Raymonds Wine of the Week

Palliser Estate Martinborough Riesling 2016  
Full, even straw-yellow colour with light green-gold hues, pale on the rim. The nose is soft and full with gently concentrated aromas of lime and lemon fruit harmoniously entwined with exotic white and yellow florals, nuances of honeysuckle, unfolding mineral elements with aeration. Dryish to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is subtly rich with mouthfilling flavours of lime fruit melded with exotic florals and honeysuckle, detailed by mineral suggestions. The mouthfeel of soft and dry with very fine textures from fruit extract, and the acidity is softly ripe and well balanced. The flavours of exotic florals and citrus fruit blossom, and carry to a long and sustained finish with an array of aromatics. This is a softly rich, aromatic, dry Riesling with exotic citrus, floral and honeysuckle flavours and fine textures, unfolding waves of fragrance. Serve as an aperitif or serve with Asian cuisine over the next 5+ years. Fruit from the ‘Om Santi’ and ‘Boulders’ vineyards, cool-fermented in tank to 12.2% alc. and 8 g/L RS, TA 7.1 g/L and pH 3.03. 18.5/20 Sep 2016 RRP $22.85

Domaine-Thomson ‘Surveyor Thomson’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013  
Deepish, dark ruby-red colour with garnet hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is well-concentrated with deep and complex aromas of savoury dark-red berry fruits in an amalgam of secondary development notes of dried thyme herbs, undergrowth, mushrooms and cedar, unfolding complex whole cluster stalk nuances. The nose builds to show good density and layers. Medium-full bodied, elegantly concentrated fruit flavours of dark, savoury red berryfruits, red florals and complexing secondary game and dried herb are harmoniously entwined with whole cluster stalk perfumes. The fruit is sweetly rich and forms a firm core with soft, flowery fine-grained tannin structure and balancing, fresh and lively acidity. The palate line is vibrant and driven, carrying to a rich, concentrated, lingering finish of dark red fruits and savoury herb notes. This is a rich, elegantly concentrated Pinot Noir with complex savoury, secondary flavours, fine structure and plenty of body and drive. Match with game meat dishes over the next 5-6+ years. Clones 10/5, 113, 777, 5 and 6 from the ‘South’ and ‘North’ blocks, vines planted in 2000, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., with 30% whole bunches, the wine aged 10 months in 35% new oak. 18.5/20 Sep 2016 RRP $45.00

‘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
20.0/20 Perfect Score Wines
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