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Raymonds Wine of the Week

Mahi ‘Twin Valleys’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2015  
Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues and some depth, lighter edged. The nose is very elegant and finely concentrated with good depth of white stonefruit and citrus fruit aromas melded with soft nutty and flinty elements and a complexing oxidative suggestion, revealing some oak toastiness with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a strong core with deep flavours of ripe white and yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit, interwoven with nutty lees and toasty oak notes. The palate possesses a creamy barrel-ferment richness and is underlined by a fine phenolic thread. Refreshing acidity provides balance, and the wine flows with vibrancy to a long, lingering finish. This is a stylishly rich Chardonnay with stonefruit and citrus flavours complexed by nutty, flinty and toasty detail on a fine-textured, vibrant palate. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked clone 95 fruit from the ‘Twin Valleys’ vineyard, Fareham Lane, Waihopai, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.6% alc., the wine aged 15 month on lees in 10% new oak, then given further time on lees in tank. 18.5/20 Mar 2017 RRP $39.00

Terroir Wines ‘BDX’ Martinborough 2011  
Dark, deep, black-red colour with garnet hues, a little lighter on the rim. The bouquet is fine in proportion with well-ripened, aromatic black berry and plum fruits harmoniously entwined with spice notes, cedary oak. This is beautifully refined, integrated and has real intensity of fragrance. Medium-full bodied, the palate features an elegantly concentrated core with fine and firm flavours of sweetly ripened blackberry, blackcurrant and plum fruit, with notes of liquorice and spices, unveiling subtle layers of cedar and pencilly oak. The fruit is underlined by very fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction providing a refined structure that allows the fruit sweetness to prevail. The wine carries to an elegant, lingering, nuanced finish of black fruits and oak. This is a refined, concentrated Bordeaux-styled red with black berry and plum fruits, with cedary oak and very fine structure. Match with roasted red meats and semi-hard cheeses over the next 7-9 years. A blend with equal proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, from vines from the former Benfield & Delamare property, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in Hungarian and French oak barriques. 800 bottles made. 18.5+/20 Feb 2017 RRP $65.00

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2011 - Kidnapper Cliffs
2012 - Neudorf Vineyards
2013 - Pegasus Bay
2014 - Te Whare Ra
2015 - Escarpment Vineyard
2016 - Valli Vineyards
2017 - Vidal Estate
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