RECENT FEATURES




Ngatarawa ‘Stables Reserve’ 2016 Whites, Rosé and Reds
Three International Wines from Great Little Vineyards
Blind River and Lawson’s Dry Hills ‘Reserve’ 2016 Pinot Noirs
Grasshopper Rock Earnscleugh Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
Raimat Spanish Wines from Lawson’s Dry Hills
Neudorf ‘Rosie’s Block’ Chardonnay 2017
Lawson’s Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Misha’s Vineyard ‘The High Note’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
Quarter Acre Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017
Millton ‘Les Trois Enfants’ 2017
Maui Waipara Pinot Noir 2016
Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Escarpment Vineyard 2016 Martinborough, ‘Kiwa’, ‘Te Rehua’ and ‘Kupe’ Pinot Noirs
Mount Brown 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir
Decibel Wines 2017 Sauvignon, and 2016 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Malbec and ‘Testify’
Coco di Mama 2016 Terre Siciliane Grillo and Syrah
Mt Beautiful 2017 Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc, and 2016 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
McArthur Ridge Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
Dunleavy ‘The Strip’ Waiheke Island Cabernet/Merlot 2015
Wooing Tree 2017 ‘Beetle Juice’ and 2013 ‘Sandstorm Reserve’ Pinot Noirs
Terrace Edge 2017 North Canterbury Albarino and Pinot Gris
Anna’s Way Marlborough 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris
Obsidian 2016 ‘Estate’ Syrah, ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay 2017, Viognier 2015, ‘Mayor’ 2016 and ‘Obsidian’ 2014
Mills Reef ‘Elspeth’ 2015 Chardonnay and 2016 Merlot
Jean Josselin ‘Cuvee des Jean’ NV and Blanc de Blancs 2013 Champagne
// View More Featured Reviews

Featured Reviews




Rockface Waipara Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016

30 March,2017
Rockface, Middle Terrace and Bishops Head are the brands made by Peter Saunders in the Waipara Valley under the Cook Vintners umbrella. Peter established his wine venture in 2006 after gaining winemaking experience making wine in New Zealand and overseas. The ‘Rockface’ wines are designed to offer varietal expression and accessibility. Here, I review the new 2016 Rockface Sauvignon Blanc. www.bishopshead.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Rockface Waipara Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

17+/20
Bright, light straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and clean with softly packed aromas of yellow and green stonefruits along with nuances of pungent tropical fruits and subtle gooseberry notes, unfolding suggestions of exotic floral elements. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is crisp and zesty with racy acidity enlivening the fruit flavours of yellow and green stonefruits, tropical fruits, herbs and gooseberries. Light, drying phenolic textures underline the fruit and guide the wine as it flows with good energy and drive to a crisp, tight, lingering finish of stonefruits and herbs. This is a brisk, racy and vigorous Sauvignon Blanc with the fruit flavours ranging from ripe tropical fruits to gooseberries and herbs on a tight, dry-textured line. Serve with seafood and herb-marinated poultry and pork dishes over the next 2+ years. Waipara Valley fruit fully tank-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged approx. 3 months on lees. 17.0+/20 Mar 2017 RRP $18.00
Copyright © 2011 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Website by DataFlex | Design by Skinny