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28 November,2018

The SOHO wines of Rachael Carter have the breadth and depth to satisfy the needs of a large part of the marketplace. The ‘White Collection’ wines offer fruit-focus and are aimed at grocery and retail. The ‘Generation Y Collection’ wines are exclusive to bars and restaurants, and the ‘Black Collection’ wines target restaurants, bars and fine wine retail. The new ‘Pink Sheep Collection’ are for restaurants, bars and fine wine retail and part of the proceeds are given back to the community. The flagship ‘Blue Blood Collection’ is based on the four best barrels of wine in exceptional vintages. Here, I review three 2018 rosé wines across tiers, and two ‘Black Collection’ wines from Marlborough. The Marlborough wines are generally made by Dave Clouston. www.sohowine.com

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SOHO ‘White Collection’ Marlborough Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

17/20

Bright, pale salmon-pink colour with suggestions of peach, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh with gentle, voluminous aromas of white stonefruits melded with red florals and mouthwatering minerals, unfolding subtle notes of strawberries and confectionary. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has an elegant, taut core with gently packed flavours of cherries and stonefruits, along with aromatic red florals, and an amalgam of strawberry confectionary and thirst-quenching minerals. The wine flows along a very fine-textured line with lacy acidity enlivening the mouthfeel, and the wine leads to a light, nuanced, dry finish. Serve as an aperitif and with canapés over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit with some Pinot Gris and a small amount of Riesling, predominantly from the Southern Valleys of the Wairau, fermented in tank to 13.0% alc. and 5 g/L RS, the wine spending 3 months on lees. 17.0/20 Nov 2018 RRP $22.00

SOHO ‘Pink Sheep’ Marlborough Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

18/20

Bright, even, strawberry-pink colour with slight peach hues and some depth, pale on the edge. The nose is elegantly concentrated with a firm and intense heart with good intensity and penetration of strawberry and watermelon fruit along with red floral nuances, and refreshing, steely mineral elements. Dry to taste, and medium-bodied, the palate has subtly rich and succulent flavours of strawberry fruit with some watermelon and delicate red floral notes, unfolding some confectionary elements. The fruit forms a rich and vibrant core, enlivened by crisp, lacy acidity, and the wine flows along a fine-textured line leading to an elegant, lingering finish. This is a gently rich and succulent-fruited dry rosé with vibrant strawberry, watermelon and confectionary flavours on a fine-textured, refreshing palate. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. 100% Pinot Noir from the Southern Valleys, Wairau fermented to 13.0% alc. and 3 g/L RS, the wine aged 4 months on lees. $6.00 per case sold donated to mental health charities. 18.0/20 Nov 2018 RRP $26.00

SOHO ‘’Westwood’ Waiheke Island Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland

18.5/20

Bright, very pale candy-floss pink with slight peach hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh with softly concentrated aromas of strawberries, with delicate notes of redcurrants and stonefruits, along with lifted red florals and mouthwatering minerals. This has delicacy with an attractive array of fragrant detail. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has aromatic flavours of strawberries and cream with hints of redcurrants and fragrant red florals, along with subtle thirst-quenching mineral elements. The fruit is rich and the palate has sweetness, but is balanced by crisp, lively acidity. The wine flows along a very fine-textured line, leading to a very long, nuanced finish with fragrant florals. This is a beautifully fine and aromatic dry rosé with flavours of strawberries and cream and mouthwatering minerals on a very fine-textured, refreshing palate. Match with dim sum and Asian fare over the next 2 years. Predominantly Merlot fruit with small portion of Malbec from the ’Jomara’ vineyard, Waiheke Island, cool-fermented fermented in tank to 12.5% alc. and 4.5 g/L RS. Winemaker: James Rowan. 18.5/20 Nov 2018 RRP $25.00

SOHO ‘Jagger’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

18+/20

Bright, pale straw colour with slight green hues, lighter edged. The nose is elegantly concentrated and well-packed with a rounded core of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with fragrant floral notes, revealing pears and a little honeysuckle. The aromatics blossom with aeration. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich, rounded and concentrated heart of white and yellow stonefruits melded with exotic florals, aromatic pear and honeysuckle notes and delicate lifted fermentation esters. The palate has richness and lusciousness, and flows along a fine-textured line with soft acidity. The wine carries smoothly to a long and sustained, refined finish. This is a rich and rounded, but vibrant dryish Pinot Gris with exotic stonefruit, floral and pear fruit with some honeysuckle on a fine-textured palate with soft acidity. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3-4 years. 100% Pinot Gris fruit predominantly from the Awatere Valley with some Southern Valleys fruit, fermented in tank to 13.5% alc. and 5 g/L RS, the wine spending 5 months on lees. 18.0+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $25.00

SOHO ‘Maren’ Marlborough Riesling 2017

Riesling from New Zealand – Marlborough

18.5-/20

Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is tightly bound with well-concentrated and deeply intense aromas of lime fruit harmoniously melded with notes of honey, toast and minerals, along with white florals. The nose is beginning to show complexing secondary development detail. Medium-dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has softly concentrated and gently layered flavours of lime fruit with honeysuckle, white floral and toasty nuances, revealing mineral elements, and some secondary complexities. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth in flow with seamless textures and fine acidity. The wine flows positively to a lingering finish with integrated flavours of limes, toast and minerals. This is a very smooth-flowing, gently concentrated medium-dry Riesling with integrated lime, honey, toast and mineral flavours and some secondary development on a seamless, refreshing palate. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian cuisine over the next 4 years. Fruit from the ‘Wiffen’ vineyard in the Southern Valleys cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 13 g/L RS, and TA 8.7 g/L. Winemaker: James Rowan. 18.5-/20 Nov 2018 RRP $25.00

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