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Two Rivers 2017 ‘Isle of Beauty’ Rosé and 2016 ‘Clos des Pierres’ Chardonnay

18 October,2017
The ‘Two Rivers’ Marlborough label of Dave Clouston is rapidly becoming one of the stars of the region. Dave is Marlborough born and bred, so is intimate with the performance of different varieties in sites around the sub-regions. His own ‘Brookby Hill vineyard acquired in December 2015 is a prominent source of his highest quality fruit, the vines planted in 2000. Dave has vintage experience overseas, and his time in Corsica has inspired his rosé style. He has now renamed it ‘Isle of Beauty’ to help those with difficulty working out the French translation of L’Ille de Beauté as it was formerly called. No doubt the ‘Clos de Pierres’ Chardonnay, named after the ‘place of stones’ was also French inspired. These two wines are features of the Two Rivers range, and I review the new releases, the 2017 Rosé and 2016 Chardonnay. www.tworivers.co,nz


Two Rivers ‘Isle of Beauty’ Marlborough Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, very pale salmon-pink colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is delicate with ethereal aromas of watermelon, quince, strawberries and pomegranate with red floral nuances, and hints of thirst-quenching minerals. The aromatics are pure, subtle and intricate, with finesse and intensity. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is bright and refreshingly vibrant with delicate and finely intense flavours of watermelon, strawberries and quince. This has very good depth and the mouthfeel has vitality and energy, with refreshing, lacy and slippery acidity. The wine flows smoothly along a very fine line leading to a long, lingering zesty finish with watermelon and red floral notes. This is a refreshing, delicately fruited dry rosé with watermelon, strawberry and quince flavours on a slippery, mouthwatering palate. It is a nod to the Provencal style. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes, seafood and antipasto over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Saint Maur’ vineyard in the Southern Valley, vines 14 y.o., cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 2.4 g/L RS, the wine spending 3 months on lees. 2,200 cases made. 18.5+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $24.00

Two Rivers ‘Clos des Pierres’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues, paler on the edge. The nose is full and gently voluminous with softly packed and complex layered aromas of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits, with mealy notes and creamy barrel-ferment elements, along with nutty oak. The nose unfolds lemon-curd MLF and toasty elements with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and well-concentrated, with densely packed flavours of ripe citrus and stonefruits, melded with creamy barrel-ferment, nutty oak and layers of lemon-curd and butterscotch MLF. The flavours are mouthfilling and balanced by crisp, lacy acidity, showing power and drive, carrying the fulsome flavours to a long and sustained finish of stonefruits, cream and nutty nuances. This is a rich, densely packed, mouthfilling Chardonnay with citrus fruit, creamy and toasty oak, and lemon-curd MLF on a powerfully driven palate. Match with creamy sauced seafood, and roasted poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. A blend of Mendoza fruit from ‘The Spring’ vineyard in the Wairau Valley, vines 26 y.o. and clones 95 and 15 from the ‘Brookby Hill’ vineyard in the Southern Valleys, hand-picked, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 25% new French oak, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. 1,100 cases made. 18.5+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $36.00
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