B.wine – Newest label from Wairarapa
Raphael and Christine Burki are Wairarapa's newest wine label and cellar door B. wine creators and owners. The Swiss-born Kiwi couple travels back and forth between New Zealand and Switzerland for vintages each year, rich with insight from both the new and old world, expressing a personal perspective of Martinborough and the Wairarapa.
The B.wine range includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Rosé; all are clean, fresh and well-made, celebrating the distinctive nature of Wairarapa. The premium single-vineyard Lime Hill Vineyard was planted in 2013 in a 1.3ha plot east of Masterton, with remarkable soil aspect, a thin layer of clay over limestone-rich soils. The wine from this site is extraordinary; the 2020 vintage has an electric vibrancy, harmonious creaminess and chalky mineral feature, a wine not to be missed! The 2019 vintage under the Lime Hill label was one of my Top 10 Chardonnays for 2021! Look out for a single vineyard Pinot Noir and Syrah will be released at a later date.
The wines are small in production, only available at their Martinborough cellar door, a handful of fine wine establishments and online, so make sure you pop in their cellar door if you are near. Opens Thursday to Monday 11-4 pm, address 45 Kitchener Street, Martinborough 5711.https://bwine.co.nz/
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
B.wine Sauvignon Blanc 2021, MartinboroughSauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Wairarapa & WellingtonReview Date : 20-Dec-2021Bright, even, pale yellow with a hint of green sheen. The nose is softly full, sweet aromas of guava, apple, tamarillo, entwined with green herb and a hint of white spice. Medium-light bodied, nuances of apple, pear, tamarillo and guava underlined lime, unfolding tomato vine, white spice dusting and a lick of sea salt. The wine has a good concentration of fruit and acidity balance; moderately creamy added texture and weight to the palate. Salinity on the close, leaving a moreish finish. This is a savoury, complex Sauvignon Blanc that features texture and concentration. Match with Chinese dim sum and pork chops over the next 3-4 years. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed, fermented to 13% alc, aged 50% in seasoned oak and 50% steel tank for 5 months. 1,216 bottles produced. 18.5-/20 (92 pt) Dec 2021 RRP $26
B.wine Pinot Gris 2021, MartinboroughPinot Gris from New Zealand - Wairarapa & WellingtonReview Date : 20-Dec-2021Bright, pale golden-yellow, even colour throughout. The nose is warm and concentrated with nuances of yellow stonefruit, pear entwined with five-spice and honeysuckle. Medium-full bodied, dry to taste, succulent fruit of pear, apricot and lemon have a bright core, adorned by honeysuckle and five-spice details. The wine possesses lively acidity, carries refined phenolic throughout the palate, leaves a smooth and oily mouthfeel. The fruit has subtleties and concentration, provides depth, and spice emphasised and drew a long finish. This is a lush Pinot Gris with excellent lively acidity and spice interest. Match with chilli & lemongrass pork and Mussels Kilpatrick over the next 3-5 years. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Dec 2021 RRP $28
B.wine Rosé 2021, MartinbroughRosé from New Zealand - Wairarapa & WellingtonReview Date : 20-Dec-2021Bright, berry-red with depth, even colour throughout. The nose is full, with deep aromas of rose petal, spice underlying wild strawberries and boysenberries and hard-boiled candy. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, aromas of wild strawberries and boysenberries are lush, enriched by spice and rose petal details. The mouthfeel is smooth with fine-textured phenolics, contribute to the weight, the richness of fruit and floral component elevated by spice, extend the finish with a pure expression. This is a succulent Pinot Noir Rosé with pure wild berries, rich floral and a smooth mouthfeel. Match with charcuterie and venison tartare over the next 2-3 years. 100% Pinot Noir, on skins for 18 hours, 13.5% alc. 1,384 bottles produced. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Dec 2021 RRP $28
B.wine Lime Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2020, WairarapaChardonnay from New Zealand - Canterbury & WaiparaReview Date : 21-Dec-2021Bright, pale straw yellow with a light green sheen, youthful, even colour throughout. The nose is bright, elegantly presented, greeted with softly full aromas of lemon curd, lemon sherbet, subtle notes of raw almonds and spice entwined, underlying minerals. Medium-bodied, vibrant palate filled with aromas of lemon curd and sherbet, along with a hint of zest and apricot, unfolding delicate spices, almonds and pastry. A poised line of invigorating acidity flows with good energy and refined chalky minerals, linger with creaminess to a long finish. The fruit has excellent concentration and freshness, well-balanced acidity and delicate oak details are in harmony. Creaminess added to the weight and texture. This is a refined, harmonious Chardonnay with a citrus core, balanced oak and lees elements on a mineral flow. Match with grouper with beurre blanc and seafood risotto over the next 6-8 years. Fruit from Lime Hill, Mendoza clone, handpicked, whole bunch pressed, fermented to 13.% alc, aged in barrels on full lees for 12 months, 20% new oak. 19/20 (95 pts) Dec 2021 RRP $56
Lime Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019, WairarapaPinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & WellingtonReview Date : 21-Dec-2021Deep, ruby-red, lighter on the rim. The nose is ethereal and enticing, deep aromas of herb, dried hibiscus, interweave dark cherries, plums, strawberries and a mineral lifting. Medium-bodied, sweet aromas of dark cherries, young plums and ripe strawberries enriched by dark herb, liquorice and spice, followed by earth and mineral crunch. The aromas are harmonious and alluring; sweet fruit, rich herb and dried floral have great intensity and perfume. Velvety tannin provides a good grip, entwined with minerals and spice. This is an immensely perfumed Pinot Noir with excellent concentration and elegance, on a velvety mouthfeel and a long-lasting finish. Match with roasted pigeons and duck over the next 6-8 years. Fruit from Lime Hill, clone 5, 115, 667, 777, 10/5 and Abel, fermented to 13.5% alc, aged 12 months in barrel on fine lees, 20% new oak. 19+/20 pts (96 pts) Dec 2021 RRP $56