good acid structure.This one is quite unique and definitely worth a try. A refreshingly different sparkling aperatif. Serve ice cold.
The Wine Advocate - Lisa Perotti Brown "Duncan Forsyth is one very inspired and skilled Riesling producer – a fanatic in fact (which is what it takes to makes truly great Riesling in NZ or anywhere for that matter)." Only 87 cases were made from a tiny vineyard in Gibbston, a sub district of Central Otago. It produces some of the most remarkable riesling anywhere in NZ. The Drumlin Riesling gives delicate white pepper and fennel seed notes over a core of fresh pears and peach blossoms plus a touch of herbs.
Duncan's Notes: Ths is our first release Chardonnay from our Morrison vineyard, a single vineyard wine from which we made all of 2 barrels, so 40 odd cases, from this the 2016 vintage. A subtle wine with delicate fruit flavours, some savoury complexity with a soft palate of pith like mineral texture ( a Morrison vineyard marker ), all underpinned by fine acidity. The grapes were whole bunch pressed directly to barrel and fermented naturally using the vineyard yeasts in older French oak. Matured for just under a year before being hand bottled under cork in April 2017 . Winemakers: Anna Riederer & Duncan Forsyth. 45 cases only.
Notes from Duncan: This Gruner Veltliner is medium weight in a dry style. Floral, white pepper, and pip-fruit aromas on the nose , similar fruit flavours including spice and pears come through on the palate, all underpinned by mineral characters and refreshing acidity. We aim to produce wines of purity, precision and balance with a clear resonance of flavour. The wine is drinking extremely well now but can be cellared with confidence for two to four years. A fruit driven style of Gruner Veltliner with a luscious texture. This Gruner Veltliner is organically produced, Bio Gro Certified, and is made from a Single Estate Vineyard, Morrison...
"The Mount Edward Riesling, My god it's so good it could be JJ Prum." - Ernst Loosen. "Duncan Forsyth is one very inspired and skilled Riesling producer – a fanatic in fact (which is what it takes to makes truly great Riesling in NZ or anywhere for that matter)." LPB Wine Advocate. This Riesling is the first Mount Edward just from our Morrison vineyard, organic and true to style. Riesling from Morrison is off dry with delicious flavours that have orange/grapefruit peel at its core, this mineral pith like texture is the Morrison vineyard marker. A sorbet like wine, refreshing and perfect for summer and beyond. Soils are fine loess over...
James Halliday 95 points. A top class riesling at an extrarodinarily reasonable price. COLOUR Pale straw with steely green tinges BOUQUET Delicately perfumed with a hint of musk and bath salts. PALATE Textured with orange rind, lemon, lime and spice. Delicate with crisp natural acidity and balanced finish. FOOD MATCH A perfect accompaniment to oysters natural. CELLARING POTENTIAL This wine is ready to drink now as a young, vibrant Riesling. You will be rewarded by careful cellaring for decades to come.
Wine Front 91. Light straw-green; all the cliches: classic, pure, etc, can be legitimately used for this beautifully balanced mouthful of lime, lemon and citrus zest, underwritten by minerally acidity. WINEMAKERS Nick Walker, David O'Leary COLOUR Pale straw in colour with a green tinge. BOUQUET Lime with hints of lemon and fennel. PALATE A wine of great fruit purity. Intense varietal citrus, refreshing acidity and beautifully balanced. FOOD MATCH Enjoy with Port Lincoln pan seared tuna. CELLARING POTENTIAL Up to 15 years. WINEMAKERS NOTES Minimal winemaker impact. Pure, vineyard defined wine.
Favorita is what the locals of Piemonte call the vermentino grape variety. The wine is intense, crisp and has excellent acidity. Characteristic notes of cut flowers, peach, lemon peel. Delicious. Serve super chilled.
A new offering from Pelissero. Only 4000 bottles produced. Tasting sheet: yellow–green shades with shiny reflections announce a rich and full–bodied wine. Honey aromas, butter, flint, tobacco, tea with fruity notes of apricot, pear, citrus fruits such as lemon and grapefruit, or plants such as thyme, sage, nettles and hawthorn. Structured taste, tasty with a good acidulous and mineral note typical of our sea-origin soils.
Pelissero has only recently started making this wine from newly acquired vineyards in Asti. It is an aromatic wine par excellence, In the glass it displays a beautiful yellow-green colour, with characteristic golden hues, on a backdrop of fine and persistent bubbles. The typical aromas are those of white flowers of acacia, passion fruit, honey, with mineral notes of underbrush such as sage, thyme and mint ,typical of the terroir. The palate is intensely fruity with a backbone of firm acidity. Serve ice cold. Alcohol 5.5%. Moscato d'Asti is a semi-sweet, lightly sparkling, low-alcohol wine from Piedmont, northwestern Italy. It could hardly be...
This perennial over performer is made by the Perrin family, of Beaucastel fame. It is a blend of the following grapes: Grenache Blanc Marsanne Roussanne Viognier Colour: golden yellow with green undertones, bright and clean. Nose: very intense with ripe yellow fruits (apricot and peach) and white flowers bringing freshness. Mouth: round and full, very balanced, mineral finish
Burgundy Report - Bill Nanson 2016-11 "A golden impression, to the nose. Fresh, mineral and with a very nice silky texture. Really very mineral and quite interesting - citrus acidity. Yum! " Tiny production from vines planted in 1969 (1.86 hectares). All the plots of Burgundy Aligoté of the domain are planted on the commune of Meursault in rather deep lands of clay-limestone nature. L'Aligoté is a Burgundy grape variety (the Kir, a traditional Burgundy aperitif, is a glass of aligoté with blackcurrant cream). Burgundy Aligoté is a dry wine with medium potency and good acidity. Raised mainly in vats for 12 months to favor its freshness...
2014 TRUE COLOURS CHARDONNAY James Halliday Wine Companion – 95 Points “Beautiful balance and composure. Everything in its place, everything delivered at the right time.. Terrific value”. Campbell Mattinson “I just love the balance of it. The effortless swing of fruit flavour. There’s a drift of lactose through white peach, chalk, citrus and spicy oak and likely some malo, done well”. – 93 Points – The Wine Front Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 90 Points – Lisa Perrotti Brown MW WineGenius.com – 93 Points
~ 15% Off Everyday Price Until Stocks Clear ~ WINEMAKING NOTES: Individual parcels were harvested and pressed off skins quickly then fermented cool to retain freshness and aromatic purity. The three region blend is deliberate, with each component adding its own character to the blend: Pemberton for structure and fresh aromatics, Frankland for purity and minerality and Margaret River for riper tropical notes. We have used premier Western Australian grapes to produce this distinctive varietal sauvignon blanc. It’s fresh, crisp and fruit driven and will appeal to the most discerning savvy drinker. Wild Oats Western Australia Sauvignon Blanc...
This delicious Vernaccia is a very enjoyable wine with a straw-yellow color and golden reflections. The aroma is refined and delicate, with fruity and floral overtones, whereas the palate is dry, well-balanced and full-flavored. The almond scent of the finish is highly characteristic of the varietal. " ... And not far away, there was a stream of Vernaccia wine, the finest that was ever drunk, without a single drop of water in it” So said Maso when describing to Calandrino the fantastic land of Bengodi in a novella of the Decameron. But it was not just Boccaccio who inserted this wine in the wonderful scenarios of his tales – in actual...
MOONLITE Toscana IGT Grape varietals Pinot Grigio 20%, Chardonnay 35%, Vermentino 30%, Trebbiano 15% Production Technique The grapes involved in the Moonlite blend come from Tuscany selected vineyards. The wine is produced following the most advanced fermentation techniques for white wines. Wine description Color: straw-yellow Nose: intense aromas of white flowers with hints of flint Palate: fresh mineral notes blend perfectly with citrus notes. Winemaker’s recommendations It goes perfectly with dishes based on seafood, appetizers, soft cheeses and white meats. It is the best choice for an aperitif.
TASTING NOTES Rockburn Fumé Blanc is a handpicked selection of barrels that most eloquently speak of site and season, and exhibit character above and beyond their crad le - mates. Although made from Sauvignon Blanc, what I am seeking is expression of minerality and texture, something far away from the “ordinary” as far as we understand Sauvignon Blanc to be here in New Zealand. Leave your pre - conceptions behind and this wi ne will open your eyes. Our Fumé Blanc is a single vineyard wine displaying the richness and m i nerality created from out Parkburn Vineyard site, but focused more on complex, textural secondary characters rather...
2015 Pinot Gris Rockburn Pinot Gris features ripe peach, nectarine and Nashi pear aromas, heralding a vibrantly fruity off-dry palate. This combined with a very long, zesty finish complements rich or light seafood meals or most Asian-spiced cuisine, though its extraordinary versatility should be experienced over a wide range of dishes. This wine is drinking very well now and is expected to mellow over the next 3-4 years.
Vermentino is a white wine varietal indigenous to Sardinia but also known by other names in Italy and France. One common feature of all forms is most obviously their refreshing acidity and attractive aromas of peach, lemon peel, dried herbs and a whiff of saline minerality. Serve ice cold.
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