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Harwood Hall 2018 Sauvignon, 2017 Pinot Gris and Rose, 2016 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah

20 November,2018

Harwood Hall is the wine brand of two of this country’s very experienced winemakers and their families. Digger Hennessy, arguably best-known as the winemaker and Mount Riley, and Corey Hall as winemaker at Matua Valley crossed paths early-on, and in 2008 established Harwood Hall as a viticultural and winemaking consultancy, and to make their own modern, accessible varietal wines, primarily from Marlborough fruit. The Hennessy family are based in Marlborough, and the Hall family are in Auckland. The name ‘Harwood’ is used to avoid and conflict with a certain Cognac house! Here, I review a selection of the latest releases. www.harwoodhall.co.nz

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Harwood Hall Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

18/20

Bright straw-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and full with good volume of pungent passionfruit aromas interwoven with tropical fruit notes and fresh herbs. The aromatics have good depth and density while retaining stylishness. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a fine and firmly concentrated core of passionfruit, tropical fruits and fresh herbs. The fruit flows along a fine-textured phenolic line with crisp acidity providing energy and enlivening the mouthfeel. The flavours carry through to a long, lingering, finely concentrated finish. This is a fine and firmly concentrated, passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc flowing on a light-textured line with bright acidity. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.8% alc. and 2.0 g/L RS. 18.0/20 Nov 2018 RRP $18.99

Harwood Hall Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

16+/20

Full, even straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, a little paler on the edge. The nose is tight and finely concentrated with taut aromas of white and yellow stonefruits along with whiteflorals with suggestions of stonefruit kernels and minerals that emerge with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is shy in expression with a slender core of white and yellow stonefruits along with white florals and nuances of minerals. The fruit is light and delicate and flows along a subtly-textured line with integrated acidity, carrying to a light finish. This is a light and delicately fruited dry Pinot Gris with a fine line and light finish. Serve as an aperitif and with light white meat dishes over the next 2 years. Fruit from the company’s Rarangi vineyard, fermented in tank to 13.0% alc. and 5.0 g/L RS, the wine aged for a short period on lees with batonnage. 16.0+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $18.99

Harwood Hall Marlborough Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5/20

Bright candy-floss pink colour with some depth, and pale purple hues on the rim. The nose is fresh and bright with fragrant aromas of strawberries entwined with an array of red florals, and a subtle amalgam of fresh herbs, lifted confectionary, hints of nuts and minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has mouthwatering flavours of strawberries, watermelon and a little quince, along with red florals and hints of herbs and lifted confectionary. The fruit forms a positive core with a little textural grip and the wine carries along the thirst-quenching phenolic line leading to a dry, nuanced finish. This is a mouthwatering, dry rosé with strawberry, watermelon and quince flavours on a light, dry-textured palate with fresh acidity. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. 100% Pinot Noir from a single vineyard in Rarangi, bled off the crushed must and fermented in stainless-steel to 11.9% alc. and 4.5 g/L RS, with 12% aged in French oak barriques. 17.5/20 Nov 2018 RRP $18.99

Harwood Hall Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17.5/20

Bright, even straw-yellow colour with light golden tints and some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is firm and tightly concentrated with deep and intense aromas of savoury yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit melded with nutty lees and oak notes, and a suggestion of creamy barrel-ferment. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and elegantly concentrated flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits and savoury citrus fruit, along with complexing creamy barrel-ferment and nutty lees and oak elements. The fruit forms a positive heart and flows along a light-textured phenolic line with balanced acid freshness, leading to a light finish. This is an elegant and complex detailed Chardonnay with stonefruit and citrus fruit along with nutty lees and oak on a light, textural palate. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 3-4 years. Hawke’s Bay fruit from a single vineyard, fruit fully barrel-fermented to 13.4% alc., the wine aged 10 months on lees in 40% new French oak with partial MLF. 17.5/20 Nov 2018 RRP $24.99

Harwood Hall Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5/20

Even ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant and a little slender in presentation with an aromatic amalgam of red cherry fruit with fresh and dark herb notes forming a gentle core, unfolding subtle red florals and a hint of spice. Medium-full bodied, the palate has restrained flavours of red cherry and berry fruit with subtle notes of herbs. The fruit expression is a little shy, but the mouthfeel has presence. The fruit is supported by light tannin extraction with some fresh acidity enlivening the mouthfeel. The wine carries to a light finish. This is a restrained Pinot Noir with red cherry fruit and moderate mouthfeel and presence and fresh acidity. Serve with tuna, salmon and with tapas over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the company’s Rarangi vineyard, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.9% alc. the wine aged 10 months in new and seasoned French oak barriques. 16.5/20 Nov 2018 RRP $24.99

Harwood Hall Marlborough Syrah 2016

Syrah from New Zealand – Marlborough

17+/20

Even, dark ruby-red colour with purple hues, youthful in appearance. The nose is firmly packed and taut with aromas of dark raspberries with a little blackberry hint, along with spice notes and a little minerally reduction integrated with the fruit. Violet florals emerge with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate has a good core with well-concentrated flavours of dark raspberries and blackberries, along with spices and black pepper. The fruit forms a positive heart with good linearity, and is supported by fine-grained tannins lending some structure, and balanced fresh acidity for energy. The wine carries to an elegant finish. This is an elegantly concentrated Syrah with a firm heart of blackberry and raspberry fruit with fine tannins and freshness. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from the company’s Rarangi vineyard, fermented to 13.2% alc., the wine aged 10 months in new and seasoned French oak barriques. 17.0+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $24.99

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