Raymonds Wine of the Week

Greystone Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2015 
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with some blush hues. The nose is very full and harmoniously concentrated with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits melded with exotic florals, honeysuckle and complex nuances of flinty lees and nutty elements. Medium dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is softly packed with rich flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits, honey and exotic florals, along with complexing flint and nutty detail. This has a soft, unctuous mouthfeel balanced by fine-grained fruit extract textures. Gentle acidity enhances the roundness, weight and presence. The wine carries to a long finish of stonefruits and nuts, driven with some alcohol power. This is a rich, harmoniously concentrated, medium-dry Pinot Gris with layers of flavour, an unctuous mouthfeel and fine textures. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, and firm cheeses over the next 4 years. Pinot Gris fruit fermented with 5% by indigenous yeasts in seasoned oak to 13.5% alc. and 9.5 g/L RS, the wine undergoing 2 months batonnage. 1,600 cases made. 19.0-/20 Feb 2016 RRP $25.00

Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Pinot Noir 2014 
Dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues and good depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and bright with bold, vibrantly rich aromas of dark red cherry and berry fruit with raspberry liqueur notes and nuances of dark herbs and liquorice. The fruit grows in depth with aeration. Medium-full bodied, bright, lively and sweetly rich flavours of dark cherry and raspberries are supported and balanced by grainy, but accessible tannins and enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity. The mouthfeel is open and well-textured with plenty of presence and grip. Nuances of liquorice, herbs and violet florals emerge to add interest, and the wine is carried by the structure to a fine-textured, dry finish with raspberry fruit notes. This is a vibrantly juicy, dark raspberry-fruited accessible Pinot Noir with structure and freshness. Serve with poultry and pork, and with Asian fare over the next 4-5+ years. Fruit from the ‘Ranzau Road’ vineyard, destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 25% new French oak barriques. 18.5/20 Feb 2016 RRP $35.00

‘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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