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.
Currently more Burgundy than Oregon but a further 12 to 24 months bottle age will bring this Chardonnay back home. Reticent at first, but then unfurling with a little aeration with subtle mineral notes, spice and flint. There seems more tension than previous vintages. I imagine richer notes will emerge over the course of the next 3-5 years.
The 2013 Estate Chardonnay offers notes of fresh peaches, pears and spiced apples with an undercurrent of baker's yeast. Light to medium-bodied, it is clean and fresh and yet with good primary fruit intensity, which should develop gracefully over the next 5-7 years.
Another amazing Riesling from the Alsace and an absolute steel to boot! Rolly Gassmann has a unique style and his wines are mini masterpieces. This Riesling is full of poise, elegance and ripeness. The nose has notes of lime fruit with honey, acacia and mineral undertones. The palate is where it comes into its own however; lush, ripe and voluptuous to the extreme.
With a little aeration the 2011 reveals scents of red cherries and bilberry, with fine delineation. The palate is well-balanced with crisp acidity, has a lightness of touch and a skip in its step.
Floral, expressive nose and notes of apricot and peach on the palate with a lovely roundness and a fresh, refined finish. A stunning blend of Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Roussanne and Viognier.
Bright, pure, elegant and refined; concentrated, yet light on the palate. The nose exhibits aromas of citrus and green apple with a chalky mineral complexity. The palate is crisp with flavours of grapefruit and hints of honeysuckle.
Best 2015 Pinot Noir, 97 Points & Trophy at International Cool Climate Wine Awards
Bright cherry red. Perfumed cherry and raspberry, seasoned by bouquet garni and savoury, piquant spice. A complex palate delivers layers of flavour around a core of dark fruit characters, cherry stone flavours and fraises des bois, smokiness and red fruit, candied scents and vanilla oak, lingering finish on a length of silky, refined tannins.
International Wine Challenge: Bronze Winner 2012
94 Points - James Halliday.
Relatively light, although healthy, colour; the expressive, perfumed bouquet of cassis leads into a finely balanced and shaped palate, with cassis, redcurrant and plum all in play; the finish and aftertaste are particularly impressive.
Full-bodied and a step up in concentration levels compared to the 2013 with layers of honey, honeysuckle, peaches, apricots, marmalade and butter notes, which cover every facet of your palate. This deeply concentrated yet vibrant wine is one the most mesmerizing versions I have sampled from Stolpman. In fact, and as I declared with the 2013, this is without a doubt the best US Roussanne money can buy at this price and in the context of value, this is truly world-class...