The result of Cuisine’s tasting of N.Z. Bordeaux Blends is the feature in the wine section of the September 2013 Issue 160 edition of Cuisine magazine. The top rated wine was the Esk Valley ‘Winemakers Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, rated at 5-stars, along with the Matua Valley ‘Single Vineyard – Matheson’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2009, following, but also awarded 5-stars.
The top two wines were followed by three wines at 4 ½ stars, rounding out a ‘Top 5’, these being the Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2011, the Craggy Range ‘Sophia’ Gimblett Gravels 2011 and Mills Reef ‘Elspeth’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. Cuisine has descriptive reviews for the next two rated wines, both at 4-star and these happen to be the two ‘Best Buys’. The magazine then lists the next five wines, also 4-star in rating, but without descriptive reviews. In all, 81 wines were tasted in this category, with 7 wines in total with 4-stars and 11 at 3-stars. There were 58 wines gaining no award. If you wish to see reviews of all of the wines, including all of the wines rated 3-star and above, Cuisine points you in the direction of their new website www.cuisinewine.co.nz
In the article, writer and judge Ralph Kyte-Powell discusses the more challenging 2012 and 2011 vintages explaining the relatively disappointing results. The fact that the top two wines were from 2010 and 2009 reinforced the findings.
This issue of Cuisine also features the results of tasting 25 wines in the ‘Specialty Reds’ class. Of these, only one wine came through with a high rating, 4-stars. This was the Coopers Creek ‘SV Saint John’ Hawke’s Bay Malbec 2011.
Go to the Cuisine Wine Website
As mentioned in other blog posts on the Cuisine tasting results, the Cuisine Wine website (www.cuisinewine.co.nz) is now the go-to source for a full picture. The magazine itself has made room for other articles of interest by only publishing descriptive reviews of the top wines. In this issue, there’s a page on wine-related news, one on the progress made in the Gimblett Gravels growing region, and an article of Hawke’s Bat winemaker Rod McDonald. The reports on the tastings make up the rest of the written work.
I must say that it all looks a bit skimpy. The wine section accounts for 11 pages of the 180 (cover to cover) total of the magazine. Advertisements and photos account for around 5 pages in total of this, so the actual written material is just over 50% of the pages dedicated to wine. There’s not a lot of reading here. So do go to the website to see more. I wonder if there’s sufficient wine material incentive to buy Cuisine in this format any more? It is important for Cuisine to advertise their new wine website to ensure readers see what they are doing with wine. www.cuisine.co.nz