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Raymonds Wine of the Week




Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ Marlborough Riesling ‘M’ 2016  
Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft with delicate and beautifully fresh core of white florals and lime fruit melded with subtle notes of honey, unfolding exotic mandarin and jasmine notes along with hints of minerals. Medium in sweetness and light-bodied, the palate features elegantly rich and succulently sweet flavours of limes and mandarins entwined with white and jasmine florals and a gentle layering of honey. The fruit and sweetness is underlined by very fine, smooth-flowing textures, and the mouthfeel enlivened by lacy acidity. This combines succulence and delicacy. The wine carries with excellent linearity to a long, finely concentrated finish of citrus fruit, florals and honey. This is an elegant, succulently rich medium Riesling with citrus and exotic floral flavours and honey notes on a smooth linear and long palate. Serve as an aperitif, or with Thai. Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 5+ years. Hand-picked and sorted fruit from the ‘Home’ block, given some skin contact and cool-fermented in tank to 9.5% alc. and 30 g/L RS, TA 9.0 g/L and pH 2.9. Certified BioGro organic. 233 cases made. 19.0/20 Oct 2016 RRP $28.00

Big Sky ‘Provenance’ Te Muna Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014  
Even, dark ruby-red colour, lighter on the edge with some garnet hues. The nose is full and voluminous with aromas of ripe, dark-red berry and cherry fruit along with nuances of black plums, earth and some lifted, cedary, spicy oak, melded with notes of dark herbs and game complexities. Medium-full bodied, this has a plush and juicy palate with finely concentrated and well-bound flavours of red cherry and berry fruit interwoven with layers of spicy, cedary oak, dried herbs and lifted red florals. The fruit is supported by moderately extracted, fine-grained, flowery tannins that lend a refined texture, and the acidity is softly integrated. The wine flows smoothly along a velvety line, leading to a long, lingering finish of dark-red berry and cherry fruit, with spicy, cedary oak layers. This is a refined Pinot Noir with dark-red cherry and berry fruit melded with spicy, cedary oak on smooth-flowing palate. Match with coq au vin and casserole over the next 6-7 years. 100% clone 115 from Te Muna Road, vines 15 y.o., the fruit from selected vineyard parcels, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.6% alc., the wine spending 28 days on skins and aged 22 months in 35% new oak. 18.5/20 Oct 2016 RRP $45.00


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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
 
 
 
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