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PR Cotes de Provence Rosé 2016
Waitapu Estate ‘Reef View’ 2016 and 2015 Syrah
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Raymonds Wine of the Week

Rock Ferry Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs 2010  
Bright, light straw-yellow colour with light gold hues, pale on the rim. The bubbles are very fine and moderately persistent. The nose is finely proportioned and well-concentrated with intense aromas of white stonefruits and white florals subtly entwined with refined aromas of bready autolysis. The bouquet has finesse, clarity and focus. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is tightly bound and concentrated with refined, intense flavours of white florals, citrus and white stonefruit flavours. The bready autolysis is beautifully integrated and balanced with the finesse of the fruit. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a lively mousse, with soft acidity allowing a fine, phenolic line to carry the flavours to a long and sustained finish. This is a refined and elegantly concentrated blanc de blancs method with balanced and integrated autolysis. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 4+ years. 100% Chardonnay, hand-picked fruit from ‘The Corners’ vineyard, WBP and fermented in seasoned oak and stainless-steel barrels , with full MLF and aging 11 months on lees. After tirage, the wine was aged 4 years on lees. The wine is 12.5% alc., and carries 4.5 g/L RS. Certified BioGro organic. Lot 0007. 18.5+/20 Jun 2016 RRP $40.00

Maurice Vesselle ‘Cuvee Reservee’ Champagne Grand Cru Brut NV  
Full straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, a little lighter on the rim, with a very persistent and fine bead. The nose is fine, but firmly concentrated with intense yellow stonefruit aromas showing Pinot Noir prominence. The fruit is harmoniously melded with a complexing, savoury bready-yeasty layer, and subtle aldehyde nuances, and builds in depth, becoming rounder in the glass. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the yellow stonefruit flavours are rich and vibrant, and gently fill the mouth, while growing in depth and intensity. Layers of complex, savoury, bread and yeast unfold adding interest. The mouthfeel is very well-balanced with a soft mousse and lacy acidity lending energy, and a light phenolic structure. The wine leads to a long, lingering, elegant finish with yeasty notes. This is a well-balanced Champagne with rich and vibrant fruit and layers of complexing savoury yeast flavours. Serve as an aperitif, and with white meats and seafood over the next 3+ years. A blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, fermented without MLF to 12.0% alc., and 9 g/L dosage. Lot L3925 18.5/20 Jun 2016 RRP $66.00

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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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