Parcel 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Pinot Noir in 1.5 Litre Casks
Generally cask wine has a lesser image than bottled wine, but there are notable exceptions. The ‘Parcel’ range of 1.5 litre cask wine was devised to offer bottle quality wine, in a packaging with proven benefits. For the consumer is the ease of opening and ability to keep and store the wine in a convenient form, as well as a very good life once opened, in the case of the ‘Parcel’ wines, 6 weeks! For the producer and reseller are the advantages of easy display and higher profit margins. And for the planet, bag-in-the-box casks have a lower carbon footprint than bottles.
The key to the success of the cask wine is their quality to value ratio, and Chris and Richard have made efforts to access wine that will offer that. They consider the wines to be at the level of quality grocery wine. Here, I review the 2016 Parcel Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Canterbury Pinot Noir. The wines were packaged at a Canterbury facility before send being sent north to the Cave du Cochon warehouse. www.parcelwine.co
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Parcel Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 19-Dec-2016Bright, very pale yellow colour, lighter on the edge. The nose is fresh and gently up-front with attractively aromatic passionfruit and tropical fruit notes, along with some gooseberry and fresh herb elements. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate possesses soft flavours of ripe passionfruit and tropical fruits with subtle fresh herb and gooseberry elements. The palate is moderately full and shows soft, dry textures that lend a degree of presence, and light, refreshing acidity which enhances the fruit sweetness. The wine carries easily to a dry, fine-textured finish with light passionfruit and gooseberry nuances. This is a gentle and softly presented, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with aromatic passionfruit and tropical fruit flavours on a dry, light-textured palate. Serve with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 18 months. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and approx. 4 g/L RS. (1.5 Litre Bag in the Box Cask) 16.0+/20 Dec 2016 RRP $29.95
Parcel Canterbury Pinot Noir 2015Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & WaiparaReview Date : 19-Dec-2016Even ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with aromas of savoury red berry fruits and notes of mulberries entwined with subtle dark and dried herbs, some undergrowth, and a nutty oak and oxidative amalgam. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has light flavours of savoury red berry fruits alongside dried herbs, a little undergrowth and nutty nuances. The mouthfeel is soft in texture with light tannin extraction, and the acidity integrated with the mellow structure. The wine carries with some energy to a light red fruited finish with herb, earth and nutty nuances. This is a soft Pinot Noir with light flavours of savoury red fruits, dried herbs and nutty oak and oxidative hints. Serve with antipasto, pasta and risotto over the next 18 months to 2 years. Canterbury fruit fermented with 20% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in French oak barriques. (1.5 Litre Bag in the Box Cask) 15.5/20 Dec 2016RRP $37.95