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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
The Rubus Sauvignon Blanc was produced from grapes grown in selected Waipara Valley vineyards.
The extended growing season of warm, fine days and cool nights ensured the fruit was harvested in wonderful condition mid April.
This wine shows rich gooseberry and tropical fruit aromas with an edge of complexity. The palate is lively and refreshing with a long, lingering finish.
Following harvest the fruit was gently pressed, settled and racked to fermentation. The juice was then cool fermented for 21 days and left on yeast lees contact for a further two months prior to blending, light fining, filtering and bottling. Analysis at Bottling: 3.35 pH 6.5 g/l Total Acid 12 % Alcohol 2.0 g/l Residual Sugar
The Siegel Special Reserve Viognier has a pale yellow color with green tones. The nose is quite intense with superb notes of white peach, grapefruit and floral expression. On the palate, the wine is balanced, persistent and it has an excellent acidity.
The Siegel Special Reserve Viognier is a blend of Viognier aged in French Oak barrels for 3 months and Viognier aged on the lees in stainless steel tanks. The wine didn't go through a Malolactic fermentation in order to keep it lively and fresh.
It was bottled right after a slight filtration.
The Siegel Special Reserve Viognier goes well with thai food or fish cooked in sauce.
Accordini Ripasso Valpolicella is made from 60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 20% Corvinoni. The vines come from the Pedemonte Hills.
Late harvest style Corvina aged on Amarone lees. The must of Amarone remains in the vat and instead of being pressed, it is topped up with high quality Valpolicella before being left to referment for about 10-15 days.
Accordini Ripasso Valpolicella presents wiht intense red color with garnet hints. Almond and fresh walnut aromas. Full-bodied with a good structure. This is an excellent red wine with a supple body. The techniques used to produce this wine is typical from the area.
Pairs well with roasted meats.
Opaque ruby. The Ripasso is youthful in appearance and taste with notes of red cherry, black pepper, and creamy milk chocolate. It’s big, full-fruited, exotically flavored and delicious with mouth coating density. A classic vintage. A blend of 60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, and 20% Corvinoni. International Wine Review 90 Points
Alain Jaume Domaine du Clos de Sixte Lirac is made from 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre
An intense red garnet color. On the nose, aromas of red and black ripe fruit (kirsch and wild blackberry). The mouth is full, with aromas of blackcurrant liqueur and spice. Tannins are both harmonious and elegant thanks to the fleshiness of the wine. Hints of licorice and vanilla on the finish, which gives the wine length and complexity.
Soil type LIRAC vineyard is facing Chateauneuf du Pape, opposite side of the Rhône river. As showed by the picture and following geologist George Truc, soils are almost similar in both side. They are marked by the violence wrought by the Rhone river. It consists of a layer of marine molasses of the Miocene period covered by alpine alluvium. The presence of a great number of rounded stones known as "galets" in the earth is evidence of the time when the Rhone, then a torrent, tore fragments of rock from the Alps and deposited them on the plain. LIRAC is one of the up-coming best area from the southern Rhône valley, as it delivers outstanding wines. Winemaking & ageing Traditional wine-making in stainless still vats. Hand sorted bunches, crushed and destemmed grapes. Fermentation temperature : 30°C. 18 days of vatting with pigeages.
"The 2015 Lirac Clos de Sixte comes from an appellation that shares a similar terroir with Chateauneuf du Pape, yet is located just across the river, on the western side of the Rhone. It’s a serious, large scaled, voluptuous effort that that has lots of ripe tannin, a bid mid-palate and copious amounts of blackberries, black cherries, scorched earth, licorice and roasted herbs. One of the bigger boned and concentrated reds in the lineup, it will have a decade of longevity. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 227, October 28th 2016), 91-93 pts
Composition: This semi-sweet white wine is made from 100% Riesling.
The soil is granitic and has southern exposure.
Tasting Notes: This wine has a pale yellow color with intense notes of citrus fruit dominated by lime and balanced by an incredible freshness. After a light aeration, the minerality takes over. On the palate, there is more citrus fruit flavor and minerality. With bottle age, the wine will acquire a typical mineral nose reminiscent of gunflint.
Pairing: This Riesling will be perfect with fish, or with the traditional “Choucroute” (sauerkraut and sausages).
Clos le Vigneau Vouvray is made from 100% Chenin Blanc
The wine is off dry in style with honey, earth and apricot notes. Wines from the town of Vouvray have been known to age well for 40 years. This particular bottling should hold for at least 5-7 years. This Loire Valley white wine from France is perfect on a warm spring day.
Intense garnet color. Black cherry and raspberry aromas. The mouth is full and persistent with a good structure.
Lasting but soft, creamy, full of scent of dried fruits.
Ideal with boiled, roasted and grilled meat.
"Aromas of ripe raspberry jam, plum, menthol and baking spice lead the nose on this bold red. The dense palate delivers raisin, dried black cherry and licorice alongside assertive, close-grained tannins that grip the finish.- Kerin O'Keefe"
- Wine Enthusiast (Best of Year 2016), 90 pts