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Raymonds Wine of the Week




Framingham ‘F-Series’ Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2015 
Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, lighter on the rim. This has a softly full and concentrated nose of ripe tropical fruits entwined with rose-petal florals, root ginger honeysuckle and savoury musk notes. Complexing nutty, smoke and mineral nuances emerge, the aromatics unfolding in layers of interest. Medium-dry in sweetness and medium-full bodied, the palate is softly concentrated and mouthfilling with flavours of rose-petal florals, honey, musk and creaming soda, along with savoury nutty and yellow stonefruit elements. This has an unctuous mouthfeel, enlivened and balanced by refreshing, lacy acidity. The wine flows with good energy along a very fine-textured line, leading to a long, lively and rich finish of savoury honey and musk. This is a softly full and concentrated medium Gewurztraminer with rich, exotic and savoury flavours, an unctuous texture and fresh, underlying acidity. Serve with Middle Eastern and Asian fare over the next 4+ years. Estate fruit from vines approx. 20 y.o. with around a 12% botrytised late harvest component, indigenous yeast fermented with 80% in barrel to 14.5% alc. and 18 g/L RS, the wine aged 6 months on lees with some solids. 133 dozen made. 19.0-/20 Jan 2016 RRP $35.00

Hawkshead ‘First Vines’ ‘Gibbston Single Estate Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
Dark ruby-red colour with garnet hues on the rim. The bouquet is elegantly presented with aromas of dark red berry fruits, thyme herbs and complex, fragrant whole bunch stalk and dried herb layers that unfold in volume, and build in intensity. Medium-bodied, the flavours of dark red berry fruits and complex fresh herbs, savoury whole bunch stalk elements and dried thyme herb notes are intense and penetrating, forming a fine, firm core. The palate features fine-grained tannin structure with linearity, and brisk, refreshing acidity providing energy and drive. The wine carries to a lively, juicy, long lingering finish of dark berry fruits and dark herbs. This is an elegant and intensely flavoured Pinot Noir with lively mouthfeel and complex flavours of dark red fruits entwined with complex savoury herb notes. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game dishes over the next 5-6 years. Predominantly clone 115 with clones 5 and 6, the oldest vines from the ‘Hawkshead’ vineyard, indigenous yeast fermented with 33% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 30% new French oak. 18.5/20 Jan 2016 RRP $49.65


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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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