International Wine Challenge: Gold 2017
97 Points - Bob Campbell "Dense and powerful Syrah with impressively rich flavours of chocolate, plum/dark berry, liquorice, cracked black pepper and spicy oak. I rate it slightly ahead of the more structured and highly celebrated wine from the 2013 vintage and I believe it will cellar at least as well despite being more accessible now.
19.5 Points - Raymond Chan "Very dark, full, near saturated black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is tight and concentrated with rich and sweetly ripe aromas of black berried fruits and black plums with a fine and integrated amalgam of black pepper, and black and violet florals, unveiling subtle layers of spicy and nutty oak and nuance of iron-earth. This is beautifully proportioned and refined in expression. Medium-full bodied, the fruit is tightly bound but clearly rich and succulent, showing flavours of ripe blackberries and black plums with hints of blueberries along with liquorice melded with black pepper, iron-earth and subtle black florals. This has a concentrated core with linear drive and energy, the fruit balanced by fine-grained, significant tannin structure and fresh, integrated acidity. The wine flows with textural finesse and succulence, leading to a long and sustained, vibrant finish. This is a concentrated Syrah with ripe black fruits along with complex black pepper and iron-earth nuances balanced by fine structure."
98 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit "A wine of total seduction, the gloriously perfumed bouquet shows dark plum, blueberry, floral and game with nuances of cedar and black pepper. The palate is powerful and sumptuous, and delivers waves of delectable fruit flavours, enhanced by velvety texture and loads of supple tannins. Compelling and formidable, while remaining pure and true to its origin. From their Omahu Gravels and Twyford Gravels vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels district. At its best: 2018 to 2032."
Dense and powerful Syrah with impressively rich flavours of chocolate, plum/dark berry, liquorice, cracked black pepper and spicy oak. I rate it slightly ahead of the more structured and highly celebrated wine from the 2013 vintage and I believe it will cellar at least as well despite being more accessible now.
Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass
The Zalto Universal glass is recommended for richer, oaked Sauvignon Blancs such as Hughes & Hughes Barrel & Skins, white Graves or Semillon/Sauvignon blends as well as young and non-vintage Champagne. The Zalto Universal is a very good 'all-rounder', designed for all types of wine but in our opinion may not maximize the potential of certain wines quite as much as the Bordeaux or Burgundy glass.
Vidal Estate based in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand was started in 1905 by Anthony Joseph Vidal, a young emigrant from Spain. He was one of the first winemakers to appreciate the area and see the potential it had for growing vines, this coupled with his sense of adventure, passion and creativity saw the beginning of something sensational. Today Vidal Estate who are still situated on the original plot in Hawkes Bay produce elegant wines using traditional techniques coupled with modern technology. They focus on strong regional characteristics which given the location, diverse landscape and high temperatures is nothing short of delicious.
Vidal wines have featured in our portfolio for several years and we have been delighted with the consistent quality. More recently, we sampled their 'Legacy' range, which and to be perfectly blunt, were simply amazing – Perhaps some of the best wines we have sampled out of New Zealand for a very long time. Their awards and pundit scores are justified but nevertheless, quite difficult to take in when you examine them all in detail. We have never seen so many consistently, high-scoring wines from one producer and are over the moon to add these to our portfolio. Vidal was also recently named 'Winery Of The Year 2017' by Raymond Chan which, is quite the achievement.
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