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Wine tasting notes.

Waipara Riesling Challenge Larry McKenna 2010

Green-gold. Some petrol but nose otherwise a bit dull. Sweet style with petrol on the palate, some acid but a touch cloying; an off unclean character too – bit oxidised perhaps? Finish is caramel with only a hint of fruit. … Continue reading

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Waipara Riesling Challenge Matt Donaldson 2010

Green-gold. Touch of petrol with lemon and lime notes. Lovely balance of clean acid, sweetness and fruit; touch of honey with limes and bright lemon. Finishes long, clean and moreish. Excellent wine and the top in the Challenge. Waipara, New … Continue reading

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Waipara Riesling Challenge John Forrest 2010

Very light straw. Kerosene prominent; lemons and limes. Medium-dry, florals and a touch of kerosene; quite light on the palate, good acid and structure. Delicate finish of florals and citrus. A very nice wine. Waipara, New Zealand 17.5/20 [tasted 06-04-2012] … Continue reading

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Waipara Riesling Challenge Mike Brown 2010

Light gold. Light florals, lime and other citrus. Medium sweet, more floral than citrus, balanced and feminine with a lovely little petrol character in the background. Lovely balanced finish. Delightful wine. Waipara, New Zealand 17/20 [tasted 10-03-2012] www.rieslingchallenge.co.nz Mike Brown … Continue reading

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Waipara Riesling Challenge Simon McGeorge 2010

Clear light gold. Nice Riesling nose, some light petrol aromas too but all a bit reserved. Failrly sweet and a bit light on flavour. Finish is mid-length. A good light summer wine but nothing special. Waipara, New Zealand 15.5/20 [tasted … Continue reading

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Waipara Riesling Challenge Patrick Materman 2010

Medium gold. Fresh lemon/citrus, some honey sweet fragrance and a little petrol. On the palate there is an unclean musty character, petrol is there but little fruit. Very short. This wine appears overly advanced and is out of balance. Waipara, … Continue reading

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Waipara Riesling Challenge Matt Dicey 2010

Light gold. Floral with lime and lemon notes. Nice balance of sweetness and acid; not complex but varietal. Fairly long. A good wine. Waipara, New Zealand 17/20 [tasted 17-02-2012] www.rieslingchallenge.co.nz Matt Dicey Bought from www.blackmarket.co.nz. The case of 12 (one … Continue reading

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Waipara Riesling Challenge Jules Taylor 2010

Very clear, just a hint of green gold. Nose reserved with just a hint of lemon. Palate reflects the nose and is a bit thin; quite sweet but lacks fruit. Finish average and dies quickly when the citrus goes. A … Continue reading

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Church Road Tom McDonald Chardonnay 2006

Yellow gold with a hint of green. Mealy notes, ripe stonefruits, smoke and nuts; wonderful complex nose. Complexity on the palate too with primary stonefruit, malo and oak with secondary characters that reflect the nose: smoke, nuts and bready yeast. … Continue reading

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Schubert Block B Pinot Noir 2008

Medium deep red robe, still fresh and bright. Meaty notes and dark cherries and red fruits/plum; a bright floral sweetness there too. Elegant, feminine (as in classy) wine that’s in balance; clean, fruits reflect those on the nose (cherries, plums) along … Continue reading

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