Raymonds Wine of the Week

Babich ‘Irongate’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014 
Bright, even straw-yellow colour with light golden hues at the heart, lighter edged. This has a firm core to the nose that unfolds layers of ripe yellow stonefruits, savoury citrus fruits, with waves of soft, nutty and flinty, mineral complexities, and smoky, toasty oak. This is fulsome, rich and deep in aromatics. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fresh, lively and energetic, with fulsome, growing flavours of yellow stonefruits, citrus fruits, nutty and mineral layers and toasty oak. The flavours are complex and interwoven, and the mouthfeel shows a rich, subtly creamy, barrel-ferment texture balanced by lacy, refreshing acidity. This has elegance, grip, structure and tension, with the acidity and textures carrying the palate to a very long and sustained finish of stonefruits, flint and toast. This is a full-flavoured, complex Chardonnay with layers of stonefruit, flint and toasty oak, framed by a rich and lively mouthfeel. Match with roast pork, poultry and veal over the next 5+ years. Mendoza fruit from the ‘Irongate’ vineyard, hand-picked, WBP, and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged nearly 10 months in 20% new French oak with batonnage and 20% MLF. 19.0-/20 Dec 2015 RRP $37.00

Craft Farm ‘Lyons Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014 
Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour, youthful in appearance. This has an elegantly presented nose with finely concentrated and densely packed aromas of black-berried fruits entwined with black and violet florals, harmoniously integrated with notes of black pepper and Asian spices. This is soft and finely presented, the integration a feature. Medium-bodied, elegantly concentrated, finely expressed, rich and aromatic fruit flavours of blackberries, dark raspberries and black pepper are lifted by violet florals. The palate is rich and succulent, and the fruit enlivened by bright acidity. The wine flows along a very fine-featured palate line with good linearity, leading to a long, lingering spicy finish. This is a very elegant and finely concentrated, luscious and aromatic Syrah with spice notes and fresh mouthfeel. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 6-7 years. Chave clone fruit from the Lyons ‘Hillside’ vineyard, Bridge Pa, hand-picked and fermented with 30% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 50% new French oak of various sizes. 100 dozen made. 18.5/20 Dec 2015 RRP $44.95

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