Incognito – What Are These Masked Wines?
The ‘Incognito' brand is the disguised wine label for the Fine Wine Delivery Co. The identity of the producers will always remain an in-house secret so we'll never get an answer to the question of what the wines actually are. From around 30 producers asked to submit wine excess to their requirements for the Incognito range, a selection is made by the Fine Wine Delivery Co. tasting panel consisting of Matt Deller, Chris Williams and Andrew Bulman for the best wine of the variety or style. The wines are offered at prices which are considerably lower than what they would be if released under the producers' label. A win-win situation for producer, the retailer and the consumer is thus on the cards. The new release ‘Incognito' wines are reviewed here. www.finewinedelivery.co.nz
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Incognito Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Brut NVSparkling Wine from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 27-Sep-2011Bright straw-yellow with a pale edge to the colour, with a moderately persistent bead. This has an elegantly proportioned nose of stonefruits and nuts, and light, bready autolysis, with good depth and a dried fruits complexity. Dry on palate, this has a firmness and fine textural grip contributing to body and weight. The flavours are a complex amalgam of stonefruits, nuts, autolysis and aldehyde elements, kept lively by good effervescence. The wine is gently crisp from restrained acidity. A blend of 79% Chardonnay, 21% Pinot Noir, all Marlborough fruit, fermented to 12.5% alc. with 5 g/L dosage. The wine spent 25 months on lees. A dry methode with some complexing interest to match with antipasto and grilled seafood over the next 2-3+ years. 17.5/20 Sep 2011 RRP $17.99
Incognito Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 27-Sep-2011Fruit from sites in the Lower Wairau Valley and the Rapaura sub-region, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 3.4 g/L rs. Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with green hues. This has a full, open nose with good volume, the ripe gooseberry and passionfruit aromatics with an ethereal expression, quite restrained and with a degree of subtlety. Dry, full and with a rounded mouthfeel, the fruit flavours are gently expressed initially, but open out revealing sweet gooseberry and tropical fruit notes that linger on a sustained finish. An up-front and mouthfilling wine retaining some stylish restraint. Match with Mediterranean seafood and poultry dishes over the next 2 years. 18.0-/20 Sep 2011 RRP $14.99
Incognito Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009Pinot Noir from New Zealand - OtagoReview Date : 27-Sep-2011Full ruby-red colour with some garnet on edge. This has a soft, full, dense nose of ripe and fresh cherry and berry aromas along with some oak lift backing the fruit. Medium-full bodied, this has bright and rich dark red berry and cherry flavours along with spicy oak nuances forming a dense and concentrated core. The tannin extraction has yielded a supple texture and soft acidity adds to the richness and solidness of the palate. A fulsome and well-fruited wine to serve with duck, pork and Middle Eastern lamb dishes over the next 4-6 years. Lowburn and Pisa Flats fruit from certified organic sites, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in seasoned French oak. 18.5-/20 Sep 2011 RRP $17.99