Queensberry 2014 and The Lazy Dog 2013 Central Otago Chenin Blanc
Diana and Dean have made progress, becoming nearly self-reliant at their cellar door and bistro, and pressed their first olive oil. They’ve become more hands-on with the viticulture and commissioned Jeff Sinnott to take over the winemaking with the 2014 employing the Maude winemaking facility as the wine volumes have grown. With 2014, has come their new label, ‘Queensberry’, which supports the growing Queensberry winegrowing district which has four vineyards – their own ‘Lazy Dog’, ‘Fishhook’, ‘Two Degrees’ and ‘Archangel’. For 2015, they intend to extend the Chenin Blanc variants to have the ‘Queensberry’ wine supported by a sweeter style called ‘Sweet on Chenin’ and a blend with their Gewurztraminer to be named ‘Clutha Chenin’. It is wonderful seeing a venture with a difference grow.
Here, I review The Lazy Dog Chenin Blanc 2013, made by Deb Cruickshank assisted by Jeff Sinnott, and the Queensberry Chenin Blanc 2014, made entirely by Jeff Sinnott. www.lazydog.co.nz
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
The Lazy Dog Queensberry Central Otago Chenin Blanc 2013Chenin Blanc from New Zealand - OtagoReview Date : 09-Sep-2014Bright, very pale straw colour, near colourless on rim. The bouquet is very tightly bound with steely aromas of white stonefruits, nuances of florals and honeysuckle and some free sulphur. The fruit expression is varietal, but is subdued and taut. Dry to taste, light but penetrating flavours of white stonefruits show with mineral and funky sulphur notes. A little honeysuckle adds a degree of succulence, and the palate follows a dry, textural thread that carries the wine to a light, crisp finish with some acid zestiness. This is a light, taut, dry and minerally Chenin Blanc reminiscent of wines from the Loire. Serve with shellfish over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the ‘Lazy Dog’ vineyard, vines 5 y.o., hand-picked and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc., and 11 g/L RS, with TA 8.2 g/L, with partial MLF. 200 cases made. 15.5/20 Sep 2014 RRP $23.00
Queensberry Central Otago Chenin Blanc 2014Chenin Blanc from New Zealand - OtagoReview Date : 09-Sep-2014Bright pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on rim. This has a fresh, aromatic and deep nose of exotic white flowers with honey and pear notes along with nuances of lifted fermentation esters. Off-dry to dry in taste, the palate features a good core of yellow stonefruits with delicate honied and esters notes. The fruit has sweetness which is balanced by a grainy, drying phenolic line which provides depth and mouthfilling presence and breadth. The mouthfeel has freshness and energy from background acidity, which carries the wine to a crisp, lingering finish with some sweetness. This is an aromatic, off-dry Chenin Blanc with honied flavours and a dry, textural line. Match with Asian cuisine over the next 2-3+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Lazy Dog’ vineyard from 6 y.o. vines, given some skin contact and cool-fermented in tank, with the pressings fermented in old oak with solids, to 12.9% alc. and 12.5 g/L RS, with TA 8.1 g/L. 295 cases made. 16.5/20 Sep 2014 RRP $23.00