Raymonds Wine of the Week

Abel ‘Single Vineyard’ Nelson Pinot Noir 2015 
Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red with youthful purple hues. The nose is finely proportioned with deeply packed and intense aromas of rich, ripe black cherry, dark red berry and dark plum fruit, melded with fragrant violet floral layers and subtly savoury, herbal-nuanced perfumes and liquorice notes. Medium-bodied, the palate features rich, plush and vibrantly juicy flavours of dark red berryfruit and plums along with violet florals and lifted whole berry fermentation aromatic notes. The mouthfeel is bright and enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity, and the fruit supported by fine, flowery, supple tannins which allow the fruit to prevail. The palate carries to a long, juicy, sweet finish with fresh cherry and floral notes. This is a beautifully rich, juicy and vibrant Pinot Noir with supple structure. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 5+ years. Abel clone fruit from the ‘Greenacres Estate’ Redwood Valley, destemmed and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% new French oak. 460 dozen made. 18.5/20 Apr 2016 RRP $34.00

Delta ‘Hatter’s Hill’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 
Even dark garnet-red colour with suggestions of brick on the edge. This has a full and voluminous bouquet with gentle and ethereal layers of soft, savoury red berry fruits harmoniously melded with layers of dried herbs and secondary undergrowth and game notes along with lifted oak elements. Complexing detail emerges with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate features softly rich and succulent, mouthfilling flavours of savoury red berry fruits seamlessly interwoven with complex secondary flavours of dried herbs and undergrowth, and lifted oak. The mouthfeel is integrated with fine-grained, flowery tannins providing positive structure and integrated acidity. The wine has good drive and carries to a long and lingering finish with secondary undergrowth nuances. This is a harmoniously integrated Pinot Noir with complex secondary and lifted flavours and a fine-grained structure. Match with game meat and casseroles over the next 4-5+ years. Dijon clone fruit, hand-picked and fermented with 10% whole clusters to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 55% new French oak. 18.5/20 Apr 2016 RRP $34.00

‘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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