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Neudorf 2018 Pinot Rosé, 2017 Moutere Chardonnay and 2016 Moutere Pinot Noir
Pask 2016 ‘Declaration’ Chardonnay and ‘Small Batch’ Trilliant’, and 2014 ‘Declaration’ Merlot and Cabernet Merlot Malbec
Black Cottage 2018 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir
Forrest Wines 2018 Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Albarino, and 2015 Gruner Veltliner and Pinot Noir
The Hunting Lodge 2017 Pinot Gris, Marsanne Viognier and Chardonnay
Lake Chalice 2017 ‘The Falcon’ Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling, and Raptor Chardonnay
Matchbook Dunnigan Hills ‘Old Head’ Chardonnay 2016
Nevis Bluff 2017 Rosé and 2014 Pinot Noir
Summerhouse 2018 Marlborough Pinot Rosé and 2016 Hawke’s Bay Merlot
Valli 2018 Waitaki Riesling, 2017 Pinot Gris and 2017 Regional Pinot Noirs
Palacio de Oriente Rioja Tempranillo 2017
Locharburn 2018 Central Otago Pinot Rosé and Pinot Gris
Tantalus 2017 ‘Cachette’, 2015 Merlot Franc, and ‘Voile’, ‘Evoque’, and ‘Ecluse’
Mount Dottrel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
Greystone ‘Thomas Brothers’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2016
Stoneburn Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Pinot Noir
Mount Brown 2018 North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling
Zaria Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018
Craggy Range ‘Prestige Collection’ 2016 Vintage
Morepork Northland Pinot Gris 2018
Julicher Estate and ’99 Rows’ Te Muna Pinot Noir 2015
The Winemaker’s Wife and The Lady Ranfurly Releases from Simon McGeorge
Mission ‘Barrique Reserve’ 2017 Chardonnay and Syrah, and 2016 Pinot Noir and Cabernet
Dashwood 2018 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris
Black Cottage 2018 Rosé and Pinot Gris
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Raymonds Wine of the Week




Tohu ‘Mugwi Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015  
Bright, even straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, paler edged.  The bouquet is very full and richly concentrated with layers of greengage, nectarine and green stonefruit flavours  melded with dark herbs and complexing nutty barrel-ferment notes along with smoke and mineral nuances.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is rounded and softly concentrated with a core of flavours that unfold in layers, showing ripe greengages, nectarines, an array of green stonefruits, tropical fruits and herbs.  The fruit is harmoniously melded with nutty oak elements, spices, minerals and the flavours fill the mouth with richness.  The palate is smooth-textured, with subtle phenolics, and ripe, integrated acidity, and flows seamlessly to a long and sustained finish with rich stonefruit, nutty and smoky notes.  This is a rich and concentrated, complex layered oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with a smooth, integrated mouthfeel.  Match with herb-marinated poultry and pork dishes over the next 3+ years.  Fruit from the ‘Kouka’, ‘Puketapu’, ‘Arapoto’ and ‘Wharau’ blocks in the company’ Upper Awatere Valley vineyard, indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned French oak to 13.0% alc. and dryness, the wine aged in barrel undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF.  19.0-/20  Dec 2016  RRP $29.95

Wild Earth ‘Earth and Sky’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012  
Even ruby-red colour with garnet hues, lighter on the rim.  This has a fulsome, solid and deeply packed bouquet with a complex amalgam of savoury ripe red berry fruits entwined with subtle layers of dried thyme herbs, undergrowth, mushrooms, earth and cedar.  Full-bodied, the palate is fulsome and rich with mouthfilling flavours of savoury dark-red berry fruit harmoniously melded with dried herbs, undergrowth and game notes, along with nuances of earth, mushrooms and cedar.  The fruit sweetness is balanced by fine-grained tannin structure, with integrated acidity lending drive and tension.  The fruit is carried to a long, complex, savoury-flavoured finish of berry fruits, dried herbs and game.  This is a rich, complex, sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with savoury red berries, dried herbs and undergrowth flavours on a balanced, structured palate with underlying energy.  Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 6-8+ years.  Hand-picked fruit from Bannockburn, clones 777 and 10/5, destemmed and fermented to 14.3% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 40% new French oak barriques, followed by a further 8 months in seasoned oak.  19.0-/20  Jan 2017  RRP $65.00


‘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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