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Raymonds Wine of the Week

Georges Road ‘Selection’ Waipara Pinot Gris 2015 
Brilliant straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with well-packed aromas of ripe yellow stonefuits harmoniously melded with honeysuckle exotic yellow florals, unfolding detailed nuances of pears and savoury nutty hints. Off-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the flavours are stylishly restrained, but the palate has good presence and vinosity. The mouthfeel is soft and the acidity integrated lending a suggestion of unctuousness. This is balanced by fine acidity, and the wine flows smoothly, with some underlying power, revealing yellow stonefuits, honeysuckle, pears, florals and nuts as it carries to a fine-textured, sustained finish This is a restrained, stylish, off-dry Pinot Gris with real vinosity and presence. Match with Middle Eastern fare over the next 4 years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 2/15, 2/16, Ovaille and Barrie, WBP, and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.5% alc. and 8 g/L RS, the wine aged 6 months on gross lees. 500 cases made. 18.5-/20 Dec 2015 RRP $24.50

Obsidian ‘Reserve’ Waiheke Island Syrah 2013 
Very full, near saturated black-red colour with purple hues on the rim. This has a very full and voluminous nose packed with ripe, aromatic blackberry fruit lifted by exotic violet and black floral perfumes. Layers of black pepper, Asian spices unfold revealing complex savoury black herb, oak and balsamic elements. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours of ripe blackberries are sweet and succulently vibrant and melded with layers of black pepper, fragrant Asian spices, plums and liquorice, unveiling violet and black floral elements. Oak and whole bunch elements are integral. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained supple tannin extraction and integrated lacy acidity lending tension, drive and vitality. As the wine flows, complexing soy sauce and balsamic nuances unfold and carry to a soft, long, concentrated finish. This is a rich, vibrant, sweet and luscious Syrah with ripe black fruits and complexing liquorice, spice and balsamic detail, and a fine, supple structure. Serve with Middle Eastern lamb dishes over the next 7-10 years. MS clone fruit from the ‘Obsidian’ ‘Block 2’, fermented with approx. 15% whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 3 weeks on skins and aged 12 months in 40% new French oak. 125 dozen made. 19.0/20 Dec 2015 RRP $63.00

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2016 - Valli Vineyards
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