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.
The Doisy-Daëne Blanc Sec 2014 has a pleasant, refined bouquet with scents of green apple intermingling with lime and granitic scents. The palate is taut and fresh with a sharpline of acidity and a penetrating malic finish that leaves the palate feeling totally refreshed and asking for more. Very fine.
95 Points – Bob Campbell
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.
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.
Made in a semidried, Vin Santo style where the grapes are handpicked at optimum ripeness and acid balance, they are then placed on racks and dried before crushing and fermenting. This wine has no botrytis or fortification. Sublimely sweet and rich, bursting with pure pear, pineapple and cream aromas and flavours. A refined acid structure balances the sweetness to give a lingering, velvety finish.
90 Points - Antonio Galloni
The highlight in this range from Foxglove, the 2014 Chardonnay packs a serious punch for the money. Bright, juicy and exuberant, the Foxglove Chardonnay will thrill readers looking for a budget-priced Chardonnay. Lemon peel, white flowers and mint meld together in a rich, beautifully layered Chardonnay long on class. Aging in steel and blocked malolactic fermentation keep the flavors bright, but there is no shortage of depth or intensity. This is a fabulous wine, especially considering its modest price.
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.
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.
90 Points - Luis Gutierrez (erobertparker.com)
The nose is quite serious and balanced showing moderate effect of the yeasts and oak, waxy aromas of apples, hints of honeycomb, fennel and licorice. The palate is quite fresh and surprisingly fruit-driven with good acidity and clean flavors. It's approachable and should also be able to age and improve in bottle for a few years. Quite impressed!