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Clearview Estate 2016 ‘Old Olive Block’, Enigma’ and ‘The Basket Press’
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Vicarage Lane Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016
Paddy Borthwick 2017 Riesling and Chardonnay, and 2016 Left Hand and Right Hand Pinot Noirs
Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
Villa Maria ‘Ngakirikiri’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Paxton ‘NOW’ Shiraz 2017 and Hogshead Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Kuru Kuru and Tarras Vineyards Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Red Queen Marlborough Pinot Nor Rosé 2017
Waipara Valley Wines Blanc de Blanc, 2016 Sauvignon, and 2016 Pinot Noir
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Aix Rosé, A Torres Selection and Lustau Vermut from EuroVintage
Mills Reef 2017 ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris and Chardonnay
Nevis Bluff ‘Duke of Cromwell’ Pinot Blanc 2017, and 2017 Rosé, 2014 Pinot Gris and 2013 Pinot Noir
Smith and Sheth ‘CRU’ Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Syrah Releases
Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Gris 2017
Karikari Estates 2014 ‘Calypso’ and 2015 Chardonnays, 2016 Viognier and 2015 Syrah and Pinotage
Auntsfield 2016 ‘Single Vineyard’ Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
The Crossings ‘Wild’ Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Pisa Range Estate‘ Black Poplar’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
Z Wine ‘Rustica’ ‘Reserve’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Grava Wines 2016 Martinborough Sauvignon, Rosé, Riesling and Pinot Noir
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Urban Waipara Pinot Noir 2016

11 July,2017
The Urban Wine and Cider Limited is a Christchurch-based group of very good friends who decided to have a play in their shared wine passion as many of them moved towards retirement. They had acquired some equipment a couple of years ago, and with the input of one of the group who is a winemaker with many vintages in New Zealand and overseas, embarked on a new venture in life. They’ve chosen the virtual winery model of purchasing fruit and making the wine, their first in a Christchurch garage. Pinot Noir is their variety of choice as it is the variety that fits in with the perception of being exciting, innovative and fresh, with the brand name ‘Urban’. Here, I review the first wine, yet to be released. For availability enquiries, contact Graeme McGlinn on Cell: 021 746-243 or Email:


Urban Waipara Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

Moderately deep garnet-red colour, lighter on the rim. This has a softly full nose with sweetly-ripe red berry fruits with lifted red floral notes and some strawberry jam suggestions, unfolding a little nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has up-front, sweet red berry fruit flavours along with lifted florals and strawberry jam notes, the wine building in depth. The fruit is supported by light, grainy tannin extraction and the mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh acidity, The palate carries the flavours to a sustained, sweet-fruited finish with some firmness. This is an up-front Pinot Noir with sweet berry fruit and jam-like flavours, along with a little grip on a fresh mouthfeel. Match with pasta, pizza and antipasto over the next 2 years. Fruit from a sustainable grower in the Waipara Valley, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.2% alc., the wine aged approx. 8 months in stainless-steel and oak, with 25% of the oak new. 1,667 bottles made. 16.0/20 Jul 2017 RRP $TBA
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