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Waipara Hills Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

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 Wine Advocate: 90
Country:New Zealand
Grape Type:Pinot Noir
Product Description

Dark brooding aromas of cherry, chocolate and spice. Elegantly structured with generous fruit flavours on the palate. A rich young wine with complex fruit and enticing earthy characters, that is generous as a young wine and will also reward futher cellaring.

Pairs well with wild game, roasted mushrooms or seared beef fillet.

The early season frost caused some concern but thankfully little damage. It was a warm yet not overly hot summer in Central Otago, with slightly above average rainfull which allowed ripeness to proceed at a sedate pace creating decent canopy. The condition of the fruit was fantastic, great colours and really elegant tannin. Stainless steel tank and barrell fermented


Review: Coming from Bendigo and sporting a medium ruby-purple color, the 2014 Central Otago Pinot Noir has a very expressive black berry and black cherry nose, with a touch of wild blueberry, hints of lavender and roses plus a little cinnamon. Medium bodied with a medium level of velvety tannins and lively acid to prop the generous black fruit flavors, it finishes with good length. - Wine Advocate 90 Points

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Resonata Nero d'Avola 2016

Resonata Nero d'Avola  2015 is made from 100% Nero d'Avola.
Harvest: October – by hand


Vinification: The grapes are soft pressed and the juice is placed in stainless steel along with the skins for a maceration of 8 to 10 days with daily pumping over of the juice to extract more color and sweet tannins. The must is then racked and lightly filtered. Fermentation then takes place with selected yeast under controlled temperatures. The finished wine is placed in stainless steel holding tanks and bottled on order.
Aging: 3-4 months in bottle


Dense ruby red with violet reflections.
Lush and ripe bouquet full of mulberries, blackberries and spice. Harmonious and well balanced with good berry fruit in a spicy background.
Food paring: Excellent with lamb, grilled and barbecued meats, dishes with olives or capers and seasoned cheeses.