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Interesting wines from New-Zealand : Felton Road, Ata Rangi, Rippon, Pyramid Valley, Greywacke, ...

#1 Post by Laurent Gibet » September 10th, 2019, 9:49 am

I had a huge tasting in june 2019 (24 wines selected).

The best wines were :
6. Nouvelle-Zélande : Central Otago - Felton Road Wine "Bannockburn" Chardonnay 2016 : 15,5/16
9. Nouvelle-Zélande : Martinborough - Ata Rangi "Craighall" Chardonnay 2011 : 16,5/20

10. Nouvelle-Zélande : Hawkes Bay - Trinity Hill "Gimblett Gravels" Syrah 2014 : 16,5/20
11. Nouvelle-Zélande : Waiheke Island - Man O' War "Dreadnought" Syrah 2015 : 16/20

14. Nouvelle-Zélande : Central Otago - Felton Road Wine "Bannockburn" Pinot Noir 2016 : 16,5/20
16. Nouvelle-Zélande : Marlborough- Greywacke Vineyards "Kevin Judd" Pinot Noir 2014 : 17/20
20. Nouvelle-Zélande : Central Otago - Rippon Winery Pinot Noir 2011 : 16,5/20
21. Nouvelle-Zélande : Central Otago - Rippon Winery Pinot Noir 2009 : 17/20
22. Nouvelle-Zélande : Central Otago - Felton Road Wine "Calvert" Pinot Noir 2016 : 16/20
23. Nouvelle-Zélande : Canterbury - Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Angel Flower" Pinot Noir 2015 : 17,5/20

Not convinced by the sauvignon blanc (Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2015, Seresin 2010, Clos Henri 2014 but the Greywacke wild sauvignon 2014 was quite good and scored 15,5/20) or the merlot/cabernet blend (Te Mata 2015) ...
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#2 Post by Rauno E (NZ) » September 10th, 2019, 1:57 pm

Hi Laurent, that's a pretty decent cross-section of NZ wines. Would be interested in any observations you have on:
- style (e.g. the Pyramid Valley vs Felton Road)
- ripeness and structure of the Syrahs
Cheers
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#3 Post by Jeff_M. » September 10th, 2019, 3:09 pm

Did a tasting in Central Otago in 2017 at Chard Farm, Peregrine, Bannock Brae, which I've learned has been sold since and Gibbston Valley Winery. I really liked some of the Chard Farm single vineyards. It was the holiday season so some of the other wineries were closed the day we tasted.
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#4 Post by Laurent Gibet » September 10th, 2019, 3:59 pm

Rauno E (NZ) wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Hi Laurent, that's a pretty decent cross-section of NZ wines. Would be interested in any observations you have on:
- style (e.g. the Pyramid Valley vs Felton Road)
- ripeness and structure of the Syrahs
Cheers
I was not in charge of the report, which was written by Cécile Debroas Castaigns (sorry, it's in french but I hope it can help) :

10. Nouvelle-Zélande : Hawkes Bay - Trinity Hill "Gimblett Gravels" Syrah 2014
A l’ouverture : DS14,5 - CDC15
Après 5 heures d’aération : LG16,5 – AA15,5 – LL16
Un style de Syrah que nous n’avons pas l’habitude de croiser, ce qui expliquerait peut-être l’écart entre nos notes ici... Les arômes de fruits bien mûrs et intenses (framboise, fruits noirs des ronces, mûres), de violette, mais aussi d’épices (vanille, cacao) contrastent avec des sensations moins mûres en bouche : beaucoup d’acidité, des tannins serrés, accrocheurs, « rustiques », et un corps plutôt mince. Malgré tout un vin avec beaucoup de personnalité qui demanderait à être goûté de nouveau...

11. Nouvelle-Zélande : Waiheke Island - Man O' War "Dreadnought" Syrah 2015
A l’ouverture : DS16,5 - CDC16
Après 5 heures d’aération : LG16 – AA13,5 – LL15
Une Syrah se rapprochant plus de nos standards de vins du Rhône Nord, avec des arômes fumés, lardés, de fraise, de framboise, mais aussi de fleurs (rose, violette), et une pointe lactée et confiturée. L’acidité est également élevée ici, mais le vin a du corps et plus de tannins, une grande intensité aromatique et une belle structure, de la longueur et une finale fraîche, poivrée et salivante.

For information :
12. Nouvelle-Zélande : Hawkes Bay - Te Mata Vineyards Estate "Bullnose" Syrah 2015
A l’ouverture : DS15,5/16 - CDC15
Après 5 heures d’aération : LG14,5 – AA14 – MS1X – LL14,5
Un vin ambitieux, à l’élevage en fût de chêne poussé, bâti pour la garde. Le plaisir immédiat s’en trouve diminué certainement, avec des arômes lactés, torréfiés, de vanille, de fruits noirs confiturés, de réglisse. Une structure tannique ample, souple, très mûre mais très fraîche. Un vin plus riche et plus imposant que le précédent. Un vin à attendre encore.



14. Nouvelle-Zélande : Central Otago - Felton Road Wine "Bannockburn" Pinot Noir 2016
A l’ouverture : DS15 - CDC16
Après 5 heures d’aération : LG16,5 – AA14,5 – LL16
Un Pinot noir étincelant avec une belle aromatique pure, délicate et gourmande de petits fruits rouges acides des ronces, de groseille, de fruits à noyau, de griotte, de fraises des bois, de rose fanée, de feuilles séchées, de thé. La structure en bouche est elle aussi délicate, mais ferme. Ce vin apporte beaucoup de plaisir et de gourmandise.

22. Nouvelle-Zélande : Central Otago - Felton Road Wine "Calvert" Pinot Noir 2016
A l’ouverture : DS17 - CDC17
Après 5 heures d’aération : LG16 – AA16 – LL16,5
Superbe vin ici encore, complexe, jouant sur un autre registre d’arômes (fruits noirs, cerise noire, myrtilles, pneu brûlé, goudron, réglisse, épices, animal). Un vin plus viril que le précédent, combinant toutefois une matière ample, riche, avec beaucoup de finesse.

23. Nouvelle-Zélande : Canterbury - Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Angel Flower" Pinot Noir 2015
A l’ouverture : DS18,5 - CDC18
Après 5 heures d’aération : LG17,5 – AA17,5 – LL18
Nous avons ici un grand vin, combinant puissance, concentration, équilibre, complexité, grande intensité et fraîcheur aromatique. Un nez de fleurs séchées, de griottes très mûres, de sous-bois, de tabac, de cuir, et une structure charnelle, puissante mais délicate, soyeuse. La finale est très longue.
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#5 Post by Laurent Gibet » September 11th, 2019, 2:09 am

Jeff_M. wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Did a tasting in Central Otago in 2017 at Chard Farm, Peregrine, Bannock Brae, which I've learned has been sold since and Gibbston Valley Winery. I really liked some of the Chard Farm single vineyards. It was the holiday season so some of the other wineries were closed the day we tasted.
Really not convinced by a heavy/alcooholic Peregrine pinot noir 2006 in 2010.
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#6 Post by Jeff_M. » September 11th, 2019, 5:58 am

Laurent Gibet wrote:
September 11th, 2019, 2:09 am
Jeff_M. wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Did a tasting in Central Otago in 2017 at Chard Farm, Peregrine, Bannock Brae, which I've learned has been sold since and Gibbston Valley Winery. I really liked some of the Chard Farm single vineyards. It was the holiday season so some of the other wineries were closed the day we tasted.
Really not convinced by a heavy/alcooholic Peregrine pinot noir 2006 in 2010.
The winery there is beautiful and we had an interesting tasting. I can't speak for all of their wines but we did bring a bottle home. I have a 14' still sideways in the cellar. I'll probably open this up in the next 2 years. I wish we could have gone to Felton Road, Rippon, Two Paddocks or some of the other wineries with higher rated wines but we went during the holiday season and had one day to taste. Chard Farm was definitely the best of the bunch. We had a dégustation with the tasting.
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#7 Post by rsmithjr » September 11th, 2019, 12:38 pm

Love the Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir. I have the 2016, have TN on CT....
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#8 Post by Laurent Gibet » September 11th, 2019, 3:19 pm

rsmithjr wrote:
September 11th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Love the Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir. I have the 2016, have TN on CT....
I think that the Felton Road Calvert 2016 still needs time.
We had a great tasting with these wines produced with pinot noir ... and you know that the best french pinot noir can reach the summits ... (I remember here the recent duo of Groffier Bèze 2006 (18,5/20) vs Rousseau Chambertin 2006 (18/20) ... two very expensive gems).
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