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Raymonds Wine of the Week




Neudorf ‘Rosie’s Block’ Nelson Chardonnay 2015 
Pale golden-yellow colour with lemon-green hues. The nose is finely concentrated with fresh aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits entwined with mealy notes, creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, and complexing flinty and minerally lees notes in a harmonious amalgam with lemon-curd MLF and oak toast. The nose has an underlying steely intensity. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly concentrated with flavours of white and yellow tonefruits melded with flinty lees, nutty and creamy oak with subtle toast elements and nuances of lemon-curd MLF. The wine is taut with fine, grainy textures and crisp, lacy acidity forming a positive line. The mouthfeel is brisk and refreshing, and carries to a long, tightly bound finish with stonefruit and nutty notes. This is an elegant and complex, stonefruit and flinty flavoured Chardonnay with a brisk, taut and textural palate. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. Clones Mendoza, 15, 95, 8021 and 548 from ‘Rosie’s Block’, the ‘Home Block’ and small lots from other Moutere sites, hand-picked, WBP, and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with high solids to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 15% new French oak with batonnage and 100% MLF. 2,355 cases made. 18.5/20 Apr 2016 RRP $33.00

Quarter Acre Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014 
Dark, purple-hued ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is soft and initially restrained, but opens in volume to show a harmonious amalgam of ripe blackberry and plum fruit intermixed with subtle black pepper and Asian spice elements, lifted red florals and nutty oak. Medium-bodied, the mouthfeel is soft, smooth-flowing and supple, with gently melded waves of flavour. This has blackberries, dark red plums, black pepper, spices and florals, along with nutty oak. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained tannins and integrated acidity, lending a plush, soft textures. Some acid piquancy emerges, leading the palate to a lingering finish of liquorice. This is a soft, plush and harmonious Syrah with interwoven flavours of black fruits, pepper, florals and spice with nutty oak. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dished over the next 5-6+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones Chave, Grippat and MS, from a hillside and old riverbed vineyard, destemmed and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 29 days on skins and aged 18 months in 35% new French oak. 18.5-/20 Apr 2016 RRP $34.99


‘Winery of the Year'
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2011 - Kidnapper Cliffs
2012 - Neudorf Vineyards
2013 - Pegasus Bay
2014 - Te Whare Ra
2015 - Escarpment Vineyard
2016 - Valli Vineyards
 
 
 
20.0/20 Perfect Score Wines
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