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Te Aro Wine ‘Tastes Like’ 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Syrah

20 November,2018

Te Aro Wines may be Wellington’s first urban winery. It is the venture of Jules van Costello, arguably best known as proprietor of Cult Wines, and his business partner Robin Groves. The aim is to make ‘fun wine’, not ‘fine wine’, this making wine accessible and approachable. Here, I review two wines under the ‘Tastes Like’ brand, a 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and a 2017 Hawke’s Bay Syrah. The labels picture what the wine could taste like to the drinker. www.tearowine.co.nz


Tastes Like Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Bright straw-yellow colour with slight lemon-green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant in presentation with aromas of fresh and savoury gooseberry fruit, with green capsicums, herbs and a suggestion of green beans. The aromatics are still fresh with nuances of minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has gently rich and luscious flavours of gooseberry fruit with notes of tropical fruits, herbs and a touch of green bean. The fruit forms a good core and has palate presence, flowing along a fine-textured line with balanced acidity, leading to a lingering finish. This is an elegant, gently rich and sweet-fruited Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry and tropical fruit flavours and hints of green beans on a fine palate line. Match with Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Martinborough fruit fermented in tank to 13.0% alc. 17.0-/20 Nov 2018 RRP $20.00

Tastes Like Syrah Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2017

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with slight purple tints, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fine in concentration with good intensity and depth of blackberry fruit entwined with white pepper unfolding notes of dark raspberries, a little liquorice and black pepper nuances, and violet floral elements. Light-medium bodied, the palate has a fine and taut core of blackberry fruit melded with white pepper, dark raspberries, violet and red florals and a little spice. The fruit is supported by fine-grainy tannin extract lending weight and grip, and the acidity is soft and integrated. The wines carries to an elegant, moderately lingering finish. This is a taut Syrah with some intensity, with blackberry and cooler spectrum white pepper and floral notes on a fine, grainy palate with soft acidity. Match with pasta, pizza and barbecued fare over the next 3 years. Syrah fruit, two thirds from Bridge Pa and one-third from Gimblett, fermented with 50 % whole bunches to 12.0% alc. the wine aged in one-third new oak. 17.0+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $30.00

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