Thursday, 28 September 2017

Laurent Perrier Champagne

Laurent Perrier ‘La CuvĂ©e’ Champagne Brut NV, Tours Sur Marne, France
Elegant, even, nutty, fruity and enticing autolysis bouquet; aromas and flavours of lemon, yellow apple, grapefruit and white peach; abundant autolysis flavours with a soft chalky texture accentuated by bright bold acidity; Firm mousse with a plush bubble carrying plenty of flavour and finish. The finish is dry and lengthy with citrus and tree fruits wrapped in a light brioche blanket are at the core of this wine. Drink anytime. Best from now and through 2027.

94 Points 

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Sacred Hill

Sacred Hill ‘Helmsman’ CS/Mer/CF 2015 Hawkes Bay
Smoky, ripe, oaky and dark fruited bouquet. Aromas of blackberry, black currant and Doris plums, fresh, ripe and concentrated; youthful, spicy and new oak scents with clove and vanilla; sweet hay and some fresh cigar tobacco. On the palate – full-bodied, war, rich, fruity, spicy, oaky and dry. Flavours reflect the nose with plenty of wood spices and dark fruit flavours, smoky and toasty, sweet hay, violets and plums flavours; plenty of acidity, medium+ tannins with chalk & mealy textures; long finish and great potential. Drink now if you must and only if decanted, frankly best from 2022 through 2035.

96 Points

The Boneline

The Bone Line ‘Sharkstone’ Chardonnay 2016 Waipara
Spice, baked stone fruits, vanilla, mineral, stone, citrus; a textured bouquet with aromas of fruits and oak with a mineral highlight. On the palate – intense, ambitious, nutty and just lightly creamy in texture; flavours reflect the nose with citrus peel and stone fruit core; balancing acidity, warming alcohol; great length and balance. Drink now and through 2024.

91 Points

Nautilus Estate

Nautilus Estate Pinot Gris 2016 Marlborough
Plump, generous and varietal with aromas of sweet spice coated white fleshed fruits – pear, Asian pear (Nashi), apple, loads of flowers and wet stone. On the palate – juicy, fleshy, ripe white fruit flavours with pear and apple, a hint of tropical fruit; a light les texture and salivating acidity add both texture and length. Fresh, balanced, medium weighted, well made and decent finish. Drink now and through 2021.

90 Points


Zephyr Riesling 2016, Marlborough
Lime, lemon, grapefruit, red apple, green mandarin, white blossom. On the palate – crisp, refreshing acidity, light+ body, oozing flavours of citrus and tree fruits; loads of white blossom; precise lengthy finish. Drink now and through 2028.

93 Points

Kaimira Estate

Kaimira Estate ‘Brightwater’ Riesling 2016, Nelson
Floral, fruity, ripe and zesty fruit aromas. Red and green apple, apricot stone, mandarin and white florals. On the palate – off dry with a fleshy juicy texture, contrasting acidity, soft almost silky mouthfeel, apple, apricot stone and lemon flavours; nice balance and finish. Well made.

89 Points

Jules Taylor

Jules Taylor OTQ SV Pinot Noir 2016 Marlborough
Striking colour and aromas of raspberry, black cherry, plum; crushed rose, vanilla led baking spices, fresh new French oak suggestion, vibrant, forward, youthful. On the palate – juicy, fleshy, very fruity with flavours directly reflecting the bouquet; silky textures, abundant fine tannins, medium+ acidity, whole berry ferment notes, lengthy finish. Very youthful yet lush and attention grabbing. Drink from 2019 through 2026.
93 Points

Jules Taylor Gruner Veltliner 2016 Marlborough
Fruity, ripe and quite vibrant varietal with suggestions of white radish and white herb, a pineapple (tin) note and stony mineral layer. On the palate – crisp, fresh, ripe, dry, hints of herb and pineapple, apple, radish, mineral. Plenty of acidity adding crispness and texture; balanced and well made. Youthful and still developing. Drink now and through 2022.
88 Points

Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough
Vibrant and pungent bouquet with very expressive aromas of tropical fruits, sweet herbs, wet stone, white peach and lemon; green apple layer; inviting. On the palate – juicy, fleshy and very flavourful with sweet fresh herbs, some passion and oineapple fruit; plenty of acidity, silken texture and lengthy finish. Classic example of Jules Taylor SB and Marlborough SB. Drink now and through 2022.

90 Points