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Sisters Ridge North Canterbury 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Pinot Noir

20 November,2018

Sisters Ridge is a sibling label of Mt Beautiful owned by the Teece Family Vineyards based in Cheviot, North Canterbury. The range comprises a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Noir, representative of New Zealand’s leading and classic varieties. The wines are made from estate fruit in a more fruit-focussed and accessible style than the Mt Beautiful wines. Most of the production of the Sisters Ridge wines is exported to the U.S., but the wines are available in New Zealand. www.sistersridge.com

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Sisters Ridge North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

17+/20

Bright straw-yellow colour with hints of lemon-gold hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and gently full with moderately deep aromas of tropical fruit entwined with gooseberries and green capsicums, sweet fresh herbs along with a floral lift. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has gently rich and luscious flavours of tropical fruits, sweet gooseberries, notes of green capsicums and herbs. The flavours form a rounded core and the mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity. The wine flows along a light-textured phenolic line leading to a lingering finish. This is a sweetly rich and lush, tropical-fruited dry Sauvignon Blanc with a good core, light textures and a fresh mouthfeel. Match with salads and vegetables and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Clone UCD 1, MS clone, with BDX 316 and BDX 317, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and < 3 g/L RS. 10,550 cases made. 17.0+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $12.50

Sisters Ridge North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

17/20

Ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter edged with pale purple tints. The nose is tightly bound, a little shy in expression initially, with a fine core of dark-red cherry and berry fruit melded with dark herbs and spicy oak, along with complexing earthy detail. The aromatics build in intensity with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate has an elegantly concentrated core with gently packed flavours of dark-red berry fruit entwined with notes of spice, a little liquorice, dark herbs and subtle earthy elements. The fruit sweetness is balanced by light, supple tannin extraction and the acidity is integrated, providing background energy. The flavours recede a little on the finish. This is a gently packed Pinot Noir with dark red berry fruit flavours with some oak spice and subtle herb notes on a supple, light-textured palate. Match with tapas, poultry and pork over the next 3+ years. A blend of up to 13 clones, predominantly 667 and 777, hand-picked, destemmed to whole berries and fermented to 12.5% alc., he wine on skins two weeks post-ferment and aged 10 months in 15% French oak. 1,288 cases made. 17.0/20 Nov 2018 RRP $ 18.50

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