Archive for the New Zealand Category

3 Stones Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Marlborough, New Zealand

The 3 Stones Sauvignon Blanc came with a strong recommendation from wine store clerk as a “knock-out” bang for the buck wine. Selling for $12.99 in the province of Ontario I gave it a roll. From the outset the wine had a decidedly delicate fragrance, with the expected wisps of citrus and tropical fruit and and some pleasant leafy notes as well. Attractive yes, but not something I would label “knock-out” based on smell. Into the mouth it delivered the expected tropical fruit flavouring, Read more [...]

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, New Zealand

The 2010 Kim Crawford Sauvingon Blanc came from an interesting growing season in Marlborough that most drinkers will be able to distinguish this vintage from others. A number of conditions collided in the 2010 harvest that pushed the sugar count (measured by winemakers in a unit known as brix) to 24, whereas most years the Sauvignon Blanc grapes harvested for this best selling wine are at 22 brix. The long and the short of it is that the resulting wine is lower in acidity and the fruit seemed to Read more [...]

Felton Road Pinot Noir 2008, Central Otago, New Zealand

The 2008 Felton Road Pinot Noir is a wine priced at the premium level.  If you are valuing a wine on a positive characteristics/per dollar scale, your ego can convince your id that you are getting return for your investment. On the nose I got green beans with butter sautéed in a seasoned cast iron pan. The jam flavours a cornucopia of red berries gently cascading to a mineral pool. Along with the juicy drink, solid tannins parenthesized the ensemble. Geography, climate and wine making have Read more [...]

Nautilus Pinot Noir Marlborough 2007, New Zealand

The 2007 Pinot Noir from Nautilus wines is a fresh and juicy example of what New Zealand can produce. It smells like a Pinot should, with some muted herb thrown in. Not a tannic wine, the taste is a fresh and wet concoction of cherry and berry compote with herbes-de-provence accents. Tasted blind I might have guessed that it came from eastern Europe or North America's Pacific North West. New Zealand successfully branded Sauvignon Blanc as their own, and are now mulling over a pitched battle for Read more [...]

Kumeu River Chardonnay 2007 Auckland, New Zealand

Kumeu Rivers 2007 Chardonnay is wine that tricks you, the nose says one thing but the taste buds tell a different story. My glass wafted clean oak and a very interesting vegetable fragrance, roasted Brussels sprouts. I had never picked up that smell from a bottle of wine before, and as big fan of roasted veggies, I found it quite pleasant – and original. I was expecting an earthy, grassy taste to follow up the sniff. What came out of the glass, was an almost classic Burgundy white. Minerality, Read more [...]

Mud House South Island Pinot Gris 2009, New Zealand

New Zealand only produces Sauvignon Blanc, right? Not true, but your local wine salesman just might not be aware of anything else from the Kiwi Kingdom. In fact, Sauvignon Blanc does make up about 60% of NZ annual wine production – in terms of volume. So what do they make with the other 40%? Pinot Gris, for example, is crop that wine growers in New Zealand are proving to be adept at choosing the right areas to plant the vines and turning the resulting grapes into solid wine. Pinot Gris, or Pinot Read more [...]
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