Ant Moore Wine – Much More in the Works!
Coming to New Zealand in 2002, Ant Moore took up the winemaking role at Isabel Estate in Marlborough, followed by the establishment of Catalina Sounds and Crowded House. Behind this ‘normal' resumé is a great deal more. Ant has set up vineyards in Marlborough and now owns two wineries, Rapaura Vintners in Marlborough and Central Otago Vintners, making him a significant player in the New Zealand wine industry. The Ant Moore brand has been launched in his home country Australia, and one senses a great deal more will be seen of Ant Moore and his wines in New Zealand. Passion to make wines reflecting variety and region is apparent, and he has the means. www.antmoore.com
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Ant Moore Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 29-Jun-2011Bright straw-yellow colour with green hues and a pale edge, this has a very fine and tight nose of nettles, herbs and gooseberries, reflecting the cooler spectrum of fruit. The bouquet has a little lift as well as mineral nuances. Very dry on palate, the flavours of gooseberries, herbs, nettles and minerals are finely expressed and the acidity near-searing and racy. The concentration and stone-like dryness suggests this will keep well, for say 4-5+ years. Fruit from the estate vineyards, predominantly from the Awatere with Waihopi and Upper Wairau grapes, fermented to 12.5% alc. and 2.4 g/L rs, the wine given time on lees and some barrel work. Serve with shellfish. 17.5/20 Jun 2011 RRP $23.00
Ant Moore Marlborough Pinot Gris 2010Pinot Gris from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 29-Jun-2011100% Pinot Gris from the ‘Ants Nest' vineyard in the Waihopi Valley, fermented to 13.0% alc. and 3.5 g/L rs, with lees stirring and indigenous yeasts used. Full, even straw-yellow colour, the bouquet is tight and linear with white stonefruit, minerals and flinty lees work clear and piercing. Dry to taste, this has intense and luscious flavours of white and yellow stonefruits complexed by smoky-stony lees elements allied to slippery acidity. The mid-palate is firm, but opens out with sweetness on the finish. Match with seafood, poultry and semi-hard cheeses over the next 4-5 years. 17.5+/20 Jun 2011 RRP $23.00
Ant Moore Nelson Riesling 2010Riesling from New Zealand - NelsonReview Date : 29-Jun-2011Riesling sourced from a site on the Waimea Plains cool-fermented to 12.0% alc. and 4.4 g/L rs. Soft, straw-yellow colour with green hues, this has a soft, tight but delicate nose of classical lime fruit with floral notes and citrus zest as well as minerals. Dry on palate, this has a beautifully fresh and pure fruitiness showing attractive lime and lemony flavours of excellent depth and concentration. Racy, zingy acidity adds a sherbet-like zestiness and lively tension, and contributes to a dry, finely textured and long finish. Serve as an aperitif or match with most seafood dishes over the next 5-6+ years. 18.5/20 Jun 2011 RRP $23.00
Ant Moore Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009Pinot Noir from New Zealand - OtagoReview Date : 29-Jun-2011Deepish ruby-red colour with light purple hues on edge, this has a very fresh, elegantly proportioned nose showing lovely purity of bright raspberry-like fruit lifted by violetty florals. A medium-weighted wine, the bright, primary dark berry and raspberryish fruit is still tightly held, and somewhat restrained in expression. However, there is sweetness at the core, and the wine features bright acidity and fine-textured tannins resulting in good line and a lush finish. Clones 667, 777, 114 and Abel, fermented to 14.2% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French oak barrels. Match with salmon, tuna and all poultry over the next 4-6 years. 17.5+/20 Jun 2011 RRP $ 32.00