Mt Olympus ‘WhaleBone Bay’ Releases
The Mt Olympus wine operation is well-established in the on-line channel of marketing, with many of the brands sold through the likes of www.blackmarket.co.nz While many are still feeling their way in this area, Mt Olympus has a track record of operating successfully. Much of the success can be attributed to the ensuring of consistently good quality wines. Alana McGettigan of Kiwi-Oeno looks after the winemaking, and brands that were new are growing in recognition to become labels of good repute. The Mt Olympus ‘WhaleBone Bay' is one. Named after Port Underwood, the shores of which were littered with old whale bone remnants, the label recalls the pioneering spirit of the whalers.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
WhaleBone Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2011Chardonnay from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 01-May-2012100% Marlborough fermented partially in oak to 13.5% alc., and a portion undergoing MLF. Brilliant pale straw-yellow colour with green hues, pale on edge. The nose is fresh, clean and tight with citrus and white stonefruit aromas, revealing some flint and mineral notes of interest. Medium-bodied, light citrus fruit flavours with a steely edge show on a well-balanced, lively palate. The wine is softly textured with some creaminess and hints of butterscotch. The flavours are carried to a crisp, sustained finish with subtle buttery nuances. This is a well-made, elegant Chardonnay with freshness and appealing creamy hints to match with seafood and poultry over the next 3+ years. 16.0+/20 Apr 2012 RRP $18.99
WhaleBone Bay Marlborough Riesling 2010Riesling from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 01-May-2012Bright straw-yellow colour, pale on rim. The bouquet has soft and delicate aromas of lime and lemon with a chalky nuance. Off-dry, distinctive fruit flavours of lemons, tangerines and exotic florals form a rich core to the palate. This has good presence. The weight and depth is balanced and enlivened by brisk acidity. Softly textured through the mid-palate, the flavours flow to a dry and lingering finish with citrus zest notes and lacy, refreshing acidity. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian cuisine over the next 3+ years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented to 11.6% alc. and 8.6 g/L rs. 17.5-/20 Apr 2012 RRP $18.99