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Discovery Point Pinot Noir 2015 and Gran Familia Rioja Reserva 2012

25 January,2018

Stephen Bennett MW has built up a reputation for finding, making and offering good value, flavoursome wines that appeal to the keen wine enthusiast as well as for the general market. His portfolio of wines he imports, has made and distributes is full of diversity. There are New Zealand wines made in classical and funky styles, as well as imports that show archetype style or terroir, but also invariably provide good value for money. Here, I review two reds that epitomise the diverse range that Stephen has the skills and knowledge to work with. For availability, contact Stephen at Tel: 09 378-9463 or Email: steve@bdwine.co.nz

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Discovery Point Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17.5/20

Garnet-red colour with a little depth, paler edged. The nose is finely concentrated with a taut and well-bound core of red berry fruit along with an amalgam of lifted red florals and savoury, spicy elements, and nutty oak. Some secondary game nuances emerge in the glass. Medium-bodied, the palate has a gently sweet and rich heart of savoury red berry fruits harmoniously entwined with red florals, dried herbs, and spicy, nutty oak. The fruit has depth and intensity. The palate is soft-textured with fine-grained tannin extraction and ripe acidity, and the wine carries smoothly to an elegant, lingering finish. This is an elegant, gently rich, fine-textured, savoury Pinot Noir with red fruits and spicy, game-like detail. Serve with mushroom dishes, risotto and game meats over the next 4 years. Fruit from the ‘upper terrace’, indigenous yeast fermented with 20% whole bunches and a high proportion of whole berries to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 15 days on skins post ferment and aged 9 months in 1 and 2 y.o. French oak barriques. 17.5/20 Jan 2018 RRP $24.95

Gran Familia Rioja Reserva 2012

Tempranillo from Spain

17+/20

Moderately deep, dark garnet-red colour, lighter on the edge. The nose is soft and elegantly concentrated with a core of sweet and savoury red berry fruit melded with a subtle layering of oak spice and cedar, along with nuances of game, dried herb and secondary detail. Medium-bodied, the palate has a deep heart with concentrated flavours of sweet and savoury red berry fruits entwined with cedary oak, game elements and dried herbs. The mouthfeel has good weight and presence, with soft, fine-grained, supple tannin extraction with gentle acidity. The flavours carry along a smooth-textured line leading to a lush, savoury finish with cedary oak. This is a lush, sweet and savoury red berry-fruited Rioja with spicy, cedary oak and secondary notes on a fine, supple palate. Match with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern lamb dishes over the next 4+ years. From Bodegas Castillo de Fuenmayor, a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 10% each Graciano and Garnacha, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 3 years in the cellar with 12 months in 50% French and 50% American oak. 17.0+/20 Jan 2018 RRP $21.95

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