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Charles Wiffen 2018 Pinot Rosé and 2016 Chardonnay

18 October,2018

Charles and Sandi Wiffen are stalwarts of the Marlborough wine industry, being among the earliest grapegrowers. Though living in Parnassus near Cheviot, they own 50 ha of well-established vines in the Lower Wairau and Southern Valleys districts. Jason Tripe and Melissa Sutherland tend to the viticulture and most of the wines are made by James Rowan at West Brook in Waimauku, though daughter Becc Wiffen, a winemaker at Lawson’s Dry Hills (and living in the family vineyards) supplements the supply with wines made at Lawson’s. Here, I review the new release 2018 Pinot Rosé and 2016 Chardonnay, the latter wine already successful at wine shows. www.charleswiffenwines.co.nz


Charles Wiffen Marlborough Pinot Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, pale cerise-pink colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and firm with elegantly concentrated aromas of redcurrants and red florals with subtle thirst-quenching herbal elements, unfolding cranberry notes. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has moderately concentrated fruity core showing redcurrants, cherries and herbal notes, revealing cranberry and floral elements. The mouthfeel is refreshing and mouthwatering with crisp acidity, and the wine flows with good linearity, leading to a lingering finish that unfolds a red floral and herb amalgam. This is a moderately concentrated, refreshing and thirst-quenching dry rosé with redcurrant, red cherry and cranberry fruit with herb and floral detail and good linearity. Match with antipasto, tapas, and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Flynn’ vineyard off Rapaura Road, given 8 hours skin contact and pressed to tank for fermentation to 12.0% alc. and 4.5 g/L RS. 17.5/20 Oct 2018 RRP $21.35

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Charles Wiffen Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, even, light lemon-gold colour with some depth, paler on the edge. The nose is elegantly proportioned with softly concentrated and packed aromas with layers of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits harmoniously melded with subtle, fragrant nutty oak along with mealy and toasty complexities. This has a completeness to the expression. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a taut and concentrated heart with intensely packed, but stylishly presented, layered flavours of white and yellow stonefruits, citrus fruit, creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak all interwoven and harmoniously balanced. The palate flows smoothly and seamlessly with some underlying power and fine, lacy acidity, leading to an elegant, sustained finish. This is a beautifully harmonious and integrated Chardonnay with stonefruit, citrus fruit, creamy and nutty oak and mealy detail, the wine quite complete in itself. Serve with grilled or roasted poultry or pork dishes over the next 4 years. Fruit from the Wiffen ‘Omaka’ block, fully barrel-fermented to 13.7% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 20% new French oak barriques, undergoing batonnage and full MLF. 18.5+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $24.55

Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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