Raymonds Wine of the Week

Johanneshof Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2015  
Brilliant straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is tightly bound with penetrating aromas of tropical fruits, lychees, rose-petal florals and root ginger, unfolding a subtle, savoury musk suggestion providing complexing detail. The aromatics have a youthfully fresh, steely definition. Medium-dry to medium in taste and medium-bodied, the palate features mouthfilling and rich flavours with layers of tropical fruits, rose-petal florals, Middle Eastern spices and earthy root ginger. The wine possesses a soft phenolic texture to balance the fruit sweetness, and the palate is underlined by a firm, concentrated, steely-edged core that carries to a long, lingering, complex finish of sweet exotic fruits, savoury spices, florals and ginger. This is a layered and detailed medium-dry Gewurztraminer with complex sweetly rich exotic fruits and savoury spice and ginger flavours with a concentrated, firm and youthful core. Match with Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine over the next 4+ years. Fruit from Grovetown, fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 19.0 g/L RS. 18.5+/20 Nov 2016 RRP $39.00

Grasshopper Rock ‘Block 6’ ‘Earnscleugh Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014  
Bright, even ruby-red colour with some depth, a little lighter on the edge with hints of garnet. The nose is soft, very elegantly proportioned and refined in expression with a fine and tightly bound core of dark-red cherry fruit harmoniously entwined with an array of dark-red florals, nuances of thyme herbs and mineral detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is refined and restrained with a concentrated heart of dark-red cherry and berry fruit intermixed with red floral and mineral notes. The flavours are harmoniously integrated. The wine has considerable fruit extract, the tannins fine-grained and flowery, with balanced acidity. The wine flows smoothly to a long, lingering finish with stylishly restrained flavours of cherries, herbs, florals and minerals. This is a beautifully harmonious and complete, integrated Pinot Noir with restrained dark-red berry fruits, considerable fine-grained structure, weight and excellent finesse and balance. Match with lamb, beef, venison and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-8 years. Clones 667, 115 and 114 from vines planted in 2003, the fruit destemmed and fermented to 13.7% alc., the wine aged 13 months in one-third new French oak barriques. Three barrels made. 19.0/20 Nov 2016 RRP $TBA

‘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
2017 - Vidal Estate
20.0/20 Perfect Score Wines
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