Raymonds Wine of the Week

Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016  
Bright pale straw colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very rich in fruit with firmly concentrated aromas of pungent passionfruit along with savoury herbs, notes of cut grass, green stonefruits and subtle hints of smoke. The aromatics are densely pack and interwoven, opening in volume with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has rich, luscious and lively mouthfilling flavours of passionfruit, gooseberries, green stonefruits, and slightly savoury, smoky herb nuances. This has weight and presence, and the dense core flows smoothly along a soft-textured line with balanced acidity and energy. The wine carries to a long finish of passionfruit and green stonefruits. This is a rich and well-concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with layers of passionfruit, green stonefruits and savoury herb elements. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. 100% Marlborough fruit, two-thirds from the company’s Waihopai Valley and Chaytors Road vineyards, and the balance from the southern side of the Wairau Valley, 7% indigenous yeast fermented, and 6% in seasoned French oak barriques, the remainder conventionally in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 2.8 g/L RS. 18.5+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $20.00

Man O’ War ‘Deadnought’ Waiheke Island Syrah 2014  
Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a full and softly concentrated nose with aromas of ripe blackberry and dark raspberry fruit entwined with plums and liquorice, unfolding black pepper and lifted violet and dark-red florals, and a layering of earth, spices and oak. Full-bodied, the palate has rich and deeply concentrated, mouthfilling flavours of ripe blackberries and dark raspberries interwoven with plums, black pepper, liquorice and pices. Subtle dark-red florals and cedary oak elements emerge as the wine flows along a fine-grained, structured line. The fruit richness is balanced by the refined tannin extraction, with integrated acidity enhancing the harmony. The wine carries to a long and sustained, elegantly concentrated finish of blackberries, liquorice, pepper and spice. This is a rich, concentrated Syrah with ripe blackberry, raspberry and pepper flavours complexed by floral and spice notes on a fine-structured palate. Serve with slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 8-10 years. 100% Syrah from 6 sites, predominantly destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with a very small portion of whole bunches to 14.6% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 35% new French oak puncheons. 19.0/20 Apr 2017 RRP $54.90

‘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
2017 - Vidal Estate
2018 - Greystone Wines
20.0/20 Perfect Score Wines
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