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Untitled ‘White’, ‘Pink’ and ‘Red’ Blends

02 February,2019

Untitled Wines is the personal wine brand of Lee Winston, winemaker at Pleasant Valley Wines in Henderson. Lee has approached his winemaking by creating white, pink and red blends of a ‘montage’ of varieties, not being afraid of blending vintages and regions. This is mainly due to not having his own vineyard and fruit. However the situation is that he has the opportunity of making wines in any style that he wishes. The branding is funky, and the wines are already listed with highly respected retailers. By clicking on the lot code on the back label, one can find out further detail on each blend. Here are my reviews of the wines. www.untitled.nz

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Untitled White Blend

Blended White from New Zealand - Other

16.5/20

Bright, light straw-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the edge. This has a fresh aromatic nose with good depth of green and white stone fruits along with waxy citrus elements. This has a freshness, cleanliness and firmness providing a tight core of intensity unfolding mineral elements which add firmness. Dryish to taste and medium bodied the palate has rich flavours of white stone fruits with a little nuttiness entwined with white florals and honeysuckle. The fruit richness is balanced by light fine textures and fresh acidity and the wine carries to a lingering finish. This is a fresh firm concentrated dry white with stonefruit and delicate nutty notes on a light textured palate with fresh acidity. Match with most white meats over the next 2 years. This is 42% Pinot Gris, 26% Sauvignon Blanc, 16% Albarino, 10% Chardonnay, 5% Gewurztraminer and 1% Viognier, fruit from 54% Marlborough, 34% Auckland, 8% Northland and 4% Gisborne, of which 81% is 2018, 15% 2017 and 4% 2016. Lot L18.06.04 16.5/20 Feb 2019 RRP $24.99

Untitled Pink Blend

Other White from Australia - Other

16.5/20

Pale straw pink colour with a little depth paler on the rim. The nose is light and fresh with subtle pink florals, nuances of nuts and some mineral elements. Off dry to taste, the palate has good presence and flavours of strawberries and light notes of cherries. Bright red floral elements unfold in the glass, and the fruit provides some good textures with a light phenolic line as the wine carries with positive fruitiness. This is a fresh upfront and moderately rich rosé with strawberries and some grainy textures. This is 55% Syrah/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Chambourcin, 30% Pinot Gris, 10% Albarino and 5% Sauvignon Blanc, fruit 100% 2018 vintage, from 60% Auckland, 35% Marlborough and 5% Northland. Lot L18.07.03 16.5-/20 Feb 2019 RRP $19.99

Untitled Red Bend

Blended Red from New Zealand - Other

17/20

Dark ruby red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The palate has gently sweet and rich fruit aromas of raspberries and blackberries along with spicy fruit elements unfolding a hint of game. The fruit is rounded at the core. Medium bodied, the palate is rich and juicy with mouth filling flavours of blackberries with hints of raspberries and spices, subtle dark herbs emerge in the glass. The fruit has good depth and intensity and is supported by light grainy tannin extraction. The acidity lends the palate freshness, vitality and the wine carries to a rich savoury fruited finish. This red blend features Syrah and Pinot Noir with spicy interest and good structure. Match with wild duck and port over the next 3 years. This is a blend of 30% Pinot Noir, 30% Syrah, 27% Carmenere/Cabernet Franc/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot, 3% Pinotage, 3$ Chambourcin and 7% Albarino/Viognier/Pinot Gris, the wine 80% 2017, 13% 2018, 6% 2015, and 1% 2014, the fruit 49% Waiheke Island, 24% Central Otago, 20% Auckland, 6% Marlborough, and 1% Northland. Lot L17.13.05 17/20 Feb 2019 RRP $29.99

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