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Smoking Loon, La Crema, McManis and The Crusher Releases
Two Sisters Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016
Clearview Estate 2016 ‘Old Olive Block’, Enigma’ and ‘The Basket Press’
Ceres 2017 ‘Swansong’ Pinot Gris and 2016 ‘Composition’ Pinot Noir
Vicarage Lane Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016
Paddy Borthwick 2017 Riesling and Chardonnay, and 2016 Left Hand and Right Hand Pinot Noirs
Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
Villa Maria ‘Ngakirikiri’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Paxton ‘NOW’ Shiraz 2017 and Hogshead Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Kuru Kuru and Tarras Vineyards Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Red Queen Marlborough Pinot Nor Rosé 2017
Waipara Valley Wines Blanc de Blanc, 2016 Sauvignon, and 2016 Pinot Noir
Elephant Hill 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and Reserve Chardonnay
Aix Rosé, A Torres Selection and Lustau Vermut from EuroVintage
Mills Reef 2017 ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris and Chardonnay
Nevis Bluff ‘Duke of Cromwell’ Pinot Blanc 2017, and 2017 Rosé, 2014 Pinot Gris and 2013 Pinot Noir
Smith and Sheth ‘CRU’ Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Syrah Releases
Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Gris 2017
Karikari Estates 2014 ‘Calypso’ and 2015 Chardonnays, 2016 Viognier and 2015 Syrah and Pinotage
Auntsfield 2016 ‘Single Vineyard’ Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
The Crossings ‘Wild’ Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Pisa Range Estate‘ Black Poplar’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
Z Wine ‘Rustica’ ‘Reserve’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Grava Wines 2016 Martinborough Sauvignon, Rosé, Riesling and Pinot Noir
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American and Australian Imports by Procure

12 January,2018

The marketplace for New Zealand wine drinkers has never been better due to the wide range of quality and value imports being brought into the country. Wines from diverse countries, once thought to be too rare or odd in style, or too expensive have become quite commonplace, as the world increases trading across borders. The Procure Liquor distribution company of Jonty Hamer and Misha Taylor are among the most progressive, especially considering their size of operation. They bring in a very strong range of affordable American and Australian wines. I review a selection of new releases here.


La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from USA


Full, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter edged. The nose is very full and voluminous with densely packed and harmoniously interwoven aromas of ripe stonefruit and citrus fruits, and savoury tropical fruits melded with a layer of creamy and nutty barrel-ferment notes. This unfolds plenty of complexing detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is softly rich with gently mouthfilling flavours of ripe stonefruits and citrus fruits in an amalgam of creamy barrel-ferment and savoury oak complexities. This has richness, mouthfeel and presence, balanced by underlying acidity. The flavours carry to a soft, full, lingering toasty finish. This is a harmonious and already complex layered Chardonnay with stonefruit, citrus fruit, and creamy, nutty oak flavours. Match with poultry and pork over the next 3-4 years. Monterey fruit fully barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 7 months in 17% new oak, primarily French, undergoing batonnage and 15% MLF. 18.5/20 Jan 2018 RRP $40.00

McManis California Petite Sirah 2016

Other Red from USA


Full, near impenetrable, black-hued purple-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is well-proportioned with aromas of blackberries, boysenberries and plums, along with spices, liquorice and aromatic oak that grows in presence and breadth. Full-bodied, the palate has well-packed and concentrated flavours of ripe blackberries, boysenberries and black plums, entwined with liquorice and spicy oak. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction lending a firm textured line with soft acidity enhancing the depth and weight. The flavours carry to a long, lingering, succulently sweet-fruited and oaky finish. This is a firmly concentrated and textured Petite Sirah with ripe blackberry, boysenberry plum and liquorice flavours and a spicy oak overlay. Match with roasted and grilled lamb, beef and venison over the next 6+ years. A blend of 80 Petite Sirah, 15% Tannat, 3% Teroldego and 2% Alicante Bouschet, fermented to13.5% alc., the wine aged in new and seasoned French and American oak. 18.0/20 Jan 2018 RRP $25.00

Artezin ‘Old Vine’ Mendocino County Zinfandel 2016

Zinfandel from USA


Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red with purple hues. Youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full and gently voluminous with ripe fruit aromas of blueberries and dark raspberries. The fruit is expressed with finesse and builds in depth and intensity with aeration, unfolding some liquorice and spice notes. Full-bodied, the palate has sweet and succulently rich flavours of blueberries and dark-red berry fruits, along with a little jam, fruit-cake and nutty oak. The fruit sweetness is underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction lending an elegant core and line with balanced, ripe acidity. The flavours flow smoothly to a fine-textured finish of sweet berry fruit and jam notes. This is a gently sweet and rich Zinfandel with blueberry, fruit-cake, spice and jam flavours on a fine-textured palate. Match with game meat dishes over the next 4+ years. A blend of 84% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah and 2% Carignan from Mendocino, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged in predominantly French oak. 18.0-/20 Jan 2018 RRP $35.00

Sister’s Run ‘Epiphany’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016

Syrah from Australia – South Australia


Very dark, deep, near saturated black-hued purple-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is tightly bound and elegantly presented with firm and deep aromas of black-berried fruits entwined with dark herbs and suggestions of stalk with a touch of minerally reduction. Full-bodied, the palate is firmly concentrated with a fine and taut heart of ripe blackberry fruit along with black plums, hints of spices and black pepper and minerally reduction detail. The fruit is sweet and moderately luscious, and is enlivened by balanced acidity, with fine extraction and supporting structure. The wine flows along a fine-textured line, leading to a slender finish. This is a taut and tightly bound Shiraz with blackberry and plum fruit with spice, herb and minerally notes and fine extraction. Serve with roasted red meats and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-8 years. Shiraz from Anthony John Parkinson’s ‘Epiphany’ vineyard fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged in oak. 4.126 dozen made. 17.5+/20 Jan 2018 RRP $27.00

Quarisa ‘Caravan’ South Eastern Australia Petite Sirah 2016

Other Red from Australia - Other


Full, even, near impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour. The nose is soft and somewhat restrained in expression, unveiling gently packed and dense aromas of ripe blackberries and boysenberry fruit with black plums and fragrant oak elements. Full-bodied, the palate has rich and plush, ripe fruit flavours of blackberries and boysenberries, black plums and subtle oak. The fruit is sweet and mouthfilling, and balanced by grainy tannin extraction and structure. The grip increases in presence and the structure carries the wine to a dry, textured finish with ripe black berry and plum notes. A little shy on the nose, this is a rich and plush, blackberry and boysenberry fruited Petite Sirah with grainy tannin structure. Serve with ropasted and grilled game meat dishes over the next 5-6 years. South East Australian fruit fermented to 14.71% alc., the wine given oak contact. 18.0-/20 Jan 2018 RRP $20.00

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