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Dunnolly Estate Waipara 2017 ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir

09 July,2018

Dunnolly Estate is the winegrowing venture of the Parish family who planted their vineyard on Church Road, Waipara in 1996. The vineyard, planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir initially served as a contract fruit source until 2009 when the Parish Family introduced their own label ‘Dunnolly Estate’. Single vineyard wines are made from the Waipara vineyard, and this output is supplemented by fruit from other North Canterbury sites and Marlborough-fruited wines. Peter Parish tends to the viticulture, and the winemaking is by daughter Nicky who works in Marlborough, with inputs by son Matt, also a winemaker. Here, I review the new release 2017 ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay and 2017 Pinot Noir, both from the home Waipara vineyard. www.dunnolly.co.nz

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Dunnolly ‘Reserve’ Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18-/20

Bright, even straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant in presentation with soft aromas of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with subtle, balancing creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak unveiling a little mealy complexity. The aromatics are clear and refreshing. Medium-bodied, the palate has a tight and elegant core with delicately rich and sweet flavours of white and yellow stonefruits melded with some creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak with mealy detail. The mouthfeel is bright and crisp with acidity, and the wine flows along a fine-textured line, leading to a lingering finish of stonefruit and nutty oak. This is an elegant and refreshing Chardonnay with stonefruit and nutty oak on a bright, crisp palate with detail and interest. Match with seafood and poultry over the next 4 years. Waipara Valley fruit from the home vineyard, barrel-fermented to 13.33% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barriques, undergoing batonnage and 40% MLF. 18.0-/20 Jul 2018 RRP $34.99

Dunnolly Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

16.5+/20

Dark ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the edge with garnet hues. The nose is soft and full with aromas of fresh strawberries along with dark herbs, unfolding red floral notes. This has a fine, tight core with mineral, nutty and toasty elements that emerge with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is brisk and racy with a core of strawberry and cherry fruit entwined with fresh and dark herbs. The fruit is a little in the cool-spectrum, but has depth and is enlivened by zesty acidity and underlined by light, fine-grained tannin extraction and grip lending positive structure. The wine has linearity and carries to a long finish of strawberries and herbs. This is a bright and lively Pinot Noir with cooler strawberry and cherry fruit entwined with herbs on a racy palate with grip and texture. Match with duck and pork dishes over the next 3-4 years. Clones 10/5 and 777, from the home vineyard, destemmed and fermented to 12.76% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barriques. 16.5+/20 Jul 2018 RRP $39.99

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