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Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay and Smoking Loon Zinfandel 2015

27 April,2017
Jonty Hamer and Misha Taylor of the Procure Liquor distribution company have been very adventurous in importing a broad range of Californian wines into New Zealand. Notoriously expensive, or often under-delivering when compared to our own wines, Jonty and Misha have had to take great care in their selections. They have sought out as good as quality as can be found at accessible prices, but the process requires knowing their target market and trusting their palate and judgements. To date, the Californian wines from the Procure portfolio have impressed me for both quality and value, and very importantly offering the distinctive, unique style of their origins. Here, I review two new vintages of wines that have proven to be successful in the marketplace, the 2015 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay and 2015 Smoking Loon Old Vine Zinfandel. www.procureliquor.co.nz www.kj.com www.smokingloom.com


Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ California Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from USA

Bright, even, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full, solid and rounded with very good depth of ripe yellow stonefruits, citrus fruits and tropical fruits, along with a layering of savoury nutty oak and creamy barrel-ferment notes providing complexity, unfolding buttery elements. Full-bodied, the palate has rich, sweetly ripe flavours of melons, peaches and tropical fruits harmoniously complexed by creamy barrel-ferment, butty oak and buttery elements. The mouthfeel is fulsome and opulently rich, the fruit sweetness balanced by fine, crisp acidity. The wine flows smoothly to a plush, lingering finish with subtle, dry textures. This is a plush, rich and sweetly-fruited traditionally-styled Chardonnay with ripe tropical fruit flavours harmoniously melded with creamy and nutty oak and buttery flavours. Match with roast pork over the next 4 years. 100% Chardonnay, 56% from Monterey, 27% Santa Barabara, 15% Mendocino and 2% Sonoma Counties, WBP, fully barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 7 months in 45% French and 55% American oak with batonnage. 18.5+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $35.00

Smoking Loon California Old Vine Zinfandel 2015

Zinfandel from USA

Dark, deep, black and purple-hued ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is fresh and bright with vibrantly ripe fruit aromas of boysenberries and blueberries, along with notes of jam and dark herbs, and subtle earthy elements. This is elegantly proportioned, showing good depth and intensity. Medium-full bodied, the palate possesses up-front, rich and sweetly ripe fruit flavours of blackberries, boysenberries and blueberries, along with rich notes of jam, along with spices, herbs and nuances of liquorice, The fruit is supported by fine, grainy tannin structure, and the wine has balancing alcohol power and integrated acidity. The wine carries to a sustained, nuanced finish of black and blur fruits, jam and spices. This is a plush, juicy and ripe Zinfandel with blackberry, boysenberry and blueberry fruit with jam and herb notes on a fine, grainy structured palate. Match with barbecued fare, Middle Eastern cuisine and game meat dishes over the next 3-4 years. A blend of 93% Zinfandel, 4% Merlot and 3% Petite Sirah from California, fermented to 14.0% alc., and given French oak contact. 18.0-/20 Apr 2017 RRP $25.00
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