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Pond Paddock 2017 Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé

27 October,2017
Daniele Alemagna resurrected the well-respected ‘Pond Paddock’ label when in 2013, he purchased the remaining 1.4 ha of the original Pond Paddock vineyard and house in Te Muna Road, Martinborough as part of his return to his winegrowing roots as when he was raised in Switzerland. He has 30 rows of Pinot Noir and has planted a further 0.8 ha of Chardonnay in clones 95 and 548. Daniele has produced strong Pinot Noir wines in 2014 and 2015, with Paul Mason as his contract winemaker. Daniele now has Simone Amorese as his winemaker, Simone from Italy, but resident in Martinborough for several vintages. Simone is based at Colombo Winegrowers, and also tends to the Te Muna viticulture. Late last year he released a 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé to increase his portfolio, named ‘Zarathustra’ and ‘Zoée’ respectively, after his son and daughter. Here, I review the soon-to-be released 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé. Both wines show a more slender style, showing the vintage, and attractive saline-mineral notes. www.pondpaddock.nz

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Pond Paddock ‘Zarathustra’ Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17+/20
Very pale straw colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is elegantly presented with a tight, refreshing core of passionfruit, gooseberries, fresh herbs with subtle nettle notes and suggestions of seaside and minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a tightly bound heart with taut, aromatic flavours of passionfruit, gooseberries, white florals, nettles and cut-grass. The palate is crisp and mouthwatering with brisk, racy acidity, and the wine flows along a fine-textured phenolic line. This has good energy, and carries to a lingering, slender, refreshing finish. This is a taut and tightly bound, elegant Sauvignon Blanc with crisp, refreshing, aromatic flavours of passionfruit, gooseberries and nettles. Serve as an aperitif, with seafood, and salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. Martinborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. 17.0+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $22.00

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Pond Paddock ‘Zoée’ Martinborough Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17.5-/20
Very pale salmon-pink colour with a little depth and slight purple tints, pale on the rim. The nose is elegant with delicate aromas of strawberries, white stonefruits, herbs and hints of red florals, along with mouthwatering saline and mineral nuances. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has subtle fruit flavours of strawberries and cream with white stonefruits and red florals. The fruit ha a subtle sweetness which is balanced by crisp, zesty, thirst-quenching acidity, with very fine textures guiding the wine to a light floral and red berry nuanced finish. This is a delicate dry rosé with subtle strawberry and cream flavours, white stonefruit and floral nuances on a crisp, mouthwatering palate. Serve as an aperitif and with canapes over the next two years. 100% Pinot Noir from the home block in Te Muna Road, fruit direct to press and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and approx. 3 g/L RS. 17.5-/20 Oct 2017 RRP $24.00

Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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