The 2012 Pinot Gris Estate has a gram more acidity than the 2013 and a degree more alcohol at 13.8%. As such, it is more expressive on the nose with dried honey and grilled almond/smoke scents. The palate is clean and fresh with nectarine, dried quince, lemongrass and fennel, with a long and persistent finish that is very satisfying. Excellent–and a fantastic value to boot.
The grapes for this Pinot noir were grown high up in the Awatere Valley of Marlborough. The fruit was 100% hand harvested, wild fermented with indigenous yeast, then pressed off into French oak barrels where a full malolactic fermentation took place. Dark ruby red in colour, the aromas are plentiful - ripe dark fruit, cherry and plum are layered over subtle oaky notes. The palate is rich with intense fruit flavours seamlessly balanced with soft, velvety tannins.
93+ Points - Vinous (Antonio Galloni)
Pale bright straw-green. High-pitched aromas of cantaloupe and hazelnut complement sage, rosemary and green fig. Bright and juicy in the mouth, with a strong impression of extract enlivening the flavors of orange zest, botanical herbs and fresh fruit salad. This is the best Pecorino wine ever made by Tiberio, and it’s also the best, most varietally accurate Pecorino wine of the year.
18 Points - Raymond Chan
Bright straw-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the edge. The nose is softly full and gently up-front and voluminous with aromas of yellow stonefruits in an amalgam with white peaches and a subtle mealy and nutty overlay. Medium-full bodied, the palate is stylishly up-front with flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits and peaches with nutty and savoury mineral interest. The mouthfeel has fruit richness lending rounded textures and plenty of presence...
Fresh and lively with peach, pear and rocky mineral scents, the palate is layered with conference pear, green apple, white blossom, a touch of soft spice and a mineral freshness. There is considerable concentration and structure alongside a delicious salty quality leading to a long and elegant finish. This extremely appealing wine would partner well with almost any seafood dish.
This beautiful organic chenin blanc shows the house style of Jeremie Mourat perfectly. It has a lovely floral character with gentle hints of honey, pear and apple. Ripe, yet crisp it has a freshness that balances the fruit flavours effortlessly. A delicious and well-structured wine that is more that worth its price-tag.
91 Points – David Schildknecht (erobertparker.com)
The Eyrie 2011 Chardonnay is dominated by bright, juicy grapefruit and lime tinged with their piquant pips as well as with saliva-liberating salinity. Straight and penetrating as an arrow; amazingly buoyant (but then, there’s only 11.7% alcohol!). A streak of salinity serves to enhance the mouthwateringly sustained and invigorating finish. This outstanding value is apt to remain riveting through at least 2020 – a prognostication I venture with plenty of track record to back it up.
This is the original Mount Edward vineyard, planted in 1998-1999, though about two thirds of it was replanted after a consultant came to Otago and told them to replant some different stuff. Anyway, it’s sort of in an outwash of the glacier, a bit unique in that regard, and in one of the hottest places in Lowburn/Pisa, but gets cool air across it regularly. Winemaker Duncan Forsyth is giving me a low down, and the prior intel is the gist. “It’s Presbyterian where the wines around here are more Catholic, for the most part, though the Catholic wines do tend to get more interesting with time”, Forsyth says. Brilliant kick off; flint and slate, green apple, citrus blossom, ginger, lemongrass, touch of barely-there raw honeycomb. So much on. Crackles in the palate, crisp, tangy, pure, a wash of mineral-charged cold lemon-ginger-chamomile tea with bristling acidity and purity. It’s delicate, racy, imbued with personality and ribald in its drinkability. Lots to like. Very good.