Georges Road Vineyard 2011 Reds


I've been highly impressed with the white wines from Kirk Bray's vineyard off Georges Road in the Waipara Valley. The delicacy of style shows a deft hand in retaining subtleties of fruit and excellent phenolic management. (Click here to read my latest reviews of his 2011 Riesling and Pinot Gris.) I see Kirk as a winemaker who has the ability to craft some superb Waipara wines from his vineyard, such that I paid him a visit last week. (Click here to see my report on visiting.) His 8 ha vineyard is planted 50% to Riesling and 25% each to Pinot Gris and Syrah. He sources his Pinot Noir from the ‘Williams Hill' vineyard at Blacks Avenue just a few minutes drive away from his own site. Here are my reviews of the 2011 red wines, from what is generally perceived as a difficult vintage. Kirk has produced two elegant wines with lively fruit definition and accessibility. www.georgesroadwines.co.nz

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