Secondary Selections Star for Fine Wine Delivery Co.
With Matt Deller as the Wine Programme Director for the Fine Wine Delivery Co., the secondary selections have never been better. With a strong track record of dealing with high profile wine producers who have made available quantities of wine that are excess to requirements or not fitting in with the preferred house style, the Fine Wine Delivery Co. has managed to offer some very good value wines of high quality that are labelled ‘Incognito' or as secondary tiers. Matt Deller and his tasting panel have taken a rigorous approach in choosing such wines, with obvious benefits for their clientele. Here are two such selected wines. www.finewinedelivery.co.nz
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Heart of Gold Gisborne Chardonnay 2011Chardonnay from New Zealand - GisbornReview Date : 26-Oct-2012This ‘Black Label' Heart of Gold wine is an exclusive bottling, set at a tier below that of the usual white label wines, for the FWDC by Steve Voysey of Spade Oak in Gisborne. Chardonnay fruit from the ‘Golden Slope', the ‘Spade Oak' site and from a contract grower, stainless-steel fermented to 12.5% alc, partially by wild yeasts, the wine aged 6 months in seasoned French oak barrels with lees contact and 14% MLF. Bright, deep, light golden-straw colour, pale on edge. The nose is soft, full and broad with ripe, savoury citrus fruit and yellow stonefruits interwoven with nuts and butter, and toast notes unfolding. Medium-full bodied, flavours of ripe, savoury citrus fruit, exotic tropical fruits, nuts and a complex resiny-toasty oak amalgam fill the mouth with good density. A smooth, creamy mouthfeel is a feature of the palate, and crisp acidity provides good, balancing liveliness and energy. The flavours flow seamlessly to a fulsome, dry finish that blossoms with oak toast. This is a full, open, creamy textured and flavoursome Chardonnay with savoury fruit matched by strong toasty oak. Match with roasted poultry and pork dishes over the next 3 years. 17.0+/20 Oct 2012 RRP $14.99
Gravel Ridge Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & WellingtonReview Date : 26-Oct-2012A selection of 20 barrels from 78 made, by Matt Deller of the Fine Wine Delivery Co. Clones 114, 115, 667 and 777 from the ‘Highfold' blocks of the ‘Blue Rock' vineyard at Murdoch James, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged in French oak approx. one-third new. Even ruby-red colour with light purple hues on rim. This has a softly full bouquet of light, red berry fruits along with dark red florals, herbs and oak toast nuances, showing good depth. Full-bodied, the fruit expression is a little restrained, showing flavours of savoury dark red berry and cherry fruits and underlying herbal elements, the oaking unintrusive. Some alcohol warmth is noticeable, contributing to the weight and presence on the palate. Modest tannin extraction allied to balanced acidity provides a supple liveliness and vibrancy to the mouthfeel, carrying lush, savoury red fruit notes to the finish. This is a fulsome, supple, savoury fruited Pinot Noir with some alcohol warmth and power. Match with pasta, pizza and pork over the next 3-4 years. 16.5+/20 Oct 2012 RRP $19.99 A selection of 20 barrels from 78 made. Clones 114, 115, 667 and 777 from the ‘Highfold' blocks of the ‘Blue Rock' vineyard at Murdoch James, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged in French oak approx. one-third new. Moderately deep ruby-red colour with light purple hues on edge. This has a softly full nose with dark berry fruit aromas along with savoury herb and earth interest. Medium-bodied, the flavours are full, up-front and open, showing savoury dark berry fruits intermixed with dark herb and game notes. The acidity is bight and provides some juciness. While the extraction is modest, but there is some alcohol drive. The wine finishes with fine dry textures, the tannins emerging. This is a fresh fruited, typically savoury nuanced Martinborough Pinot Noir to serve with poultry and pork over the next 3+ years. 16.5/20 May 2012 RRP $19.95