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A vinous round up

Here is a vinous round up of wine notes that I, for one reason or another, have not been quick enough to type out individual posts on, but nonetheless ought to be commented upon.  There are some very good wines among these.  In re-reading them, it is a bit of vinous Noah’s Ark which, more…Continue readingA vinous round up

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Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Ten Minutes by Tractor have succeeded here with sauvignon blanc from the the Mornington Peninsula.  The grapes were whole bunch pressed, fermented with wild yeasts and saw ~9 months in old French oak.  More Pouilly-Fumé than Marlborough in style, the 2014 10X sauvignon blanc has stoney, saline aromatics.  The palate is fresh with notes of…Continue readingTen Minutes by Tractor 10X Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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Mud House Pinot Gris 2013

The Mudhouse Pinot Gris from the 2013 vintage has aromatics of pear, pear skin, spice, florals and reminds, more or less, of poivre eau-de-vie.  The palate straddles dry and off dry and is quite a full bodied and thick expression of pinot gris.  Heat, lemon peel and pear flavours fill out the remainder of the…Continue readingMud House Pinot Gris 2013

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Forrest Estate Chardonnay 2004

This 2004 vintage chardonnay from Forrest Estate in Marlborough has some age on it.  It has pungent aromatics of musk, florals, dried tropical fruit and even gooseberry.  (I tasted the wine blind, so this latter character was not an leap of logic based on the taste profile of the region’s more ubiquitious grape variety.)  On…Continue readingForrest Estate Chardonnay 2004

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Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2012

If Marlborough sauvignon blanc has a spectrum of flavour – let’s call it bright clean passionfruit fruit to slightly dank tinned vegetables – then this wine sits squarely in the middle as a melange of the two.  It opens to aromatics of mild asparagus and passionfruit.   Its palate continues this duality of expression with…Continue readingMud House Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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Giesen Riesling 2012

I like those “dry-medium dry-medium sweet-sweet” diagrams that now appear on a lot of riesling bottles.  That said, I have probably made more mistakes of the “oh my God it’s sweet kind” with German riesling than with Australian or across the Tasman pond versions.  In this case, the arrow is pointed at the lower end…Continue readingGiesen Riesling 2012

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Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012

I liked Giesen’s 2011 sauvignon blanc, but I found the 2012 a less appealing drink.  A pale intensity yellow in colour, it has aromatics of tinned asparagus, herbs and lemon.  The asparagus character softens a bit with time in the glass.   On the palate, asparagus, lemon, herbs, short length and high acid contributed a…Continue readingGiesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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Babich Sauvignon Blanc 2012

This Marlborough sauvignon blanc from the 2012 vintage from Babich is fairly typical of the style.  It is a pale intensity lemon-white in colour and has pronounced aromatics of gooseberry, with lesser notes of tinned asparagus, peas and lemons.  Asparagus and peas don’t appeal overly to me in wine, but it’s not there so much…Continue readingBabich Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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Giesen The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2011

I don’t drink a lot of Marlborough sauvignon blanc, but equally I don’t hold a faddish stance against it.  The grape variety simply works in Marlborough, it having defined the region much as certain grape varieties have defined the classic wine regions of France, Germany, Italy and Spain.  I think this is no small achievement.…Continue readingGiesen The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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Giesen The Brothers Chardonnay 2011

This wine stood out in a line up with some chardonnays from Victoria, because you could almost taste its cooler latitude.  Intensely perfumed, its aromatics speak of flint, flowers, stones, pears and apples.  On the palate, its racy acidity is met with carry through flavours of pears and apples, and some lemon pith.  There’s some…Continue readingGiesen The Brothers Chardonnay 2011

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Giesen The Brothers Pinot Noir 2010

This is the second Marlborough pinot noir to have come across my desk in the last couple of weeks, this time from Giesen.  I tried this wine over a couple of days, and it improved, so I would suggest decanting it before drinking.  Its aromatics speak of strawberries, red currants, ash, graphite and twigs.  On…Continue readingGiesen The Brothers Pinot Noir 2010

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Babich Winemakers’ Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

Babich’s Winemakers’ Reserve pinot noir is made from fruit sourced from Marlborough on the south island of New Zealand.  I really quite like New Zealand and for New Zealand readers, I would note that there is still time to join us. This pinot noir is well made.  To generalise a bit, it fits into the…Continue readingBabich Winemakers’ Reserve Pinot Noir 2011