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Raymonds Wine of the Week




Moana Park ‘Single Vineyard Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015  
Bright, even, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is firm with finely presented but richly concentrated aromas with citrus and yellow stonefruits harmoniously layered with subtle, complexing flinty lees and steely minerals, and nutty, smoky and toasty oak. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated flavours of vibrant yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits show with lusciousness and succulence, and are melded with layers of gunflint reductive and lees complexities, and positive, nutty oak. The palate has depth and density, and is underlined by fine textures and soft acidity. The wine has positive floe and drive, and carries to a long, dry finish with nutty and toasty interest. This is a rich and harmonious layered Chardonnay with complex stonefruit, flint and nutty flavours. Match with roast poultry and pork over the next 4-5+ years. 100% Mendoza clone from a single vineyard, vines planted in 2005 on Type 1 Twyford Gravels, hand-picked, WBP and fully barrel-fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 45% new French oak barriques with full MLF. 300 dozen made. 18.5+/20 May 2016 RRP $45.00

Theory & Practice Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014  
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is tightly bound and elegant in proportion with a core of black-berried and blue fruits along with black mineral and floral lift, unfolding lusciousness and richness in the glass. Medium-bodied, the palate possesses full and rich, concentrated flavours of ripe black and blue berried fruits, along with black plums. The fruit sweetness and richness forms a deep and powerfully dense core that has fine-grained tannin extraction and vibrant and lively acidity to balance the fruit. The mouthfeel has presence, energy and drive, with positive grip, and the structure carries the wine to a concentrated finish of black fruits, spices, minerals and earthy elements. This is a powerfully packed Syrah with richness match by plenty of structure and grip, and acid energy. Match with game meat and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-8 years. Chave and MS clone fruit from the ‘Lyons and Stewart’ vineyards, adjacent in the Bridge Pa Triangle, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged one year in barrel, with 19.5% new 300 L hogsheads, the remainder barriques, hogsheads and puncheons. Approx. 500 dozen made. 18.5+/20 May 2016 RRP $21.95 


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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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