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  • wine – Page 8 – Independent Wine Monthly
    in Marlborough Jane and I argued over which road was the correct one shot past turn offs and eventually after Read More Leave a comment nz wine Framingham F Series a White Riot Posted on 19 06 2010 14 12 2012 If truth be told the very last thing I felt like doing on a wet wild Sunday evening was to go traipsing off into the CBD to taste wine But I decided to go because I had spring cleaned all weekend in preparation for the arrival of our French exchange student and was fed Read More Leave a comment france A couple of oldies but goldies Posted on 16 05 2010 04 05 2014 After an unrelenting feast of brand new wines it came as something of a relief this weekend to open a couple of older bottles Nothing rare or expensive just a bottle kindly brought by dinner guests and another found in a forgotten box unearthed whilst tidying the cellar 1994 Cartuxa Reserva Evora hand on Read More Leave a comment champagne Champagne Pol Roger Posted on 09 05 2010 14 12 2012 Sometimes I can decide whether Jane s and my friendship has been thus far so successful and enduring because we are more similar than we would like to think or because we are so far apart it is the proverbial opposites attracting Whichever it is I have come to accept that she will just never love Read More Leave a comment hawke s bay Elephant Hill Winery a brace of syrah Posted on 07 04 2010 14 12 2012 Since returning from the Hawke s Bay Syrah Symposium in January I have spent a bit of time pondering on the emerging style of NZ syrah It was certainly clear from the comments of overseas

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  • Framingham F Series – a White Riot – Independent Wine Monthly
    to the launch of a range of critter labelled squeaky clean wines aimed at the sub 10 market But as we were plunged into darkness a grainy film was projected onto the wall and the Clash belted out White Riot I knew we were in for something different It turned out that the launch was in honour of Framingham s new F Series The film montage juxtaposed shots of winemaking with archive footage of the Clash interspersed with quotes from Hedley and Douglas Wregg Framingham s UK importer The F Series affords Hedley and the team he is very keen to stress they are a team Hedley Anton the V and new arrival Andrew Brown referred to as Brownie an opportunity to experiment and make small batches of individually crafted wine As the film proclaimed we made them because we could The line up comprises the usual suspects Viognier Riesling Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc but each has been made in a slightly off piste style The presentation is excellent and thankfully the dreadful black label has been replaced with a stylish simple one designed with a definite nod to Austria My notes are only brief and reflect the fact that I tasted quickly and in the dark 2009 Viognier 500ml hand picked and whole bunched pressed Strong freshly baked gingerbread biscuit and oatmeal Quite a delicate style but with plenty of flavour and depth Good length 2009 Old Vine Riesling Dry with great texture and terrific concentration Some wild ferment characters adding complexity I struggle with most rieslings as food wines but I think I would be very happy to drink this with a meal 2008 Sauvignon Blanc The only wine that wasn t 100 convincing Lots of new wave Marlborough sauvignon is aged in older oak and often the resulting wines have a wild funky character that can be quite challenging This F Series wine had none of that funky edge but more emphasis on texture The palate has a chalky dry almost quartz like quality I just found the nose a bit off putting with a stalky green edge But with some time in bottle who knows what may happen 2008 Pinot Noir An gatecrasher amongst the line up of whites thankfully this pinot more than acquitted itself Very perfumed with a wild raspberry and blueberry character and an intense core of fruit Subtle some cedar oak but very much in the background A thread of minerality too 2009 Riesling Auslese A parcel of fruit that had become botrytis affected was picked early mainly to stop the infection from travelling further through the vineyard Having tasted the fruit it was decided to make an auslese style wine and the result is tremendous Ripe tropical fruit papaya and ripe peach Some acacia florals and fresh lime Pure intense fruit that also has an interesting sage thyme note too Botrytis adds complexity but doesn t overwhelm the riesling characters and a thread of acidity keeps the balance between sweetness

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  • Dry River 2007 – 2004 – Independent Wine Monthly
    and Shane Hammond viticulturist I must admit I relaxed a little Dry River enjoys a cult status here in New Zealand although I confess during my time in London the winery hadn t really registered on my radar I was persuaded to buy a case of 98 Pinot Noir by a friend but have only had one bottle to date But its strict be on the mailing list to be considered to get on the mailing list policy numbered bottles cerebral wine notes limited releases and reserved attitude has ensured it has retained air of mystery somehow at odds with the general NZ wine industry open and friendly bonhomie This tasting was an opportunity to see if the wines lived up to the hype To set the scene Katy and Shane described the wines we had before us Verticals of Riesling Chardonnay Pinot Gris Syrah and Pinot Noir would be shown from 2007 through to 2004 Before we began tasting Katy gave a quick overview of each particular vintage As she described each year in turn I was struck by her emphasis that each vintage was so very different in character It seems perfectly reasonable to me that each year will provide its own individual weather pattern and so vintage conditions Diversity of structure and differing aroma and flavor profiles are a cause for celebration It is also a good reminder that however god like some winemakers believe themselves to be no one is bigger than Nature The wines we tasted were all very different some much more successful than others but each clearly showing the characters of the particular vintage Riesling this bracket showed distinct vintage characters the 2007 and 2005 the most successful These were tight focussed wines that balanced high acidity with only a touch of residual sweetness giving quite austere mineral wines built for the long haul Chardonnay I have never been a huge fan of the Dry River style of chardonnay and this bracket didn t do much to make me change my mind Though only 25 new oak is used all four wines had a varnish like oaky edge which seemed to dominate There wasn t much by way of texture the wines do not undergo mlf and there seems to be a chalky thread of hardness common to all The 2004 was the most attractive having taken on a smoky struck match note and some florals too but there are more successful chardonnays out there Pinot Gris I continue to be impressed by the Dry River take on aromatics the gewurztraminer and pinot gris often my favourite wines of the new releases Perhaps the winery s dedication to concentration at the expense of subtlety works best on the alsace varieties The 2007 had a luscious almost decadent silky texture enhanced by quite noticeable residual sweetness 17g litre whereas the 2006 with only 11g litre residual which is where Katie would ideally like the sweetness to sit looked more angular with the alcohol just

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  • Sweet Dreams – Independent Wine Monthly
    a wide range of emotions and reactions in people There are those like me who find it an endlessly fascinating drink across all quality levels and styles and respond to it in both an emotional and intellectual manner there are those for whom it is just another albeit tasty thing to put in their mouth and those for whom it is just a means to an inebriated end And then there are those who may have an interest in wine but purely speculative and practical these are the wine investors who collect the fabulous wines of the world but do so in order to make money While I can see why someone might do this I know that I could never in a million years buy a bottle without the express intention of opening it at some point in time The anticipation of and speculation about its contents would wear away at me and I would finally crack like a greedy child with a lolly jar and have to open and drink the wine Much like art wine is about pleasure for me and while I do indeed possess some valuable bottles they lay awaiting the correct hedonic rather than financial moment in time But even I don t have a salivatory response to all wines honest I imagine I would have tasted around 10 000 wines over the last ten years and there are probably fewer than one hundred or so that are lodged in my consciousness forever But those that have I can remember their names vintages where I drank them and with whom and why they were so damn good But my husband has probably had maybe a third of these particular wines with me and while he remembers the dinner or tasting we were at and

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  • Morning Tea, McLaren Vale Style – Independent Wine Monthly
    is before mentioning the 10 days at the Australian MW seminar the myriad fabulous wines Andrew Jefford s excellent Terroir presentation the Evolution of Australian Chardonnay tasting from Michael Hill Smith Back in Auckland my thoughts keep returning to our last day in McLaren Vale We had been invited to the home of Vicky Vasarelli who together with her husband Pat owns Vasarelli Vineyards Arriving at 10 00am sharp for we thought morning tea we were presented with a table laden with just made bruschetta garlic infused wild mushrooms freshly cut prosciutto slices of rock melon preserved artichokes rustic bread and home made chilli aubergine and green tomato pickle Our initial refusal of a glass of wine was met with raised eyebrows so we sipped at chilled semillon sauvignon followed by a taste of sun ripened chardonnay Thinking we had done our dash we thanked Vicky profusely the food was easily the best we had experienced on our trip and made to leave But our way was barred by Vicky carrying a huge dish of tiramisu which seemed to be 50 whipped cream 45 Tia Maria and cocoa powder and 5 sponge holding the whole thing together It would have been unthinkable to have said no but the size of the serving proffered by Vicky would have felled even the most voracious Finally an espresso Emma who doesn t usually drink coffee agreed to have a small cup hopeful perhaps of its reputed digestive qualities and was asked if she took milk When she said that she did Vicky produced a huge bottle of malt whisky and proceeded to fill the cups to the brim As Emma commented in the car on the way home she probably drinks both coffee and whisky once a year but rarely at the same

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  • Independent Wine Monthly – Page 11 – forthright & independent wine commentary and reviews
    time pondering on the emerging style of NZ syrah It was certainly clear from the comments of overseas journalists especially the UK ones they regarded NZ syrah especially from Waiheke and HB as the next big thing Last week Read More Leave a comment champagne Thoughts on Champagne Posted on 29 03 2010 14 12 2012 There comes a time in every serious relationship when a simple remark can lead to you question the very essence of what that relationship means When my husband asked innocently if I would mind removing myself and our two very small children from the house so he could watch the 1999 Rugby World Cup semi Read More Leave a comment nz wine Dry River 2007 2004 Posted on 17 03 2010 21 12 2012 Wedged in the dickie seat in Bob s new convertible Saab I survived narrow decapitation certain death and total humiliation Read More Leave a comment nz wine Sweet Dreams Posted on 13 03 2010 14 12 2012 The other night I was sitting on the sofa reading a wine book and came across a mention of a particular wine But not just any wine This was the legendary Chateau d Yquem 1989 possibly one of the greatest vintages of one of the greatest dessert wines in the world I was instantly transported back Read More Leave a comment hawke s bay Honesty is the best policy Posted on 04 02 2010 12 12 2012 As it is with people it is also interesting to see how an industry presents itself yes that will be me giving your shoes a once over to see if they are polished I came away from last weekend s Hawke s Bay Winegrowers Cabernet Merlot Forum and Syrah Symposium slightly scratching my head at the

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  • wine – Page 9 – Independent Wine Monthly
    of one of the greatest dessert wines in the world I was instantly transported back Read More Leave a comment hawke s bay Honesty is the best policy Posted on 04 02 2010 12 12 2012 As it is with people it is also interesting to see how an industry presents itself yes that will be me giving your shoes a once over to see if they are polished I

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