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Two Rivers 2017 Brookby Hill Pinot Gris and Juliet Riesling

04 December,2017

Dave Clouston has rapidly grown his ‘Two Rivers’ and ‘Black Cottage’ Marlborough brands over the past few years, but the growth has taken a significant step up with the acquisition of a 9.3 ha block with 6.0 ha of established vines in the Omaka Valley in December 2015. The vineyard was close-planted in 2000 with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Syrah and Viognier. Named ‘Brookby Hill’, this is the base for Dave Clouston’s operation. The vineyard has become an important supply of high quality fruit, and the wines from it are beginning to show distinctive personalities as Dave becomes more intimate with the traits of the vineyard and the vines. Here, I review the 2017 releases of ‘Brookby Hill’ Pinot Gris and ‘Juliet’ Riesling, made from ‘Brookby Hill’ fruit. Dave describes the 2017 growing season as "incredibly challenging” but is very pleased with his wines, the Pinot Gris fruit "surprisingly our cleanest fruit out of the entire vintage”. www.tworivers.co.nz

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Two Rivers ‘Brookby Hill’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

18.5+/20

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, light on the rim. The nose is soft and refined with ethereal aromas of white and yellow stonefruits with harmoniously interwoven notes of exotic white florals and subtle notes of honeysuckle. This is elegantly fragrant and beautiful in expression. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has moderately deep fruit flavours of white and yellow stonefruits along with notes of florals and honeysuckle. The fruit forms a well-concentrated core and the wine flows along a fine phenolic-threaded line with balanced lacy acid energy. The wine carries with good drive and linearity to a lingering finish of exotic stonefruits, florals and honey. This is a refined dryish Pinot Gris with exotic flavours of stonefruits, honeysuckle and florals on a fine-textured palate with very good linearity. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Brookby Hill’ vineyard, vines 17 y.o., tank-fermented with 10% in barrel to 13.0% alc. 4.2 g/L RS the wine spending 4 months on lees. 700 cases made. 18.5+/20 Dec 2017 RRP $24.00

Two Rivers ‘Juliet’ Marlborough Riesling 2017

Riesling from New Zealand – Marlborough

18.5+/20

Bright pale straw-yellow colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is gently full and voluminous with aromas of limes and tangerine fruit, with exotic florals, honeysuckle and delicate aromas of musk. The aromatics are expressed with finesse and stylish intensity. Medium in sweetness and light-medium bodied, the palate has subtly rich and luscious flavours of citrus fruits, exotic florals, honeysuckle and musk. The flavours form a rounded but concentrated, tightly bound heart with fruit extract and fine phenolic textures. The mouthfeel has bright, refreshing acidity, and the wine carries to a sustained, soft-textured finish od exotic citrus and floral fruit with delicate musk notes. This is a gently rich, taut and concentrated, fine-textured medium Riesling with citrus, floral, honeysuckle and musk flavours on a refreshing palate. Serve as an aperitif, and with Thai, Vietnamese or Japanese cuisine over the next 4-5+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Brookby Hill’ vineyard, vines 70 y.o., WBP and cool-fermented to 11.0 % alc. and 20 g/L RS, TA 7.4 g/L and pH 2.97, the wine aged 4 months on fine lees. 550 cases made. 18.5+/20 Dec 2017 RRP $24.00

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