Those eagle eyed Decanter readers may have spotted the unprecedented score for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (August 2017 Edition).
The Marlborough producer, Auntsfield has been awarded a colossal 98 points for their 2016 single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, the same score awarded by Decanter for the 2016 Bordeaux En-Primeur’s – Chateaux Mouton Rothschild, Pichon Lalande & Figeac...
For wines full of character and high in tannins. Accentuates potency, concentration, extract and tannins.
Ideal for: Bordeaux, Pinot Noir, Rioja, Brunello, Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Zinfandel and Sangiovese.
The 2017 harvest, which started in the middle of October, was the earliest anyone can remember, thanks largely to the drought caused by ‘Lucifer’, the heatwave creating a state of emergency in 11 regions. The long, dry summer also resulted in small olives, as they contained little water. The positive aspect of this was that initial pessimism about quantities was somewhat alleviated by a higher than average yield of oil. At Capezzana, for instance, they had a yield of 17.5 litres from every 100 kilos of olives, while last year they only extracted 15.5 litres.
94 Points - James Halliday
Good colour; clearly defined raspberry fruit is backed seamlessly by spicy shiraz, and meaty mataro; the palate is lively, and exhibits pronounced perfume; tightly focused and very inviting on the juicy finish.
95 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The Dead Arm Shiraz 2005 is opaque purple/black with an expansive perfume of toast, smoke, spice box, mineral, pencil lead, tar, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, opulent, and super-concentrated, this structured, lengthy wine drink well through 2025.
94 Points - Antonio Galloni
The 2013 Zinfandel Geyserville is every bit as fabulous from bottle as it was from barrel last year. Ripe and voluptuous on the palate - yet with a super-classic conception of structure, the 2013 offers superb depth and impeccable overall balance. Waves of dark red cherry, pomegranate, spice, tobacco lead to more savory/ferrous notes that develop in the glass. Saline notes give the 2013 much of its energy and vivacity. This is a tremendous effort from Ridge.
International Wine Challenge: Gold 2017
Decanter World Wine Awards: Silver 2017
Deep crimson-purple; whereas the '11 had to fight every inch of the way, this wine displays almost contemptuous ease in the way it has marshalled the layers of black fruits and ripe tannins that soak up the new oak inputs. This will be one of the long-lived, great Black Labels.
95 Points - James Halliday
Classic restraint; blackcurrant, cassis and blackberry, subliminal earth; perfect tannin structure and oak handling. Cork.
93+ Points - Ian D'Agata (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.