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...
James Suckling 91 points, WA 90+. 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...
Bob Campbell MW 95 points. "Lovely minerality and precision here with layers of flavours that have pear and apricot flavours with hint of nuts. 100% barrel fermented, natural yeast with 20% new oak. Fairly long finish with hint of slate/chalk. The vines are now 20 years old." JCL 01/2013.
Cameron Douglas MW 94 points. Few people think Sauvignon Blanc when they think Martinborough, but the few producers who focus on it make some pretty sensational wines almost every year. Ata Rangi makes a highly textural style with clean, gentle acid and a nice leesy, creamy texture. Freshly packaged in a brand new bottle, with the truly befitting name of "Raranga" which means 'woven' in Maori, it is layers upon layers of attraction all balanced together perfectly. An outstanding wine in anyone's language, it's partially barrel fermented and will develop nicely over the first 5 years from vintage. Smells Kiwifruit, lime, flint and a hint of...
Grape variety is Glera (100%). This Bepin d' Eto Prosecco Superiore has a light straw colour. At first on the nose freshly baked bread followed by fruit such as peach, apples and pears with a refined impression of rose petals. In the mouth, the wine has a fresh and sharp but smooth acidity. Slightly sweet despite its denotation of Extra Dry - the Italians beat to their own drum.
Pale straw yellow color with greenish reflections, impeccable in the clarity enriched by a minute and incessant perlage very bright. The olfactory stage is composed of tones of exotic fruit, acacia, wild flowers, citrus fruits and suffused trace of minerality, flint, Mediterranean bunch. At the sip it shows a remarkable personality, which makes use of a perfect balance and an important flavour. The mineral finish is long and fresh, trademarks for the Rive region. Steely and dry. Conegliano lies in the Valdobiaddene region of Veneto from which the very best of prosecco is sourced.. In terms of prestige in the hierarchy of prosecco , the wines...
Conegliano lies in the Valdobiaddene region of Veneto from which the very best of prosecco is sourced.. In terms of prestige in the hierarchy of prosecco it sits 2 rungs below the sebregion of 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.
Morgante only deal with two elements....magnificent olive oil and the best Nero d'Avola grapes on planet Earth. Enigmatic, eccentric and unexpected… Bianco di Morgante is a white wine vinified from red grapes. The colour is soft golden yellow with greenish hues, the tannic texture is typical of a red wine with balanced acidity, a fruity trail and lingering finish. Bianco di Morgante pairs well with risottos, shellfish and fish dishes. Ideal served chilled.
~ 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...
2016 - 95 points Bob Campbell MW, Top 100 New Releases Gourmet Traveller WINE, Nominated New Zealand Sauvignon - Gold Medal, Six Nations Competition (Judged Sept 2018). Single vineyard Marlborough. “Concentrated barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc with ripe passionfruit, guava and red capsicum flavours plus a subtle salty, mineral influence and a suggestion of root ginger and toasted nut character. A complex, stylish wine that’s more vinous than fruity” 95 Points, Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review – 27/10/17
2013 - 94 points Bob Campbell MW, 5-stars Michael Cooper, 91 points Decanter, 17/20 Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com. “Silken-textured wine with orange zest and white pepper flavours plus some tree fruit and nectarine flavours. Subtle, pleasing wine.” 94 Points / 4.5 stars. Bob Campbell MW, Real Reviews. '5 Stars - impressive flavour intensity and a lasting finish' Michael Cooper. 'It is certainly peppery but it also has the oily (in a good way) depth I have only ever seen in the Wachau' 17 Points - Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com
Bob Campbell MW 93 points. Single vineyard Awatere Valley. “From the Blind River vineyard in the Awatere Valley. A powerful riesling with lime, lemon zest and subtle mineral flavours. Low pH and assertive acidity balances around 23g/l of residual sugar and builds a lovely tension to give a medium-dry finish. An impressive wine that will develop well.” 16/7/2018 93 Points. BC.
Bob Campbell MW 94 points. Single vineyard Marlborough. "Bone-dry sauvignon blanc, with impressive purity and pronounced oyster shell, mineral flavours together with gooseberry, grapefruit and citrus. Quite a textural wine with good weight and mouth-feel. 16/7/2018” 94 Points BC.
Bianco Toscana IGT - 100% Sangiovese Immediate de-stemming-pressing, separation of the must from the skins after a few hours, fermentation in steel at a low temperature (12-14 °C) for about 1 month. Aged In oak casks for a few months. ON SALE FROM: 6-7 months from the harvest. "Paper white, with a fruity bouquet. Clear hints of green apple, intense and particular. Pleasant, long, with an excellent acid freshness."
~Buy Six and Pay $36 per bottle net~ Wine Front 95 points. "Subtle white flower and nutty tones, lovely composure, flavour and clear acidity, kissed with vanilla, flinty texture, and a long cool finish. Detail and interest. Wonderful." Mike Bennie. A beguiling and creamy style of Chardonnay from the organic maestros at Carrick in Central Otago. The wine shows the trademark fresh acid of this cool climate region but is beautifully rendered in the winery with lots of biscuity creamy lees work in barrel to create optimal balance between freshness and opulence. For those who care what goes into their bodies, there are no nasties in this - and...
95 points Bob Campbell MW. Winner and Gold Medal, 6 Nations Wine Challenge 2018. "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. BC.
Arneis is a white wine grape variety from Italy's 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 citrus....
Winemaker’s comments: Closeburn is our un-oaked Chardonnay. The fruit is grown throughout the Central Otago region and exhibits the regions natural elegant fruit flavours and mineral complexity. The wine is fermented in tank to retain its bright fruit. It is then left to rest on its yeast lees to gain some doughy complexity and softness. This is a refreshing full-bodied wine, unencumbered by oak and superb with food. wine description: At first the wine displays an enticing bouquet of dried herbs and aromatic citrus fruit with a hint of the stony elements which follow in the mouth. The broad and lush white fleshed fruit in the entry is...
This Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend shows vibrant, fresh fruit characters and a zesty, crisp palate. Ready to drink right now. Tim Kirk, Owner/Winemaker
Darling Cellars Arum Fields Chenin Blanc has an explosive tropical nose of ripe peaches, pears and most definitely guava. This wine is well balanced with great structure and a good mid palate with guava flavours following through on the taste and a well-rounded finish. A great value wine that will compliment seafood, salads and light dishes.
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 ONE 6-PACK 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.
Jancis Robinson Wine Reviews. Very pale. Frank and straightforward. No frills but good freshness and fruit. Some spice and real structure. Lots of acidity and chew. Pretty. Good Value. Drink 2019-2024 16+
Raymond Chan 18.5+/20, Sam Kim Wine Orbit 93 points. Winery Notes: It is an aromatic white blend showing stone fruit characters and honeysuckle on the nose with baked golden apple on the palate. The 2016 Le Phant Blanc is a blend of 65 % Viognier, 27% Pinot Gris and 8% Gewurztraminer. All the fruit are from our Te Awanga Vineyard. A small portion is barrel fermented to add density to the middle palate.
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 - Raymond Chan 18/20. - China Wine & Spirits Awards, 2017 Gold Medal - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, NZ 90 points - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 18/20 points
Sam Kim Wine Orbit 91 points, Wine Advocate 90 points. 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. The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc shows aromas of citrus characters with a hint of lemongrass. It has an impressive textural quality with mouth-watering drive, flinty minerality and beautiful long finish.
Tasting Note One of Italy's most fashionable whites, it is noted for acute dryness and fresh, flinty acidity. This is a bright straw-yellow wine with greenish highlights. It has a full, delicate, elegant bouquet which brings flowers and fresh fruit to mind - mostly lemons, lilies of the valley and green apples. Its palate is attractively young, dry, fresh and well-balanced.
95 Points, Special Value Wine - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "From four blocks in the Forest Hill and Highfields Vineyards, crushed, cooled, pressed direct to French barriques (30% new) for wild fermentation and subsequent maturation with partial mlf. Has very good mouthfeel and length, primarily zesty pink grapefruit flavours with some cashew notes."
James Halliday 96 points. "Gin Gin and Bernard clones 76, 95 and 96, chilled, whole-bunch pressed to French oak (20% new) for a cool, wild yeast fermentation (partial mlf) and 9 months maturation. This is a sumptuously rich chardonnay that keeps its belt tight thanks to all important natural acidity keeping off centre stage, allowing white peach and nectarine to joust with the grapefruit and melon flavours." JH. Bright straw in colour with aromas of pears, nougat and flint. The palate has flavours of fresh citrus and figs with zesty finish. The lees stirring has built texture and weight across the palate.
Light golden in the glass, the nose an array of cloves, pear, marzipan, honey dew and orange zest. A substantial and powerful palate, initially smooth rounded stone-fruit, progressing to a core of chalky phenolic, expanding into a very long pure finish. Wonderful now, especially with food, or age for four plus years. REVIEWS & ACCOLADES 19/20 Raymond Chan Bright straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is full, broad and voluminous with deep and rich aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits along with nuances of tropical fruits and exotic florals,nuances of honeysuckle, and steel, mouthwatering minerals. Subtle...
Clear pale lemon in colour. Opulent aromas of pineapple, tropical fruits, lemon balm and fresh cut herbs. Expect a generous and textual mouthfeel from the barrel ferment, minerality, juicy acidity and soft phenolics on the back palate. Bob Campbell MW 93 points. "Fermented with indigenous yeasts in old French oak barrels and barrel-aged on full yeast lees for six months. The result is a richly textural wine with more weight and flavour than I'd normally expect. The wine is savoury rather than fruity - good food sauvignon blanc." BC 18.5/20 - Raymond Chan "Full, light golden yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a fresh...
Light golden in colour with a nose of fresh stone fruits, wild fennel and hints of cream. The palate flows with fine-grained phenolics, integrated fruit-laden acidity and an abundance of Nashi pear and white peach flavours. REVIEWS & ACCOLADES 5 stars - Raymond Chan Bright, even straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues. The nose is softly rich and concentrated with well-packed aromas of white and yellow stonefruits along with honied notes and yellow florals, and a suggestion of spice. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has soft, rich flavours of white and yellow stonefruits and subtle notes of honey and exotic florals. The...
Light golden straw in colour. Expressive on the nose with lime, lemon curd and jasmine flower. The palate is defined by a long thread of complex fruits including mandarin, mango and lime zest. Balanced with natural sweetness and acidity this wine will age beautifully or can be enjoyed immediately. REVIEWS & ACCOLADES 95/100 - Sam Kim (Wine Orbit) A gorgeous riesling; the fabulously fragrant bouquet shows yellow stone fruit, orange peel, mango and floral characters with hints of jasmine and lime zest. The palate is superbly concentrated and richly fruited, while remaining poised and elegant, delivering loads of delectable flavours combined...
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...
Jeremy Oliver (The Australian Wine Annual 2016) ~ 91 points ~ "The 2014 Chardonnay is a standout......Great value!.....Complex and mineral..... it’s smooth and creamy, with vibrant flavours of juicy melon, grapefruit, peach and creamy, nutty undertones finishing long and taut...." 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...
94 points - Peter Chapman, News Corp "This Victorian winery is continuing to grow in popularity and with wines such as this it’s easy to understand why. Pinot gris is becoming a popular drop for many and this is a classy one to savour." Smells of Fresh cut pears, snow peas shoots and lemon thyme Tastes of Lime flowers and miso. Crisp, bone dry and moreish with twangy lemon sorbet finish.
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. “Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour, very light edged. The nose is very elegant in proportion with fresh aromas of passionfruit with soft notes of fresh herbs, snow peas and cut grass. Dry to taste, the palate has a vibrant and zesty heart of passionfruit, cut grass and fresh herb flavours. The mouthfeel is refreshing and bright with fresh acidity and a core that flows along a fine-textured line. This has good linearity, and the wine carries to a lingering finish of passionfruit, herbs and grass. This is a lively and bright passionfruit, herb and cut-grass flavoured Sauvignon Blanc with fine textures and good...
Kaapzicht’s 2018 Chenin Blanc displays ripe quince, pineapple and stone fruit with some interesting savoury undertones. A lightly textured palate, with a hint of sweetness and balancing crunchy acid, results in a brisk finish. A delightful, delicate and refreshing old bush vine Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc with some of the grapes coming from a vineyard planted in 1947 (the second oldest Chenin Blanc in the country). A juicy poolside sipper or fantastic partner to al fresco meals, this wine offers outstanding value for money.
~ Buy Six and Pay $39 net ~ WA 92. The red they say was born to go with tapas and sold in local restaurants is the 2009 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza. 2009 was a warm and ripe year, and this blend of Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha (or the masculine Garnacho they like to use) plus 5% each Graciano and Mazuelo from limestone soils with quite a lot of clay, feels juicy and soft. It fermented with natural yeasts in large oak vats and matured in used barriques for three years. This is a bottling that has grown and improved a lot since 2004-2005. It shows very good balance between fruit and more developed aromas, with hints of leather and cherries,...
Freshness and minerality are essential to make a grand Petit Chablis. Roland Lavantureux adds righteousness and elegance. Hachette Guide. Winery Notes: A Shiny yellow color, a fine and fruity nose with notes of agrums : we just open a bottle of Petit Chablis ! The mouth is pleasant and surprises by its freshness. We recognize peach and grapefruit. It is crispy and intense. This wine can be tasted as aperitif, with starter, oysters or fresh goat cheese We own 5,5Ha of Petit Chablis, this vineyard is 25 to 30 years old. We care to control the yields to make Petit Chablis with a good richness. The pruning is « guyot double ». The...
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...
Winefront 93 points. Reflecting the mixed planting of old vines, a complex and intriguing aromatic mix of atypical muscat aromas with white peach and nectarine, honeydew, lemon sorbet and grapefruit pith. A firm palate of ruby grapefruit astringency combined with nervy acidity, homemade lemonade sweet and sour balance give a truly eclectic, unconventional white wine.
95 Points 1940s vines. Textural, powerful, persistent. Lime juice and crystals, talc and spice, mineral. A hint of orange blossom. A trace of fruit sweetness. It’s pretty and it’s purposeful and it feels soft as it extends along your tongue. A treat of a wine. Halliday Wine Companion.
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...
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