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Domaine Rewa 2015 Riesling and Pinot Noir

26 February,2018

Philippa Fourbet is a Francophile, and was inspired by the wines of Burgundy to possess her own vineyard and make her own wine. She acquired a 5.5 ha vineyard in Pisa, Central Otago, established to Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris in 1997. She produced her own wines in 2011. Since then, the vineyard has become certified BioGro organic under the viticultural eyes of Grant Roulston and Gary Ford of Vinewise. She has engaged Pete Bartle of VinPro to make her wines, which are very well-regarded in the market and highly successful on the show circuit. Here, I review the new 2015 Riesling and Pinot Noir.


Domaine Rewa Central Otago Riesling 2015

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago


Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, colourless on the rim. The nose is very elegant and refined in presentation with a core of lime fruit entwined with subtle and soft notes of toast unfolding an amalgam of white florals and minerals. Medium in sweetness and light-bodied, the palate has soft and harmoniously integrated flavours of lime fruit, white florals and honeysuckle, with gentle notes of toast and minerals. The mouthfeel is rich and lush, and smooth-flowing with soft acidity lending mellow drive and energy. The wine carries to a soft and gentle, honied finish. This is a harmoniously integrated medium Riesling with lime, flora and honied flavours and a little secondary toastiness on a lush, smooth-flowing palate. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian fare over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from the ‘Epicurious’ vineyard, WBP and in stainless-steel fermented to 11.0% alc. and 21 g/L RS, TA 8.44 g/L and pH 2.85. 18.0+/20 Feb 2018 RRP $24.00

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

Domaine Rewa Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago


Dark ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rim with slight purple hues. The nose id ethereal and voluminous with a deep core of ripe dark-red cherry fruit entwined with subtle notes of dark herbs, unfolding red florals and a little nutty oak. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich and sweetly ripe fruit flavours of dark-red and black cherries melded with some liquorice, spices and nutty oak detail. The flavours are softly mouthfilling and the fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction lending texture and refined grip. The acidity is integrated and the wine carries along a velvety line to a lingering finish. This is a beautifully balanced, sweetly rich dark-red and black cherry fruited Pinot Noir with subtle herb, liquorice and spice notes on a fine-textured palate. Match with roast duck, pork, beef and lamb dishes over the next 5-6 years. Pinot Noir fruit, clones 5 and 113, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented to 12.6% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 28% bew French oak barriques. 18.5/20 Feb 2018 RRP $39.00

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

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