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EuroVintage New Australian, Argentine and French Releases

24 August,2017
As one of New Zealand’s most significant distributors, EuroVintage has many excellent imported wines in its portfolio from world-recognised producers. It is always a difficult task to know which of the more ‘traditional’ wines to keep and promote to enhance stability and history, and which new labels to bring in to show that the company is progressive and innovative. Here, I review a selection of imported wines that appear to do just that. www.eurovintage.co.nz


Wirra Wirra ‘Scrubby Rise’ Adelaide Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Blended Red from Australia – South Australia

Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has a fresh, full and gently voluminous nose of dark-red berry fruits and a layering of blackcurrants, fresh herbs and black pepper elements. The aromatics build in depth in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate possesses fresh and bright, primary fruit flavours of blackcurrants and fresh herbs, along with a little leaf, pepper and cedary oak notes. The mouthfeel is fresh and crisp with lively acidity, and the fruit is supported by light, supple tannin extraction. This has sweetness and energy, and the wine carries to a moderately lingering finish of blackcurrants, herbs and pepper. This is a fresh, bright, primary-fruited Shiraz/Cabernet blend with blackcurrant and herb notes on a refreshing palate with supple tannins. Match with Mediterranean fare over the next 3+ years. A blend of 65% Shiraz and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon from Langhorne Creek, Currency Creek and Fleurieu Peninsula fermented to 14.5% alc., with selected parcels aged in seasoned French and American oak. 17.0+/20 Aug 2017 RRP $19.99

Trapiche ‘Pure’ Valle de Uco Mendoza Malbec 2016

Malbec from Argentina

Dark, deep ruby-red colour with black hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is softly full with aromas of ripe blackberry fruit along with notes of boysenberries, black plums, spices, and hints of liquorice and cedar. The aromatics are smooth and harmonious in presentation. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich core of ripe blackberry fruit along with boysenberries, plums, spice notes and liquorice elements. The flavours are gently mouthfilling and supported by light tannin extraction and grip, with soft, balanced acidity. The wine carries smoothly to a finish of blackberries, plums and spices. This is a rich, up-front Malbec with blackberry and boysenberry fruit, plums and spices on a light-structured, smooth palate. Serve with lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 3+ years. 100% Malbec from the Uco Valley, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 8 months on lees in concrete vats. 17.5-/20 Aug 2017 RRP $22.99

Trapiche ‘Pure’ ‘Black’ ‘Limited Edition’ Malbec 2015

Malbec from Argentina

Full, deep, near impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is rich and softly full with rounded, but concentrated aromas of ripe blackberry fruit along with a detailed amalgam of dark herbs, spicy plums, blue fruits and a little earthiness. Medium-full bodied, the palate has well concentrated, rich flavours of blackberries, spicy black plums and blue fruits, along with nuances of herbs and earth. The fruit has good extract and presence, with light, grainy tannin grip, and fresh lacy acidity providing good energy and liveliness, enhancing the fruit richness. The flavours carry to an elegant, lingering finish of plums and spices. This is a rich an harmoniously concentrated Malbec with blackberry and black plum fruit, spice notes, and blue fruit elements on a light-structured palate. Match with game meat and casseroles over the next 4 years. 100% Malbec, from the Uco Valley, Mendoza, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 8 months on lees in concrete vats, and bottled without oak contact. 18.0-/20 Aug 2017 RRP $22.99

Chapoutier ‘Belleruche’ Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2016

Rose from France – Rhone

Bright, light strawberry pink with slight peach hues and some depth, pale edged with purple tints. The nose is firm in presence with delicate aromas of stonefruits along with notes of quince and an amalgam of fresh herbs, red florals and thirst-quenching minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate possesses delicate fruit flavours of red berry fruits, quince and red florals, along with subtle mouthwatering mineral elements. The wine flows with good freshness and acid energy along a fine phenolic-threaded line. The wine carries to a moderately lingering, crisp, dry, nuanced finish of red florals and minerals. This is a crisp, dry Cotes du Rhone rosé with delicate fruit flavours and thirst-quenching minerality, light textures and a dry finish. Serve as n aperitif, with canapes, antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. A blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, cool-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 3-6 months in stainless-steel vats. 17.5/20 Aug 2017 RRP $25.99
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