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27-Sep-2018
In maintaining or growing market share, a successful strategy is to introduce a new brand with a different angle to its philosophy to the other wines a producer makes. Brancott Estate, as Marlborough’s oldest and most significant wine producer has released the new ‘Identity’ range of Marlborough wines. To make these wines distinctive, Brancott Estate have made these wines to represent how certain varieties and styles best suit different pockets of the Marlborough growing region, based on the company’s experience of winegrowing in the district since 1975. To assist the impact of the launch, the labelling is bold with strong colours and logos that carry tasting notes within. Here, I review the five wines that make the range. www.brancottestate.com

Brancott Estate ‘Identity’ Wairau Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2018
Bright, very pale pink colour with suggestions of purple on the lighter edge. The nose is softly fresh with gently filling aromas of strawberries and cream harmoniously entwined with some confectionary, fresh fermentation esters, unfolding red florals. Dry to taste and medium bodied, the palate has soft and gentle, effusive flavours of strawberries and cream with confectionary, ferment esters and red florals. The flavours form a soft and light core and the mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh acidity. The wine has a slippery flow and leads to a light, fragrant finish. This is a soft and gently fruited dry rosé with flavours of strawberries and cream, confectionary and florals on a rounded, slippery palate with fresh acidity. Serve with antipasto over the next 2 years. 100% Pinot Noir, clones 777, 5 and 115, vines 19-30 y.o., from the company’s ‘Brancott’ and ‘Fairhall’ vineyards, given skin contact and fermented in stainless-steel, a portion with indigenous yeasts to 13.0% alc. and 5.9 g/L RS. 16.5+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $21.99

Brancott Estate ‘Identity’ Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Bright pale straw colour with slight green hues, very light on the edge. The nose is very firm and tight with intense, punchy aromas of pungent passionfruit interwoven with bold notes of cut-grass and nettles, snow peas and fresh herbs. The nose has intense and penetrating herbaceous elements. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, this has a taut but intense core of passionfruit, cut-grass, nettles and herbaceous elements. The palate features a smooth line with brisk acidity enlivening the mouthfeel. This has good drive and linearity and carries smoothly to a lingering finish of cut-grass and nettles. This is a tight, intense, herbaceous cool-spectrum Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, cut-grass and nettles on a smooth-flowing palate with brisk acidity. Match with Pacific Rim cuisine over the next 2 years. MS Clone fruit from the Awatere Valley, fermented in stainless-steel with 12% in French oak cuves to 13.23% alc. and 4.6 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $21.99

Brancott Estate ‘Identity’ Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018
Bright straw-yellow colour with a suggestion of blush, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly fresh and gently packed with aromas of exotic florals and citrus fruits, white and yellow stonefruits, along with subtle notes of pears and a hint of honeysuckle, unfolding mineral notes. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has light but positive flavours of exotic florals, white and yellow stonefruits, and notes of pears and honeysuckle. The flavours are restrained in expression but the palate has weight and presence, with the fine fruit core showing linearity. A little unctuousness is apparent which carries the wine to a light, nuanced finish. This is a soft and gently flavoured dryish Pinot Gris with exotic floral and stonefruit flavours with pear and honeysuckle on a palate with good presence. Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese fare over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the company’s ‘Triplebank’ and ‘Terraces’ vineyards, vines 14-18 y.o., fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 8.8 g/L RS. 17.5-/20 Sep 2018 RRP $21.99

Brancott Estate ‘Identity’ Wairau Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2018
Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is softly expressed with broad aromas of fresh citrus fruits and stonefruits along with some spicy, nutty oak and a little smoke. The nose shows some chalky mineral interest. Medium-full bodied, th palate has light but layered flavours of citrus fruit intermingling with white and yellow stonefruits along with some spicy, nutty oak. The flavours are up-front and the mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh acidity. The wine flows with good energy and tension, the flavours receding a little as the wine carries with some underlying alcoholic power to a light finish. This is a light, layered Chardonnay with up-front flavours of stonefruit and citrus fruit with nutty oak on a fresh, bright palate. Match with seafood and poultry dishes over the next 3 years. Clones 95, Mendoza and 6 from the company’s ‘Renwick’ and ‘Brancott’ vineyards, vines planted in 1991 and 1992, fermented in stainless-steel with 17% in French oak foudres to 13.5% alc., the wine undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. 17.0/20 Sep 2018 RRP $21.99

Brancott Estate ‘Identity’ Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017
Even, light ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues, paler edged. The nose is elegantly concentrated with aromas of red cherry fruit and tamarillos melded with fresh and dark herbs. The nose has depth and reveals a little nutty oak, unfolding stalk and floral elements. Medium-bodied, the palate has fresh and vibrant flavours of red cherries and tamarillos entwined with fresh and dark herbs, and a little stem-stalk, The flavours are up-front and enlivened by bright and brisk acidity, and the palate is underlined by light tannin extraction lending some linearity and grip. The fruit fades as the wine flows towards a slender finish of berry fruit and herbs. This is an up-front Pinot Noir in the cooler spectrum with cherry, tamarillo and herb flavours on a brisk palate leading to a slender finish. Serve with salmon and tuna, antipasto and tapas over the next 3 years. Clones 777, 5 and 115 predominantly from the company’s ‘Redwood’ vineyards, vines 12-16 y.o., destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged in tank with French oak contact. 16.5/20 Sep 2018 RRP $21.99
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