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Domain Road 2015 Central Otago ‘Water Race’ Dry Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc

13 April,2017
Domain Road is the Central Otago winegrowing venture of Graeme and Gillian Crosbie, who hail from Dunedin but have long had an association with Central Otago, and the Bannockburn district in particular. They developed their 6.5 ha home vineyard on Domain Road in the upper Bannockburn terraces over 2003 – 2005, and expanded with the purchase of a further 10 ha on Felton Road in 2011 at the time of the global financial crisis, naming it the ‘Defiance Vineyard’ after their actions against the trend at the time. The fruit from the newly-planted ‘Defiance Vineyard’ has found its way into wines being released now. The two sites offer increased blending options as well as the potential for single vineyard bottlings to be explored further.

Pinot Noir is the focus, with the variety supported by Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay. The wines produced to date have proven to be of very high quality, a number winning significant awards in wine competitions. The vineyard manager is Fiona Johnman and the winemaker is Pete Bartle of VinPro. The Crosbies take an active interest in the style direction of the wines. Here, I review the new release 2015 ‘The Water Race’ Dry Riesling and oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc. www.domainroad.co.nz

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Domain Road ‘The Water Race’ Bannockburn Central Otago Dry Riesling 2015

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago

18.5-/20
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The bouquet is very tightly bound with a fine, firm and intense core of lime and lemon fruit along with mouthwatering wet-tone minerals and subtle complexing toasty notes. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion with finely concentrated flavours of limes and lemons entwined with thirst-quenching minerals and nuances of toast. The palate flows along a fine-textured line of fruit extract and phenolics, with balanced acidity lending brightness and vitality. The wine carries to a light, long lingering finish of citrus fruits, minerals and toasty hints. This is a very tightly bound and finely concentrated dry Riesling with lime and lemon fruit entwined with mineral and toasty detail on a tut palate. Serve as an aperitif and with shellfish over the next 5+ years. Bannockburn fruit, 77% from the ‘Domain Road’ vineyard and 23% from the ‘Defiance’ vineyard, hand-picked and WBP, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 5.1 g/L RS, TA 7.84 g/L and pH 2.98. 18.5-/20 Apr 2017 RRP $25.00

Domain Road Bannockburn Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Otago

18-/20
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very fresh and tightly bound with subtle notes of green stonefruits, nettles and herbs, with lifted white florals and mineral detail. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is taut and tightly bound with flavours of gooseberries and green stonefruits along with subtle notes of nettles and herbs. This has a fine, firm core with very good energy and line. The acidity is poised and refreshing, and the wine carries along a very fine-featured, chalky line leading to a long, subtle stonefruit and herb fruited finish. This is a very fine and firm, subtle oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, nettle and green stonefruit flavours on a crisp, chalky line. Serve with seafood and herb-marinated white meat dishes over the next 2-3 years. 82% of the fruit from the ‘Domain Road’ vineyard tank-fermented, and 18% fermented in 7 barriques, one new, to 13.5% alc. and 4.2 g/L RS, the barrel portion aged 3 months on lees. 18.0-/20 Apr 2017 RRP $23.00
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