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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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Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2006

Medium-deep red with a touch of brick. Lovely ripe nose, dark cherry, cedar and chocolate. Ripe, full wine with great pinot character and oak and acid in balance, and secondary earth/forest notes there. Long complex finish. Wonderful! Martinborough, New Zealand … Continue reading

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Tirohana Grand Master Platinum Pinot Noir 2005

Medium deep bright red right to the edge. Chocolatey nose, quite elegant and complex; some sweet cherry and a touch of plum. Palate a touch thin after the nose; good character and pinot fruit with some lovely florals; smooth tannins. … Continue reading

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Dry River Gewürztraminer 2006

Lovely golden colour. Rich, deep, sweet nose with rose petal florals and Turkish delight with a little sweet vanilla. Wonderful rich, raisiny, thick palate with ripe peaches and rose/Turkish delight but all in balance. Long, long finish. This is a … Continue reading

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Schubert Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Yes – a 2007 and still very much alive. A small percentage spent five months on old oak (according to the website), and it makes this wine. It’s developed but towards stone and tropical fruits, not the typical Sauv blanc … Continue reading

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Margrain Chenin Blanc 2006

Touch of sweet straw, grass, and citrus and stone fruits on the nose; mirrored on the palate, with lovely lemon and lime. A hint of sugar and then clean acid cutting through. Fruit stays on the finish. Maturing nicely. Easily … Continue reading

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Palliser Estate Martinborough Riesling 2007

Delicious and just coming into its own. Good citrus characters and acid backbone in balance with a gentle sprinkling of ripe fruit sugars. A hint of mineral/kerosene in there too. Just 12% alcohol, and a few more years ahead of … Continue reading

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Schubert Cabernet/Merlot 2006

Delicious blackcurrant and perfume nose – almost like there’s a touch of Cab Franc in there. Palate matches nose – delicate, black fruits, plum, and vanilla and chocolate notes. Tannin and acid are balanced. Alcohol heat there just a little too much (14.5% … Continue reading

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