Mud House South Island Pinot Gris 2012

Made from grapes sourced from the Waipara Valley (50%) and the remainder from Marlborough and Nelson, this New Zealand pinot gris has aromatics of pear and slightly candied lemon rind. ¬†The palate is verging on off dry with flavours reminding of sweet pears and lemon rind. ¬†The finish is short, and it presents as relativelyContinue reading “Mud House South Island Pinot Gris 2012”

Vistamar Brisa Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Everyone’s making sauvignon blanc these days. ¬†From Chile’s Central Valley, this budget priced sauvignon blanc resembles neither an offering from New Zealand nor France. ¬†Sui generis perhaps. ¬†It presents strangely enough almost like an off dry riesling. ¬†Its aromatics remind of lemon and lime, with lifted floral notes. ¬†The palate tastes off dry and hasContinue reading “Vistamar Brisa Sauvignon Blanc 2012”

Arrowleaf Pinot Gris 2012

The May 2014 issue of Decanter picked up on an issue that I mused about a little while ago, namely whether there are too many wine subregions in the world. ¬†This pinot gris from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia in Canada had me thinking about this again for a slightly different reason, namely whetherContinue reading “Arrowleaf Pinot Gris 2012”

Domaine Joseph Faiveley Vosne-Romanée 2010

A village wine from the prestigious Vosne-Roman√©e appellation in the C√īte de Nuits, Joseph Faiveley’s 2010 underachieved a little for my palate. ¬†It is a pale intensity ruby colour in the glass and has aromatics of simple cherries, stones and some earth. ¬†The palate is dry, has towards high acidity, light tannins, and an agreeableContinue reading “Domaine Joseph Faiveley Vosne-Roman√©e 2010”

Waipara Hills Pinot Noir 2012

You, like me, may have the feeling that New Zealand is well represented with wine regions beginning with “W”. ¬†The Waipara region under discussion here is situated north of Christchurch in New Zealand’s south island, and is known for pinot noir, riesling, gewurtztraminer, pinot gris and viognier, among other varieties. ¬†It’s not to be confusedContinue reading “Waipara Hills Pinot Noir 2012”

Leo Buring Leonay Riesling 1994

There aren’t many table wines that you can (mostly) confidently drink at 19 years of age. ¬†Dry rieslings from the Eden Valley and Clare Valley are such wines, and probably deserve more credit than they get. ¬†The 1994 “Leonay” riesling from Leo Buring is made from Eden Valley fruit, and 1994 was a good vintageContinue reading “Leo Buring Leonay Riesling 1994”