RECENT FEATURES




Spencer Hill ‘Latitude 41’ 2017 Sauvignon Sur Lie and ‘Reserve’ Fumé 2015
Huntress 2018 ‘Waikura’ Rosé and 2017 Pinot Noir
Harwood Hall 2018 Sauvignon, 2017 Pinot Gris and Rose, 2016 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah
Sisters Ridge North Canterbury 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Pinot Noir
Te Aro Wine ‘Tastes Like’ 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Syrah
Gimblett Gravels 2016 Annual Vintage Selection
te Pa Marlborough 2018 Rosé, Sauvignon and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Chardonnay and ‘Oke’
Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2018
Rock Ferry Methode, 3rd Rock, and Marlborough and Central Otago SV Releases
Australian, Spanish and Californian Wines from RM Wine Partners
Blank Canvas Wines from Matt and Sophie Thomson
Fifth Bridge Central Otago 2018 Rosé, and 2017 Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir and LH Riesling
Koha Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Pinot Noir
Providore Central Otago Wines from Peter Bartle
Mission ‘Jewelstone’ Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2016
Fairhall Downs ‘Family Estate’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Smoking Loon Chardonnay, and McManis Pinot Noir and Petite Sirah from 2017
Kaimira Estate Brightwater Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Grava Martinborough 2017 Rosé and LH Sauvignon Blanc
Stonecroft 2018 ‘Crofters’ and ‘Undressed’, and 2016 ‘Reserve’ Syrahs
South River Central Otago Rosé, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir
Hawksdrift 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Barrel Whites and Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
Elephant Hill Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
Pa Road 2018 Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2017
// View More Featured Reviews

Featured Reviews




Waitapu Estate ‘Reef View’ Northland Pinotage 2016 and 2015

18 January,2018

Pinotage is one of this country’s more interesting varieties trialled over the course of our modern wine industry. It conveniently bridged the gap between hybrid red and noble vinifera wines. Its funky, lifted and savoury, musky characters were reminiscent of the hybrids, but the wines from Pinotage had somewhat more class in comparison. In reality, this vinifera crossing of ‘Hermitage’ and Cinsault, meant as a Pinot Noir/Syrah crossing never has the noblesse of Pinot Noir, Syrah, or any of the classical Bordeaux varieties. Its time in New Zealand was in the 1970s. Although it is very highly regarded in South Africa, in New Zealand it is thought of as special only in Northland nowadays, with Nick Nobilo alsdo continuing to champion it, his being grown in Gisborne.

Eric and Sandra Shackleton of Waitapu Estate near Kaitaia in Northland have Pinotage as a flagship variety along with Syrah. The Pinotage wines I have tasted are flavoursome and have a robust and rustic richness which can be compellingly appealing with gamier red meat dishes. It is in some ways a ‘blast from the past’, but the variety offers an individuality that has its place in today’s wines of elegance and squeaky cleanliness. The Waitapu Estate wines are made at the nearby Karikari Estate. Here, I review the 2016 and 2015 vintages. Both years are regarded by Eric Shacklelton as ‘pretty average’, but not poor like 2017! I found the 2015 wine from a stronger vintage. www.waitapuestate.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Waitapu Estate ‘Reef View’ Northland Pinotage 2016

Pinotage from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland

16/20

Even dark-red colour with garnet hues on the edge. The nose is softly full and voluminous with gently lifted aromas of savoury and spicy mulberries and red berry fruits along with some earth and game notes with volatile suggestions. The aromatics grow in density with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate has elegantly concentrated flavours of savoury and spicy mulberries with a layer of lifted game and earthy elements. The mouthfeel is lively with good acid energy, and rounded from soft, supple tannins that enable immediate approachability. The flavours are up-front, and carry to a moderately lingering, soft finish. This is a soft, rounded and approachable Pinotage with savoury and spicy mulberry fruit along with earth and game notes. Serve with barbecued and grilled game meats over the next 3 years. Fruit from Waitapu Estate fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged at least 12 months in seasoned French oak barrels. 16.0/020 Jan 2018 RRP $28.00

Waitapu Estate ‘Reef View’ Northland Pinotage 2015

Pinotage from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland

17/20

Full, dark, deep red colour with black hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly concentrated with full and deep aromas of dark-red berry and mulberry fruit along with lifted savoury and spice cedar notes. Medium-bodied, the palate is well-proportioned with flavours of ripe dark-red berry and mulberry fruit entwined with cedar, spice and game elements, lifted by a little volatility. The flavours show with good depth, and the mouthfeel features refined tannin extraction and integrated acidity. The palate has good drive and energy, leading to a lingering finish. This is an elegantly proportioned Pinotage with concentrated, but rounded flavours of dark-red berry and mulberry fruit with lifted spice and savoury layers on a fine-textured palate with good depth. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 3-4+ years. Fruit from Waitapu Estate fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged at least 12 months in seasoned French oak barrels. 17.0/20 Jan 2018 RRP $28.00

Copyright © 2011 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Website by DataFlex | Design by Skinny