Raymonds Wine of the Week

Black Peak Wanaka Central Otago Riesling 2015 
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. This has an elegant and refined, penetrating nose of lime, lemon, tangerine and citrus blossom, expressed with clarity and purity. Nuances of mouthwatering minerals and toasty elements add refreshing detail. Medium to medium-sweet to taste and light-bodied, the palate possesses very tightly bound flavours of an array of citrus fruits with exotic florals, honeysuckle and nuances of toast and minerals. Fresh, brisk, mouthwatering acidity and very soft textures carry the wine to a very long, lingering finish. This is an elegant, medium-sweet Riesling with exotic citrus fruit and floral flavours and a soft, mouthwatering palate. Serve as an aperitif and with mildly spicy Asian fare over the next 5 years. Fruit from the Queensberry Hills, whole bunch foot-stomped and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 8.9% alc. and 48 g/L RS, TA 8.6 g/L and pH 2.83. 18.5-/20 Mar 2016 RRP $26.00

Domain Road Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013 
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with light purple hues, a little paler edged. The nose is softly full with harmoniously melded aromas of dark red cherry and dark raspberry fruit, with subtle notes of dark plums, and a layering og thyme herbs with dark-red floral notes. This has depth and soft concentration. Medium-bodied, the palate features lusciously succulent and juicy flavours of dark red cherry and dark raspberry fruit that form an elegantly proportioned core, unfolding thyme herb and floral detail. Fine-grained, supple tannins support the fruit with integrated acidity in the background, and the wine flows with good linearity to a lingering finish of dark raspberries. This is a harmonious and succulent, supple, dark cherry and raspberry-fruited Pinot Noir with fine structure. Match with poultry and pork over the next 5+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 5, 6, 115, 667 and 777, destemmed, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.4% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 31% new French oak barriques. 18.5/20 Mar 2016 RRP $38.00

‘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
20.0/20 Perfect Score Wines
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