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Vynfields 2016 and 2015 Pinot Rosé, 2015 Pinot Noir and Mad Rooster

23 October,2018

There has been a refocus at Vynfields since Harry and Zinder Guo and their syndicate purchased the vineyard from John Bell and Kaye McAulay at the start of 2014. Exports to China have become the main aim of the business, and the Guos have needed to manage production levels to match their sales. This meant there was no wine made in 2017 and 2018, and the vineyard leased out to Alana Estate. The Guos have also pulled out the Riesling and Mad Rooster, this in 2016, due mainly to the effects of phylloxera, but also from the low demand for wines from these varieties with their customers. They are now Pinot Noir-only producers, which of course is what Martinborough is best-known for. Rosé wine and table wine Pinot Noir are now only made.

The Guos have now taken back the viticultural control of the vineyard with consultancy advice. The wines continue to be made by Marion Deimling at Schubert. Here, I review the 2016 and 2015 Pinot Noir Rosé wines, plus the 2015 Pinot Noir and Mad Rooster, this being the last of the label to be made. Also, there was no ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir made in 2015 www.vynfields.com

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Vynfields Martinborough Pinot Rosé 2016

Rose from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

16.5+/20

Bright, pale peach-pink colour with a little depth, very light on the rim. The nose is light with softly fresh aromas of quince and strawberry fruit along with subtle, savoury red floral elements, forming a fine, elegant core with mouthwatering mineral nuances. A little savoury-fruited bottle-development shows. Medium-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is light-flavoured with strawberry and quince fruit with savoury floral notes forming a moderately concentrated core with some richness. The fruit is underlined by a little alcoholic power. The textures are fine and the acidity is soft and balanced, carrying the wine to a light finish. This is a light-fruited medium-dry rosé with strawberry and quince with savoury development nuances forming a core with some richness and alcoholic power. Serve with antipasto, tapas, poultry and pork over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit given 3 hours skin contact and sent direct to press, fermented in tank to 14.0% alc. and 9.5 g/L RS. Certified BioGro organic. 16.5+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $29.00

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Vynfields Martinborough Pinot Rosé 2015

Rose from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17/20

Bright salmon-peach pink colour with some depth, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is gently full and voluminous with aromas of savoury red cherry, strawberry and quince fruit along with nuances of oranges. This has good depth and retains a degree of freshness, as well as showing some savoury secondary development notes. The nose unfolds red florals with aeration. Medium-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has sweetly rich and lively, vibrant fruit flavours of strawberries, cherries and quince, forming a palate with good heart and presence. The mouthfeel is slippery with fresh acidity, but is softening from bottle-development. Some underlying alcoholic power carries the wine to a light, nuanced finish. This is a rich and lively, vibrant fruited medium-dry rosé with developing strawberry, cherry and quince flavours on a palate with good presence, drive and slippery acidity. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 2 years, Pinot Noir fruit given 3 hours skin contact and sent direct to press, fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 9.5 g/L RS. Certified BioGro organic. 17.0/20 Oct 2018 RRP $29.00

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Vynfields Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17.5/20

Dark ruby-red colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly presented with lifted aromas of dark-red berry fruit along with an amalgam of red florals, fresh and dark herbs and some savoury earthy notes. The aromatics possess an ethereal nature with lift and fragrance. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a finely concentrated core of soft-red berry fruits with notes of red florals, a little savoury earth and herbal detail. The palate flows smoothly with fine-grained tannin extraction and structure, with balanced acidity, and carries with good energy and a little alcoholic drive to a long, savoury, aromatic finish. This is an elegantly proportioned, smooth flowing Pinot Noir with ethereal berry fruit flavours and some herb and earth notes on a supple, balanced palate with a little alcohol drive. Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. Made from clone 5 and 115 fruit fully destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 45% new French oak. Certified BioGro organic. 17.5/20 Oct 2018 RRP $45.00

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Vynfields ‘Mad Rooster’ Martinborough 2015

Other Red from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17.5/20

Dark ruby-red colour, lighter on the edge with slight purple hues. The nose is light and softly concentrated with aromas of dark-red and black berry fruits along with plum notes and confected jam ntes, entwined with savoury herb and earth elements, building in density with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has moderately rich and well-packed flavours of dark-red and black berry fruits, plums and jam, with herb and earthy detail. The palate has a soft density with light, grainy tannin structure providing good grip and mouthfeel. The wine has some presence and drive carrying to a long dark plum-fruited finish. This is a moderately packed and concentrated red with dark-red and black berried fruit with plum, jam, earth and herb notes on a palate with good mouthfeel and presence. Match with barbecued and roasted game meat dishes over the next 4 years. ‘Mad Red’ fruit fully destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in seasoned oak. Certified BioGro organic. 17.5/20 Oct 2018 RRP $36.00

Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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