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Mt Beautiful 2017 Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc, and 2016 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

13 April,2018

David and Leigh Teece created a new vignoble in New Zealand when they planted vines near Cheviot in North Canterbury in 2004. There are now over 70 ha of vines, with over half devoted to Sauvignon Blanc and around 30% to Pinot Noir, with smaller plantings of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling. Exports, particularly to the United States, where the Teeces reside, accounts for a significant amount of the production, though the domestic market is important. The vineyard is tended by Fin Grieve, and the wines made on-site since 2015, by founding winemaker Sam Weaver, supported by Ben Weaver. Here, I review the new release 2017 Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc, and 2016 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. www.mtbeautiful.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Mt Beautiful North Canterbury Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

16.5+/20

Moderately deep strawberry-pink colour with slight peach hues and purple tints on the rim. The nose is softly fresh with good depth and volume of strawberries and cream aromas along with lifted red florals and subtle notes of confectionary. This is gently mouthwatering. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has sweet and luscious flavours of strawberries and cream intermingling with red florals and confectionary elements. The mouthfeel is slippery with crisp, underlying acidity, and the wine flows along a fine, phenolic-textured line, leading to a lingering finish of strawberry confectionary. This is a gently luscious-fruited dry rosé with flavours of strawberries and cream, florals and confectionary on a fresh-flowing palate. Serve as an aperitif, with canapés and Asian fare over the next 2 years. A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Gris. The Pinot Noir given 24 hours maceration and fermented in tank and barrel. The Pinot Gris fermented in stainless-steel. 12% of the total blend was barrel-fermented. 13.0% alc. and 1 g/L RS. 778 cases made. 16.5+/20 Apr 2018 RRP $24.00

Mt Beautiful North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

17/20

Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is tightly bound and restrained in expression, quite slender and elegant, with a light core of gooseberry and green stonefruits, along with savoury herbs, unveiling notes of cut-grass, nettles and a little passionfruit. Medium-bodied, the palate has elegantly concentrated flavours of green stonefruits, gooseberries, nettles and cut grass with savoury herbs. The mouthfeel is fresh and zesty from crisp acidity, and the wine flows along a fine-textured phenolic line that carries to a dry, finely-flavoured finish of nettles and herbs. This is an elegant Sauvignon Blanc with flavours of green stonefruits, nettles and cut-grass with savoury herbs on a zesty, light-textured palate. Match with salads and vegetables, and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Fruit fermented in stainless-steel with 2.5% in barrel to 13.0% alc. and 2 g/L RS, the wine aged 8 months on lees. 9,900 cases made. 17.0/20 Apr 2018 RRP $24.00

Mt Beautiful North Canterbury Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

17.5/20

Bright straw-yellow colour with light lemon-green hues, paler edged. The nose is soft and harmonious with gently entwined aromas of fresh white and yellow stonefruits and subtle barrel-ferment and nutty oak elements, and hints of minerals. This is refreshing and mouthwatering in expression. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fine in proportion with bright, lively and vigorous flavours of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit, entwined with subtle creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak detail. The palate has a rounded core with moderate firmness, and the wine flows along a soft-textured line with refreshing acidity lending tension and energy. The flavours carry to a lingering finish of stonefruits and nutty oak. This is an elegant, lively and vibrant Chardonnay with stonefruit, citrus and nutty oak flavours with a fine core and fresh mouthfeel. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4 years. Hand-picked fruit, WBP and fermented in 300 L hogsheads, a portion new, with tank-fermentation , to 13.5% alc., the barrel portion undergoing partial MLF and all of the wine aged 10 months on lees. 1,300 cases made. 17.5/20 Apr 2018 RRP $29.00

Mt Beautiful North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18-/20

Dark ruby-red colour with some black hues and a good heart, a little lighter on the rim with purple tints. The nose is soft with gently voluminous aromas of dark-red cherry and berry fruit interwoven with nuances of black herbs and black-red florals. The aromatics build to form a finely concentrated core. Medium-full bodied, the palate has bright and vibrant fruit flavours of dark-red cherry and black berried fruits, along with light notes of dark herbs, red florals and hints of raspberry liqueur. The mouthfeel is supple with light tannin extraction supporting the fruit, and balanced acid freshness. The fruit sweetness carries the wine with good energy to a nuanced finish of dark-red fruits. This is a bright and vibrant Pinot Noir with dark-red cherry and black berried flavours along with subtle floral, herb and raspberry elements on a supple palate. Match with poultry, pork, beef and lamb over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit, predominantly clones 667 and 777, fully-destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% new French oak barrels. 2,200 cases made. 18.0-/20 Apr 2018 RRP $33.00

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