Richmond Plains – Working with Nature
The Richmond Plains label has undergone a change to better reflect its philosophy of ‘working with nature’. Previously with a black label featuring a single koru, the new label is white and very clean with a revised logo comprising seven koru in a circular spiral grouping and incorporated a finer font. Proprietor Lars Jensen has emphasised his natural approach which reflects the certified biodynamic and organic status of his vineyard. Biodiversity of flora and fauna has been encouraged, and Lars only uses natural sprays, avoids excess nitrogen and wants the vines to develop deep roots. Environmental awareness and recycling includes composting from the vineyard and stock and the use of lightweight bottles and packaging, and the work is all done following the rhythms of nature!
The label change includes the introduction of the ‘Blue Moon’ tier as the ‘Reserve’ styled Sauvignon Blanc. ‘Blue Moon’ refers to the astronomical rarity of two full moons in one month as well as the Blue Moon butterfly, which has an association with Richmond Plains’ sponsorship of the Monarch Butterfly N.Z. Trust. This Sauvignon Blanc wine as well as the Pinot Noir are New Zealand’s only certified Demeter biodynamic wines, these also being certified BioGro organic. Here are my reviews of two Richmond Plains wines under the new label. www.richmondplains.co.nz
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Richmond Plains Nelson Blanc de Noir 2012Rose from New Zealand - NelsonReview Date : 18-Apr-2013100% Pinot Noir, hand-picked on a Flower days on the biodynamic calendar, and also on winemaker Steve Gill’s birthday! WBP fermented in stainless-steel to 13.1% alc. and 9.5 g/L rs, the wine spending 3 months on lees. Certified BioGro Organic, suitable for vegans. Bright, faded blush on straw-yellow colour. This has a softly fresh, matty nose of yellow stonefruit aromas with subtle hints of red berry fruit, watermelon and flinty lees, a good core becoming revealed in the glass. Off-dry to taste, bright but delicate flavours of red florals and soft red berry fruits are presented with a degree of sweetness and succulence. The mouthfeel suggest unctuousness, but is balanced and cut by crisp and racy acidity. A very fine textural line is present, and along with the underlying acidity, guides the palate to a dry, lingering finish with floral nuances. This is an off-dry blush style with subtly sweet flavours and a racy mouthfeel. Serve as an aperitif, with antipasto and in al fresco dining situations over the next two years. 17.5/20 Apr 2013 RRP $19.99
Richmond Plains ‘Blue Moon’ Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2012Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - NelsonReview Date : 10-Jan-2014Full, bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues. The bouquet is tight and concentrated with an aromatic amalgam of green stonefruits, nectarines and herbs, along with a subtle oak infusion that grows, but allows the fruit to feature. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the flavours of stonefruits, nectarines and herbs are complexed by spicy notes and oak, and build to a deep core. The palate features a fine-textured mouthfeel and line, with fresh underlying acidity providing liveliness, cut and drive. The concentrated flavours carry through to a very long and sustained finish with freshness and a fine textural thread of herbs and spicy oak. This is an elegant, complex, oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with fine concentration. Serve with herb-marinated white meat dishes over the next 3 years. Fruit hand-picked on an Earth day, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented in 300 L French oak hogsheads to 13.0% alc. and 3 g/L RS, the wine aged in these barrels, 15% new, the wine undergoing batonnage and 40% MLF. Vegan wine, certified BioGro organic and Demeter biodynamic. 18.0/20 Jan 2014 RRP $25.00 Brilliant lemon-hued straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim. The bouquet is tightly concentrated and slender in proportion with penetrating aromas of spicy oak prevalent over nectarine and greengage fruit notes. Fresh herb and mineral elements unfold. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, this is elegant and sleek, with an intense flavour amalgam of spicy oak, gooseberries and nectarines and fresh herbs. The flavours flow smoothly across the palate, the liveliness enhanced by brisk acidity. Fruit sweetness is balanced by a fine textural thread which carries the flavours to a very long and sustained, dry, granular finish. This is a very tight and youthfully brisk, oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with prominent oak spiciness. Some bottle-age will see the fruit unfold to provide balance. Match with herb-marinated roasted seafood and poultry dishes over the next 3+ years. Hand-picked Sauvignon Blanc fruit on an Earth day on the biodynamic calendar, WBP and barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc. and 3 g/L, and aged 10 months in 300 L French hogsheads, 15% new. The wine underwent batonnage with approx. 40% MLF. Certified BioGro Organic and Cetrtified Demeter Biodynamic, suitable for vegans. 17.0+/20 Apr 2013 RRP $24.9