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  • wine writing – Independent Wine Monthly
    s recent article Most of it centres around those who seek to defend paid for wine Read More Leave a comment australia Australians with moral standards You read it here first Posted on 25 03 2013 23 01 2016 Reading the first paragraphs of the 15th March edition of TWTW on the point scoring between the point scorers was an amusing enough experience Though I couldn t help but wonder if all the vitriol may in fact represent something other than petty jealousies and score settling Read More Leave a comment nz wine In for a penny Posted on 28 05 2011 04 05 2014 Not being a partaker of social media yes yes but it s just not for me I have perhaps thankfully missed many of the comments being generated by my previous article But I have had some thought provoking emails come directly to me and one in particular raised a not dissimilar thorny issue one which I have Read More Leave a comment nz wine Declaration of Independence Posted on 26 05 2011 04 05 2014 There has been a fair amount of commentary recently in the wine press and social media regarding the pros and

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  • The Strange Case of a Dartmoor Vineyard – Independent Wine Monthly
    75 builds upon its already impressive pedigree deceptively shy initially its tightly wound core of ripe fruit opens up to reveal delicious layers of white peach golden apple bran biscuit roasted cashew with a lovely lick of flint and citrus on the finish Polished but with real character too its richness and elegantly unfolding complexity also suggest great things still to come Its fellow traveller in the Special Selection range is the 2013 Sacred Hill The Virgin Hawke s Bay Chardonnay 12 5 30 which provides a fascinating contrast given its fruit also hails from the hallowed Rifleman s Vineyard A tight fresh nose of rockmelon white flowers and a hint of wet wool starts well aligned nicely with the stated intent of delivering a delicate pristine style and of course we re always keen indeed on the intellectual minerally approach but in this instance have to take issue with the uh firmness of the acidity on the palate which seems to depart from dry delicacy all the way on to austerity instead Certainly there s a happy degree of fruit intensity there citrus tones natch but it pulls up short and is just not quite a satisfying whole I

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=918 (2016-05-02)
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  • Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay – Independent Wine Monthly
    boring wine Sometimes it is hard work writing a review especially when there are some dreary wines out there technically competent maybe but in no way conveying any sense of style or place Sometimes wines just pass you by leaving no trace Perfectly drinkable yet also alas perfectly dull But then you find a wine that captures your imagination and along the page your pen rolls as you hope to convey the character the nature the essence of the wine The best continue to evolve and unfold in the glass and you find yourself trying to describe a kaleidescope of tastes and textures 2012 Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay My second vintage of this wine in as many weeks I tasted the 2011 at the Family XII tasting to feature in another post Both were so good I felt renewed and invigorated not just about wine but perhaps even life in general Mealy rich creamy concentrated youthful and taut restrained yet brimming with potential and fruit too this is chardonnay as it should be Lithe texture complex and lengthy a wine of great harmony and character And deliciousness Never forget delicousness yes yes not the most interesting photo the Ata Rangi

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=857 (2016-05-02)
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  • Georgetown Wines, Central Otago – Independent Wine Monthly
    an old and very picturesque miners hut which these days doubles as a tasting room providing a wonderfully evocative link to the area s past The idea is to keep things close to Burgundian techniques vines are small and low pruned there s as little irrigation as possible and a hands off approach to winemaking wines are made by Ian offsite at Packspur literally a garagiste outfit if ever there were one Ian says Being as small as we are enables us to really focus on every square metre of our little pocket of Central Otago It s from these little plot that the quality individual wines come That s what I think a big part of artisan wine is about You can t help but admire his dedication and enthusiasm for the task he is up for lively discussion on all topics vinous and I don t doubt anything else you might care to debate and it s presumably this passion that helps him and Marianne pour in long hours and plenty of resources to their vineyard and wines In this sense Georgetown is probably closer to Burgundy than Ian might hope a passionately tended vineyard the family run enterprise intent on nurturing their vines and expressing their site This is heartening for as much as we need the large exporters the high flyers and the deep pocketed show ponies we also need the tiny mum and dad outfits who help fill in the tapestry of the industry and illuminate the emerging differences within the regions and sub regions Still gold in them thar hills 2010 Georgetown Pinot Noir Still tight and youthful but nose is starting to open to reveal fruits in the exotic spectrum a bold expression of Central Otago fruit Soft and supple upfront then a

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=798 (2016-05-02)
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  • TOSQ Wines, Central Otago – Independent Wine Monthly
    an eye to biodynamics and certainly this is a hands on labour of love affair with all family members two legs and four to be found in the vineyards across the year The wines are made at Maude winery in Wanaka which is where we visited to see a new take on an unusual variety Flora Five rows were originally planted with what was thought to be pinot gris but instead revealed themselves to be the 1938 Californian crossing of gewurztraminer and semillon Undaunted Sue and Carl have now made this a unique wine in their portfolio and with the 2013 vintage and enthusiastic urging from winemaker Sarah Kate Dineen used it to try out natural winemaking representing quite a departure from their usual style of wine but in keeping with their desire to explore their site s potential and their own boundaries 2013 TOSQ Flora barrel sample Made with no sulphur yeast acid or other additives pressed half the juice put directly to barrel for ferment half put over pressed skins in stainless steel vessel Lees stirred twice weekly for freshness to richen palate texture and as S K keen to manage the variety s naturally high acidity This was the point at which we tasted the wine An intriguing wine A pretty rather floral nose and quite creamy Surprisingly pure though with lots going on already Slight aldehydic lift at this stage Dry very pithy palate textural light and quite herbal flavour spectrum Delicate structure nicely linear and very interesting Given the departure from norm there was some discussion about whether to bottle it in a different format e g 500ml or a different label as there s no doubting someone who had tried the 2012 Flora will be encountering a radically different beast this time around The

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=762 (2016-05-02)
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  • posted by Emma – Page 2 – Independent Wine Monthly
    central otago Folding Hill Pinot Noir 2010 Posted on 14 02 2013 14 02 2013 I always find it quite exciting to see a wine I ve never tried before cross my doorstep but tinged with this is some trepidation will it be any good The odds are not as encouraging as one would hope Read More Leave a comment central otago Too cool to drink cabernet Posted on 03 02 2013 03 02 2013 There is something very encouraging about the approach of Auburn Wines of Bannockburn The singular focus on riesling and desire to explore the variety through various sub regional bottlings underscores the growing maturation and confidence in our terroir Read More Leave a comment central otago Misha s Vineyard new releases Posted on 03 02 2013 04 02 2013 Having tasted Misha s Vineyard s inaugural release I was interested to see how their mission statement No Compromises was holding up always a bold statement given the vagaries of weather and markets Read More Leave a comment marlborough Somewhere Exciting Posted on 18 10 2011 04 05 2014 It is said that dogs resemble their owners as the owner of amongst others a whippet and a

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?cat=38&paged=2 (2016-05-02)
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  • Henschke : latest releases – Independent Wine Monthly
    Shiraz Grenache 52 00 Named after Henry Evans who planted the first vineyard of seven acres at Keyneton in 1853 Blackberry and damson with a touch of black pepper spice A luxurious opulent note from the viognier Creamy silky texture then the tannins just sneak in on the finish Exuberant and full of cheer 60 shiraz 26 grenache 7 viognier 7 mataro 2010 Keyneton Euphonium Shiraz Cabernet 72 00 Always mainly shiraz and cabernet but can contain merlot and or cabernet franc some years Lovely touch of cabernet leafiness on the nose Sweet spice and nutmeg then cassis and violet florals Fantastic slippery texture then grainy tannins just appear on the finish 70 shiraz 18 cabernet sauvignon and 12 merlot 2010 Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon 182 00 From a single vineyard in the Eden Valley the first vintage was 1978 A wine according to Stephen that won the Best Burgundy class in an Australian show Great purity creme de cassis and fresh blackcurrant Structured and poised with ripe finely grained tannins adding a note of firmness By itself good cabernet can have a freshness and line that is hard to beat here a little merlot and cabernet gives an extra dimension 84 cabernet sauvignon 13 merlot and 3 cabernet franc 2010 Mount Edelstone 182 00 In 2012 the Mount Edelestone vines reached their 100th birthday so were entitled to the Barossa Centenarian Vine classification The nose has all sorts of different aromas wine gums dark plum blackberry black liquorice dark chocolate and vender Stephen said the wine usually has notes of sage oil I wouldn t have picked this myself not sure I ve ever thought of sage as oily but once he said it I thought what a good descriptor Marshmallowy texture fresh dark fruit spice and oak all

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=912 (2016-05-02)
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  • Yealands PGR – Independent Wine Monthly
    mainly riesling muscat and or gewurztraminer with the balance made up of sylvaner chasselas and pinot blanc The different grape varieties must be vinified separately before being blended Yealand s winemaker Tamara Kelly Washington looks to have taken Gentil as her inspiration for two newly launched wines 2014 Peter Yealands PGR is a gently aromatic wine owing more to pinot gris than riesling or gewurztraminer with plenty of baked pear and apple on the nose married to a soft spicy palate A touch of residual sugar adds weight The 2014 Yealands Estate Single Vineyard PGR is has much the same varietal make up but benefits from a small step up in concentration and a palate that has its sweetness balanced by a touch of grapefruit pith texture Purists may baulk at the idea of Yealands bottling a wine as single vineyard when that vineyard is 1000 hectares roughly 550 times bigger than the 1 8 hectare Romanée Conti but I can t help but admire the chutzpah Priced at 16 and 23 respectively these are a cheerful pair of wines that will surely appeal to those looking for an alternative to pinot gris Leave a comment Leave a Reply Cancel

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=907 (2016-05-02)
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