RECENT FEATURES




Neudorf Moutere 2017 Albarino and 2016 Dry Riesling
Cielito 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and 2014 Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Sopra Sasso Valpolicella Ripasso DOC 2014
Stone Paddock 2017 Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc, and 2016 Chardonnay
Old House Vineyards 2017 Sauvignon and ‘Kaho’, and 2016 Pinot Noir
Elephant Hill 2017 Rosé, 2016 Le Phant Blanc and 2015 ‘Reserve’ Merlot Malbec and Syrah
Wrights 2017 Gisborne and 2016 ‘Reserve’ Chardonnays and 2017 Natural Wine Co. Pinot Noir
Haha Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2017
Terrace Edge 2016 ‘Classic’ and 2017 ‘Liquid Geography’ Rieslings
SOHO 2016 ‘Havana’ and McQueen’ Pinot Noirs
Rockburn 2016 ‘Estate’, ‘Seven Barrels’ and ‘The Art’ Pinot Noirs
Tiki ‘Estate’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2016
Fern Ridge Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Cross Hares ‘Ahuriri Run’ Canterbury Pinot Gris 2016
te Pa 2017 Rosé and White, and 2016 ‘Oke’ and Pinot Noir Releases
Ruru Central Otago Gewurztraminer 2017
Tankersley Estate Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
Misha’s Vineyard New Sauvignon, Riesling Pinot Gris Gewurztraminer Pinot Noir and ‘Cadenza’ Releases
Greystone Omihi North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016
Framingham ‘Nobody’s Hero’ Pinot Noir 2017
Calabria 2017 ‘Whistling Duck’ and 2016 ‘Three Bridges’ Shirazes
Johanneshof 2017 ‘Maybern’ Pinot Nor Rosé and Pinot Gris
PR Cotes de Provence Rosé 2016
Waitapu Estate ‘Reef View’ 2016 and 2015 Syrah
Kumeu River Cremant, 2016 Pinot Gris and Chardonnays, and 2015 Pinot Noir
// View More Featured Reviews

Featured Reviews




Clearview 2017 Blush, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, and 2016 Merlot

15 January,2018

Clearview Estate in the coastal area of Te Awanga in Hawke’s Bay was my runner-up ‘Winery of the Year’ in 2017. I’ve always enjoyed the quality and up-front consumer-friendly style of the wines from Tim Turvey and Helma van den Berg. A visit in May last year, catching up with winemaker Matt Kirby working with Rob Bregmen reinforced a renewed vitality and energy at Clearview Estate. The wines have stepped up in quality, and wine styles are more defined than ever. The flagship ‘Endeavour’ Chardonnay and ‘Basket Press’ Red are truly stunning wines that take no prisoners, and the ‘Reserve’ level wines possess great character and distinctiveness. However, it is in the progress of the ‘Estate’ wines that is especially pleasing. Clearview Estate grows 13 different varieties in 24 ha of vineyard the have access to, and it is a statement of versatility and skill in managing to make very smart wine with all of them. Here, I review the new 2017 ‘Black Reef’ Blush, ‘Coastal’ Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay, and 2016 ‘Cape Kidnappers’ Merlot. www.clearviewestate.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Clearview ‘Black Reef Blush’ Hawke’s Bay 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17.5-/20

Pale ruby-red colour with some depth, and slight purple hues on the rim. The nose is full with good depth of packed and robust aromas of red berry fruit with stonefruits, nutty suggestions and an overlay of mouthwatering chalky minerals, unveiling a little confectionary. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has sweet and juicy flavours of savoury soft-red berry fruit entwined with red florals, stonefruits, quince and raspberry notes along with underlying thirst-quenching mineral nuances. The fruit sweetness is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity and the wine flows along a very fine-textured line leading to a finish with raspberry, quince and floral elements. This is a juicy, mouthwatering off-dry rosé with savoury red berry fruits, quince and subtle confectionary notes on a bright, very fine-textured palate. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. Fruit from Te Awanga, a blend based on Chambourcin, crushed and destemmed straight to press, with Merlot and Malbec given up to 12 hours skin contact, and some Gewurztraminer, indigenous yeast cool co-fermented in tank to 12.0% alc. and 7.2 g/L RS. 17.5-/20 Jan 2018 RRP $21.00

Clearview ‘Coastal’ Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2017

Gewurztraminer from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17.5+/20

Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, paler on the edge. The nose is tight and firmly concentrated with good intensity of spices and root ginger, subtle exotic floral notes and Turkish Delight elements. Medium-dry to medium in taste and medium-bodied, the palate has an elegant and tightly bound heart of root ginger and spices with savoury Turkish Delight and exotic florals. The palate has good energy and is underlined by fine acid freshness and phenolics, balanced with a little unctuousness. The wine carries to a lingering finish of spice and root ginger. This is an elegant and taut medium-dry Gewurztraminer with intense flavours of root ginger and savoury Turkish Delight on a gently rich palate. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3 years. Fruit from Te Awanga, WBP and indigenous yeast tank-fermented to 13.2% alc. and 12.5 g/L RS. 17.5+/20 Jan 2018 RRP $21.00

Clearview ‘Coastal’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17.5-/20

Full, even, light golden-hued yellow colour. The nose is fresh with well-concentrated aromas of yellow stonefruits and stonefruit pith notes harmoniously interwoven with a nutty overlay of lees and oak elements. Medium-bodied, the palate has an elegant core of yellow stonefruits entwines with nutty lees and oak. The palate has good presence with rounded and smooth mouthfeel, soft-textured and gentle drive. The flavours carry to a subtly flavoured finish. This is an elegant and gently concentrated Chardonnay with yellow stonefruits and soft lees and nutty oak notes on a smooth and soft palate with good drive. Match with poultry and pork over the next 3+ years. Te Awanga fruit fermented in tank with approx. 30% in barrel to 12.8% alc., the wine aged 5 months in seasoned oak on lees with batonnage and 100% MLF. 17.5-/20 Jan 2018 RRP $21.00

Clearview ‘Cape Kidnappers’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2016

Merlot from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18.5-/20

Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued red with purple hues. The nose is full and deep with well-concentrated aromas of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit along with liquorice and subtle spice notes with aromatic oak, unveiling some earthy detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and vibrant fruit flavours of ripe blackberries and black plums, notes of spices and liquorice, along with subtle violet floral elements. The rich fruit is balanced by fine acidity and supple, fine-grained, tannin extraction lending accessibility. The fruit shows with strong presence and carries along a soft-textured line, leading to a plump, lush finish. This is a rich and plush, ripe blackberry and plum flavoured Merlot with liquorice and spice notes on an accessible palate. Match with barbecued and grilled red meat dishes over the next 5-6 years. A blend of 86% Merlot and 14% Malbec, fruit from Te Awanga, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 18% new French oak. 18.5-/20 Jan 2018 RRP $21.00

Copyright © 2011 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Website by DataFlex | Design by Skinny