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Brancott Vineyards Pinot Noir Terraces 2009

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Vintage: 2009
Type: Pinot Noir
Country: New Zealand – Marlborough

This is another wine that I sampled at the Tesco Wine Fair 2011 and I just had to buy a case. At first sip, I fell in love with the Burgundy-style wine. This is Brancott’s 7th iteration off this flagship T wine (its predecessor won several Silver medals at international competitions) and it does not disappoint. Enjoy this wine with a rich meal, like a creamy mushroom risotto with venison sausages. That would be excellent!

Technical Review

Appearance
Clear, deep Garnet.

Nose

Clean, pronounced aromas of cherry, vanilla and spice. Some plummy notes.

Palate

Medium-high acidity. Light tannins. Medium body. Flavour characteristics of ripe cherries and hints of mocha.

Conclusion
Very Good.

Ocean’s Ridge Pinot Noir 2008

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Vintage: 2008
Type: Pinot Noir
Country: New Zealand – Marlborough

This was a gift presented by friends from New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand is a region that has Pinot Noirs rivalling those of Burgundy … this one lives up to the reputation. It is a light, lively, fruity red wine that goes well with summer dinners. It is 13% alcohol and easy to drink quickly, so slow down and savour it with your food. This wine was paired with Italian roasted tomato sausages and mushroom tortellini in a creamy basil sauce.

Technical Review

Appearance
Clear, pale Ruby.
Nose
Clean, medium. Characteristics of strawberries and cherry. Some sweet spice, such as Cinnamon.

Palate
Medium acidity. Low tannin. Flavours of red fruit, although not complex. Medium body. Medium length finish.
Conclusion
Very good.

Averys Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Sauvignon Blanc
Country: New Zealand – Marlborough

This is a good bottle of wine, which is perfect for drinking in 2010. Ideal to accompany a creamy pasta dish because the wine has a slightly herbal / grassy taste. The nose is not very memorable but can be identified as berry-like.

Babich

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Vintage: 2001
Type: Cabernet Merlot
Country: New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

This is a non-review as the bottle that I tried was corked. It promised to be good…