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Lone Goat Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Noir Releases

01 February,2018

The Lone Goat Vineyard was the original Giesen Canterbury vineyard on Burnham Road established over 30 years ago. It was acquired in 2007 by Matt King and Marion Seyb who named it and their wines after Ella, the original goat on the site. The vineyard is planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling with a little Muller-Thurgau, Ehrenfelser and Pinot Gris, most of the vines of which are ungrafted. Matt, who has over 20 years of wine industry experience, including winemaking with Giesen, makes the wine on site. Around 50 tonnes of fruit are processed to make around 5,500 cases annually. The home vineyard fruit is supplemented by grapes from Marlborough and other Canterbury sites. Here, I review a selection of new releases, bearing stylish new labelling and livery. www.lonegoat.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Lone Goat Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

16+/20

Bright, pale straw colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is moderately concentrated with softly packed aromas of green capsicums and cool-spectrum nettle, fresh herb and cut-grass notes and herbaceous stalky elements, unfolding white floral nuances. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has light flavours of gooseberries, cut grass, nettles and fresh herbs, along with white florals. The flavours are up-front and form a rounded core, and are enlivened by savoury acidity. The wine flows along a light textured line carrying to a slender finish. This is a soft, moderately concentrated, up-front cool-spectrum Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, herb and stalky flavours and crisp, savoury acidity leading to a light finish. Match with salads and vegetables, and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Wairau Valley fruit fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 5 g/L RS, the wine given extended lees contact. 16.0+/20 Feb 2018 RRP $16.95

Lone Goat Canterbury Pinot Gris 2015

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

16.5/20

Brilliant straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on the rim. The nose is taut and tightly bound with elegant aromas of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with yellow florals and a subtle mineral edge. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion with a tight, lightly concentrated heart of white and yellow stonefruits, delicate notes of florals and mineral elements., unfolding some secondary nutty nuances showing development. The palate is smooth flowing with integrated acidity, and gentle drive and linearity. The wine carries to a light, honied finish. This is a light, subtly textured dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral and mineral notes. Serve with antipasto and with poultry or pork dishes over the next 2+ years. Fruit from the ‘Home’ vineyard, vines planted in 2010, fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 3 g/L RS, the wine given extended lees contact. 16.5/20 Feb 2018 RRP $22.50

Lone Goat ‘Winemaker Series’ Canterbury Riesling 2012

Riesling from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

17.5-/20

Bright golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the edge. This has a gently full bouquet with integrated aromas of lime fruit entwined with florals and honey, along with soft notes of toast and complexing nuances of nuts and kero, unfolding cream-custard elements. This is mature in expression. Medium-sweet to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a rich a softly concentrated heart of limes, exotic florals, honey, toast and cream-custard. Subtle kerosene elements add developed detail. The mouthfeel is subtly unctuous, and is balanced by fine acidity. The wine flows with good linearity to a long, honied, toasty finish. This is a rich and softly concentrated medium-sweet Riesling with lime and honied flavours and developed toast, custard and kerosene elements. Serve as an aperitif or with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Home’ vineyard, vines over 30 y.o., fermented to 11.0% alc. 40 g/L RS and TA 12.38, and pH 2.83, the wine aged 9 months on lees. 17.5-/20 Feb 2018 RRP $22.50

Lone Goat Canterbury Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

16+/20

Ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is light with softly concentrated aromas of red cherry and berry fruit along with subtle notes of dark herbs and some nutty oak with slight complexing resinous hints. This is elegant in proportion. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in presentation with light red berry fruit flavours entwined with fresh herbs and a little nutty oak. The fruit is enlivened by balancing acidity and underlined by light, grainy tannin extraction. The mouthfeel shows texture and grip, the extraction carrying the wine to a light finish with receding flavours. This is a light, elegant Pinot Noir with red berry fruit and herb notes, nutty oak and a palate carried by extraction. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 3 years. Clones 10/5, 5 and 115 from the ‘Home’ vineyard, vines planted 1981, fully destemmed and fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 35% new oak. 16.0+/20 Feb 2018 RRP $24.95

Lone Goat ‘Winemaker Series’ ‘Block 9’ Canterbury Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

17+/20

Even ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rim with slight purple tints. The nose is elegantly concentrated with fine depth of dark red berry fruits melded with dark herbs, hints of dark plums, liquorice, unveiling red floral nuances. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly presented with a fine, taut core of dark-red berry fruits and dark herbs. The flavours show positively on the front palate with freshness and vibrancy. A little nutty oak and resinous elements with liquorice notes emerge as the wine flows. The mouthfeel is balanced by fresh acidity and light, grainy tannin extraction. The wine carries to a lingering finish. This is an elegantly concentrated, taut, dark-red berry fruited Pinot Noir with herb, liquorice and nutty elements on a fine-textured palate. Match with lamb and beef over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 5, 114, 115, 667 and 777, from ‘Block 9’, vines planted in 1996, fully destemmed and one-third indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 57% new French oak barriques. 100 dozen made. 17.0+/20 Feb 2018 RRP $28.00

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