de Vine and Boutique Wine Co.
One of the most difficult positions any wine retailer faces is the pressure of changing supply and prices that supplying distributors impose on them. To be fair, much of this is beyond the control of the distributor, but that is no relief for the retailer. Many of the more adventurous retailers and merchants have decided to look after their own destiny by obtaining exclusivities, or by creating their own brand which they totally control. This latter path has been taken by Ivan Tvrdeich an Auckland-based wine merchant and of Manly Liquor, Whangaparaoa, who has sourced wine through brokers with his own style criteria to create the ‘de Vine' label and wines for the ‘Boutique Wine Co.'. The key to long term success and repeat sales is to ensure the wines are of high quality. I review the first set of wines here. For trade enquiries, contact Ivan Tvrdeich on Tel: 021 107-5261 or email: [email protected]
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
de Vine Nelson Chardonnay 2010Chardonnay from New Zealand - NelsonReview Date : 09-Aug-2012Full, light golden-yellow colour with some depth. This has a softly full nose of ripe tropical and citrus fruits with buttery MLF notes, still quite tightly bound, and concentrated. Medium-bodied, this is up-front with a good core of citrussy fruit revealing layers of butterscotch MLF flavours and nutty oak. The palate is rich and smooth with a round, creamy mouthfeel and balanced acidity adding to the line and drive. The deep flavours carry through to a sustained finish of tropical fruits and butter. This is an up-front, smooth and buttery Chardonnay with citrussy fruit flavours. Serve with roast chicken and pork over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from Nelson, WBP and barrel-fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 80% French oak, one-quarter new, and 20% American oak, one-fifth new, the wine aged on lees, and 80% undergoing MLF. 500 cases made. 17.5/20 Aug 2012 RRP $17.99
de Vine Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009Pinot Noir from New Zealand - OtagoReview Date : 09-Aug-201285% Gibbston fruit and 15% Bannockburn, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine on skins 15 days, then aged 10 months in seasoned French oak. Moderately deep, garnet-hued red with some bricking on edge. The bouquet is full with savoury mushroom and red berry fruit aromas, complexed by notes of game and brown spices and earth. Medium-full bodied, plump red plum and savoury, secondary undergrowth, herb and game flavours are supported by soft, grainy tannins and discreet acidity providing good mouthfeel and structure. This has liveliness and tension through the mid-palate, the finish textured and drying, and with some length. This is a full, flavoursome Pinot Noir with savoury secondary development flavours and the freshness to keep 3-4+ years. Match with mushroom and game meat. 320 cases made. 17.5-/20 Aug 2012 RRP $19.99
de Vine Martinborough Pinot Noir 2009Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & WellingtonReview Date : 09-Aug-2012Deep garnet-red colour with some bricking on rim. Elegant, fresh and lifted aromas of ripe red berry and cherry fruit aromas are expressed with savoury herb nuances and a little resiny oak. Medium-bodied, this is elegant and slender in proportion, with bright, sweet red berry fruits lifted with dark red floral elements. Fine-grained tannins and gentle acidity provide a balanced and fine textured mouthfeel, and the wine flows smoothly to a reserved, but detailed fruit-nuanced finish with moderate length. An elegant, well-proportioned Pinot Noir with fresh fruit and balance. Match with Mediterranean-inspired red meat dishes over the next 4-5+ years. Martinborough fruit, Abel and Dijon clones, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine on skins 20 days, then aged 16 months in 15% new French oak barrels. 200 cases made. 17.5/20 Aug 2012 RRP $19.99
de Vine Barossa Shiraz 2010Syrah from Australia - South AustraliaReview Date : 09-Aug-2012Very full, near saturated black-red colour with purple hues, youthful in appearance. The bouquet is light and somewhat reserved at present, but showing well-ripened black berry fruits with black pepper and liquorice aromas providing some volume. Medium-full bodied, soft and elegant flavours of black fruits, spicy plums and oak run gently across the palate. The tannin extraction is moderate, enabling approachability with some alcohol warmth adds generosity. This has good acid balance which contributes to a juicy, fine-textured, lingering finish with spicy nuances. While a little shy at present, this Shiraz is ripe and juicy and easy to drink. Match with Middle Eastern cuisine and with slow-cooked meats over the next 4-5+ years. Shiraz from the High Eden district, fermented to 13.6% alc, with 5 day pump over, the wine aged 18 months in French and American oak barrels. 210 cases made. 16.5+/20 Aug 2012 RRP $19.99