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Clearview Estate – A Selection of 2018 Complex Whites

25 January,2019

Clearview Estate, based at the coastal Hawke’s Bay village of Te Awanga is best known for its superbly rich and flavoursome ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay. Owners Tim Turvey and Helma van den Berg have also made their red Bordeaux-variety wines at the top level, and these wines can be counted among the best of their class, especially in riper years. With the input of Matt Kirby from Australia to help finish the 2014 vintage wines with Rob Bregman, we have seen a greater degree of complexity in the white wines from the making of adventurous styles, such as the ‘Karaka’ orange wine and oak fermentation as well as the use of indigenous yeasts. Here, I review a selection of 2018 vintage whites which demonstrate the new perspectives. www.clearviewestate.co.nz

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Clearview ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18/20

Bright, light golden straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with integrated aromas of green stonefruits, nectarines, and greengages, and a little cut grass interwoven with soft notes of nutty oak and some piquant lees adding freshness to the nose. Fresh herb notes unfold with aeration. This has good balance and integration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a near-unctuous texture with deep, rounded and integrated flavours of green stoneftuits and herbal notes interwoven with soft, nutty oak. Some fresh piquancy provides liveliness, energy and vitality, and the wine carries smoothly to a soft, rounded, lingering finish. This is a smooth, integrated oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with richness and subtle freshness. Match with herb-marinated seafood and white meats over the next 3-4 years. Te Awanga fruit fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented in old oak to 12.5% alc. and < 1g/L RS, the wine aged 5 months in oak undergoing batonnage and partial MLF. 18.0/20 Jan 2019 RRP $27.00

Clearview ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Semillon 2018

Semillon from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17.5+/20

Brilliant, light golden-yellow colour with some depth. The nose has good concentration and firmness with a strong core of green stonefruits, nectarines, gooseberries and cut grass. The oak shows prominence and is broad in expression, but shows crispness and firmness. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a concentrated and intensely packed core of green stonefruits showing nectarines, greengages, cut grass, along with up-front, spicy oak notes. The fruit forms a dense line, but is enlivened by fresh, crisp acidity. The firm linearity and flavours carry to a brisk, lingering finish. This is a frim, crisp and brisk oak-influenced Semillon with intense stonefruit, cut-grass and herbal flavours on a racy palate with oak notes showing strongly. Match with herb-marinated white dishes over the next 3-4 years. Te Awanga fruit fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented in 2 y.o. oak to 12.6% alc. and < 1 g/L RS, the wine aged 8 months in oak undergoing batonnage and partial MLF. 17.5+/20 Jan 2019 RRP $27.00

Clearview ‘Karaka’ Hawke’s Bay 2018 «

Semillon from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17.5/20

Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth and a suggestion of orange. This has a firmly concentrated and solidly packed nose of green stonefruits, herbs, stalks and grassy notes and bitter stem elements unfolding. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is rounded with a balanced, textured mouthfeel and soft, fine phenolic extraction alongside restrained acidity. The extraction lends a gentle mouthfeel and grip that softly fills the palate. The flavours of green stonefruits, fresh herbs, grass and stalks are balanced and integrated and feature alongside the textures, and the wine carries to a soft, rounded finish. This is a mouthfilling, gently rounded, Semillon-based orange wine with balanced stonefruit, herb, grass and stalk flavours, and fine phenolic extraction. Match with most herb-marinated meat dishes over the next 3 years. An orange wine expression of Semillon from the company’s ‘Karaka’ vineyard at Te Awanga, made with no additions, un-fined and unfiltered with no added sulphur. Open fermented to 13.0% alc., and aged 148 days on skins in tank, the aged 2 months in old barrels, the wine undergoing MLF. 17.5/20 Jan 2019 RRP $21.00

Clearview ‘Coastal’ Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18+/20

Brilliant, light straw-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly presented with fresh and gently full aromas of fragrant, exotic white and yellow florals along with lifted pear fruit, hints of nuts and sweet lifted elements, unfolding nuances of saline mineral elements. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is gently rich , lush and rounded with flavours of ripe pear fruit along with fragrant white and yellow florals with hints of honey and nuances of saline and minerals. The palate is rounded with some underlying alcoholic drive and balanced soft acidity. The wine flows along a rounded, luscious line and carries to a lingering finish with richness and sweetness. This is a rich, rounded and lush off-dry Pinot Gris with fragrant pear and floral fruit with notes of honey and minerals on a palate with drive and soft acidity. Match with Asian fare over the next 3 years. Fruit from Porangahau, WBP and tank-fermented to 13.7% alc. and 4.1 g/L RS, the wine undergoing batonnage but no MLF. 18.0+/20 Jan 2019 RRP $21.00

Clearview ‘Coastal’ Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2018

Gewurztraminer from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17.5/20

Bright, full, deep, light lemon-green hued straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is firm and tightly bound with a concentrated core of root ginger fruit aromas along with an amalgam of florals and herbs and complex nuances of minerally reductive elements. Off-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is firm and concentrated with a well-driven core of root ginger fruit along with subtle floral, spice and herb elements. A little reduction adds to the firmness and concentration with hints of bitterness. The palate is fine-textured and has integrated acidity that lends good drive, leading to a lingering, off-dry finish. This is a firm and concentrated off-dry Gewurztraminer with flavours of root ginger, minerals, herbs and a little reduction, good linearity and fine textures. Serve with Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine over the next 3 tears. Te Awanga fruit, WBP and indigenous yeast tank-fermented to 13.5% alc. and 6 g/L RS, the wine aged 4 months on lees. 17.5/20 Jan 2019 RRP $21.00

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