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Raymonds Wine of the Week




Tony Bish ‘Golden Egg’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016  
Brilliant straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues and some depth, a little lighter edged. This has a very fresh and elegant nose with subtle aromas of white stonefruits along with an overlay of nutty and yeasty lees and soft, thirst-quenching mineral notes. The aromatics are well proportion with good depth and expressed with clarity. Medium-bodied, the plate is fresh and lively with gently rich and vibrant fruit flavours of white stonefruits entwined with nutty, yeasty lees, unfolding nuances of smoke, The flavours show precision and clarity, with slippery and mouthwatering, piquant acidity enlivening the mouthfeel. The wine flows easily along a very fine phenolic-threaded line, leading to a long finish with nutty and yeasty elements. This is a fresh, lively and subtly rich-fruited Chardonnay with yeasty and nutty detail on a slippery, fine-textured palate. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. 100% hand-picked Hawke’s Bay Mendoza clone fruit, with fermentation in two 1,600 L concrete eggs and two barriques, one new and one 2.y.o. with high solids, accounting for 12% of the total, the wine at 13.0% alc., all of the wine aged 11 months on lees with approx. 75% MLF conversion. 18.5+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $39.00

Vidal ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  
Very dark, black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, very youthful in appearance. The nose is very fine and elegantly concentrated with refined blackberry, black plum and nuances of blackcurrants and fragrant, spicy oak notes. The nose is has beautiful precision and focus. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion with a finely concentrated core of succulently sweet and vibrant flavours of blackcurrants and black plums, unfolding nuances of cassis and dark herbs. The mouthfeel is poised with fine-grained tannins providing linearity and fresh, lacy acidity lending energy and vitality. The wine leads to a long, lingering, tightly bound finish of black fruits and herbs. This is a refined and elegantly concentrated Merlot/Cabernet blend with sweet fruit, fine-grained extract and a fresh, bright mouthfeel. Serve with lamb and beef dishes over the next 5-6 yeas. A blend of 75% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Malbec from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 24% new French oak barrels. 18.5/20 Apr 2017 RRP $19.99



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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
2018 - Greystone Wines
 
 
 
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