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  • Bulletin #9 – Independent Wine Monthly
    reviews bulletin nz wine Bulletin 9 Posted on 12 12 2011 17 01 2013 Please click on the link 009 bulletin to download the file Leave a comment wine Leave a Reply Cancel reply Post navigation 2011 Pinot Cloudy Bay Address The Nature of the Beast categories australia bulletin central otago champagne chardonnay france gisborne hawke s bay marlborough martinborough nz wine opinion pinot gris pinot noir posted by Emma

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=93 (2016-05-02)
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  • Bulletin #8 – Independent Wine Monthly
    independent wine commentary and reviews bulletin nz wine Bulletin 8 Posted on 11 10 2011 20 11 2012 Please click the link 008 bulletin to download the file Leave a comment wine Leave a Reply Cancel reply Post navigation Bulletin 7 Somewhere Exciting categories australia bulletin central otago champagne chardonnay france gisborne hawke s bay marlborough martinborough nz wine opinion pinot gris pinot noir posted by Emma posted by Jane

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=98 (2016-05-02)
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  • Champagne Pol Roger – Independent Wine Monthly
    While this is in many ways a good thing as I get to scoff more from any shared bottles it is also a source of frustration in that the person with whom I most enjoy discussing wine also happens to get a slightly pained expression whenever I expound the joys to be had from this most noble of wines However though slightly philistine she may be in her general appreciation of Champagne s many delights she is an astute enough appreciator of wine to agree that the venerable marque of Pol Roger produces some of the best wines out there I was reminded of this last night when enjoying a bottle of the relatively humble Non Vintage Encapsulating the house style it offers complex and richly fruited drinking with freshly baked bread citrus fruits crisp apple subtle strawberry and hints of summer flowers Perfectly poised and lengthy this is superb stuff for an entry level wine and even at the sadly rather expensive prices of top Champagne offers remarkably good value The NV Brut is readily available and perfectly drinkable no matter what the time of the day and whilst Jane will no doubt still prefer a strong pot of

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=162 (2016-05-02)
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  • Thoughts on Champagne – Independent Wine Monthly
    that I didn t enjoy some great bottles 1928 Roederer 1964 Pol Roger in imperial pints 1969 Krug 1975 Comtes de Champagne etc etc But since arriving into NZ I have drunk more Champagne than ever before Not the aged stuff but through hosting Champagne masterclasses for Savour New Zealand judging wine shows and training sessions for distributors quite a number of delicious bottles have come my way So a last minute invitation to attend a Mumm Celebration dinner was one I accepted immediately Mumm s chief winemaker Didier Mariotti was on his first visit to New Zealand A very brief itinerary Auckland for one day then onto Wellington before flying onwards to Melbourne After a slightly ordinary patch in the 1990s and early 2000s it would seem that Mumm is back on track Not the most exciting of non vintage blends the nv Cordon Rouge was much better than expected soft and appealing little by way of autolysis character but pleasant enough More interesting was the cremant which with fewer bubbles was a good partner to food I thought the accompanying dish roasted koura with a beurre blanc was a great match but Didier looked slightly troubled In his opinion cremant is a much more subtle and delicately flavoured style than regular champagne and so needs a very restrained dish sashimi or oysters He continued to look disturbed when the main dish arrived a selection of fine New Zealand seafood plainly cooked This was good he exclaimed but the presence of roasted beetroot was not so good The very worst thing to partner with Champagne he cried passionately Fortunately there was only one teeny baby roasted beetroot on the plate and so it was perfectly possible to enjoy the rest of the dish without sampling the offending root vegetable

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=392 (2016-05-02)
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  • Ryan Nelsen Wines – Independent Wine Monthly
    he and one imagines Poole feel will have solid commercial appeal One supposes that having been based in Europe for some time might potentially have given Nelsen s palate broad wine exposure too and certainly the inaugural release of wines show a degree of elegance and restraint that bodes well The wines are labelled as RN Wines with Nelsen s name discreetly below the RN within a stylised crest that is meant to weave together the various facets if his life Evidently he wasn t keen at all to have the focus on his name which again bodes well but was talked out of this by Poole and Miller While the label looks quite clean and sharp the dominance of white space also veers ever so slightly towards cleanskin label style though this could easily be improved by some embossing or texture in the paper The regional and varietal designations are also tiny which is probably not helpful when care has been taken to source grapes from regions with strong associations with those varieties and also when you take into account people like me who are not au fait with soccer stars But these are minor quibbles I have no doubt will be sorted furious notes were being taken by management at the tasting I was encouraged by the fact they have aligned themselves in the first instance with savvy producers who have good experience and reputations They have rights to the fruit beyond the present vintages and the involvement at the viticultural and winemaking stages should allow them to continue to shape them in the style Nelsen has in mind They ve done their homework and the inaugural release s four wines do deliver their intent nicely crafted appealing wines with a degree of sophistication Of course they now have to sell the stuff but they have a good angle and the wines make good on the promises made to be accessibly priced and to over deliver on quality Not a bad start then They have also been fairly conservative in volumes with between 100 and 750 cases of each wine produced for the current release FWDC will obviously be the main point of sale but further distribution is planned and on premise is being targeted too So it is easy to be cynical about such enterprises but in this case it appears the sportsman behind the label seems a genuine wine lover has access to good industry contacts and has started small So far so good The challenge is as ever to consistently deliver the goods in a crowded and evermore competitive marketplace but then Nelsen has a few advantages most don t in that department and which should at the very least open the doors If he sticks to his knitting keeps the wines quality good and is patient in building his brand there s no reason to think that RN Wines won t have a justifiable place in New Zealand s wine portfolio 2011 RN Wines

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=49 (2016-05-02)
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  • Two Friday night syrahs – Independent Wine Monthly
    favourites So when I opened a couple of bottles I was surprised when the 2006 Ogier La Rosine a Vin de Pays Collines Rhodaniennes was discarded in favour of the Hawke s Bay red Admittedly the Ogier wasn t a real Rhone but pretty close by But it just seemed overshadowed on the day and looked slightly mean and unforgiving the acidity poking out By contrast the Trinity Hill looked super 2006 Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah dense super ripe plum raspberry and blackberry fruit some cinnamon nutmeg oak Lush and decadent with soft ripe tannins still a touch of black pepper too The wine seems to have blossomed in bottle and is drinking brilliantly now Commenting on a recent Gimblett Gravels tasting Jean Claude Berrouet of Château Petrus said they NZ do not create wines that compete with ours France But a quick squizz on Wine Searcher shows that in the UK both the Trinity Hill and La Rosine retail for around GBP15 and so out on the High Street it seems fair to assume that a couple of bottles syrah selling for around the same price would be in competition irrespective of where they come from And a customer entering a wine shop would probably have a certain price point in mind I can t imagine anyone trades up or down a huge amount of dollars on a whim and so the price and possibly grape variety rather than origin or producer would play a big part in the decision making process Every time a New Zealand winemaker wants to prove a point usually when launching a new label it seems that a First Growth or Grand Cru is wheeled out to be judged alongside their home grown stuff And that s not always a bad thing because

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=344 (2016-05-02)
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  • A couple of oldies but goldies – Independent Wine Monthly
    and found the winery website www cartuxa pt which told me the Reserva is a blend of Trincadeira Aragonez Alfrocheiro and Alicante Bouschet planted in the Fundação Eugénio de Almeida vineyards Obviously I would have had trouble picking this as Portuguese wine as it didn t have the gravelly tannins I usually associate with Dao or Bairrada and I am not certain I would recognize the defining characters of Trincadeira Instead it was a wonderfully mature red with a strong forest floor aged leather and sweet spice character silky tannins and still a surprising degree of freshness It was delicious and a welcome distraction from the barbecued beef that I had forgotten was still ON the barbecue and so was served dans le style anglais ie well done 1988 Jurancon Clos Uroulat Charles Hours I know the wines of Domaine Cauhape well as I used to sell them in London but was once tempted to buy a mixed case of dry and moelleux Jurancon from a range of other producers I must have drunk the dry wines some time ago but still have some of the late picked wines left Charles Hours makes two wines the dry Cuvee Marie and

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=386 (2016-05-02)
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  • Millton Vineyards – Independent Wine Monthly
    a fortune to get a decent bottle and there is plenty of choice under 2o In fact a glance at the prices of top end NZ wine shows that if anything these wines are relatively good value But it is the middle ground those wines retailing for between 35 60 whose price tags are often the hardest to justify If I hear a winemaker tell me once more that we only make a small amount so I have to charge that price I ll scream Usually these are the ones who feel they bask in a little of the reflected glory from their more illustrious neighbours and so feel justified in charging top dollar Is it any wonder that the production of some of these wineries is often to be seen in the bargain basement section Likewise wines made from new varietals I m certain that part of the initial success of Marlborough sauvignon blanc was that in addition to offering a unique flavour profile and high quality importantly it was very competitively priced When Montana Sauvignon Blanc was selling for 3 99 comparable quality Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé was upwards of 7 It was an easy task to get wine drinkers to experiment But when emerging varietals are priced higher than good quality imported examples I m thinking gruner veltliner here its harder to justify the price tag February sees two new releases from Millton Vineyards The 2011 Chenin Blanc Te Arai Vineyard 28 is all quince beeswax and ripe pear with real weight and richness more textural than chenins from cooler regions In fact it is almost chardonnay like in its breadth of flavour I liked it a great deal The 2011 Riverpoint Vineyard Viognier 26 has a heady ecclesiastical aroma with touches of incense and spice Rich

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=610 (2016-05-02)
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