Kusuda Riesling 2011, Martinborough NZ

Kusuda Riesling 2011Another cult producer in Martinborough who commands similar prices as Dry River. This has a bright straw-yellow core; delicate floral notes, ripe limes and subtle honeyed tones on the nose. The presence of sulphides were evident but not overwhelming. Dry, limes, lime pith on the palate. Medium-plus acid; medium to medium-plus finish with a spicy bite towards the end. A little Mosel-like and I actually liked it. Can’t say it’s a complex wine right now but only time can tell if it has that capacity to grow and mature. Only 3600+ bottles produced.

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Dry River Lovat Vineyard Syrah 2009, Martinborough

Dry River Lovat Vineyard Syrah 2009One of the iconic wineries in New Zealand, located in a quaint little town over the hill from Wellington. Picked up this bottle at the village’s wine centre on a rainy afternoon. I suppose it doesn’t hurt to splurge on a bottle of wine like this on the eve of Chinese New Year without any of my loved ones around. Bright purplish red with a red cherry rim and thin pale meniscus. Floral, perfumed, ripe macerated red fruits and white pepper on the nose. Dark chocolate bits, cedar, tart black berries, black olives and five spice on the palate; tasty; savoury. Smooth ripe tannins. Medium to medium-plus acidity and finish. Has aging potential. Should be interesting to taste this again in 10 years time.

Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2009, Martinborough

ata rangi craighall chardonnay 2009Bright yellow-lemon core; flint, minerals, oak, vanilla, sour lemon on the nose; spicy, mineral, oak and lemon on the palate; medium-plus acidity and finish; tasty. Went down pretty well with my melted anchovies, onions and broccoli angel hair pasta after a long day’s work in the vineyard đŸ™‚

Margrain Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2010, Martinborough

Margrain Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2010Pale yellow core with shades of bright green hue; lime peel, fresh stoned fruits, floral tones on the nose. Off-dry, ripe lime, mineral, fresh ripe guava, slightly spicy, clean and crisp. Medium to medium-plus finish; medium-plus acidity. Only 11.5% v/v. This is one of the only six producers in NZ who grows this variety and I possibly find this interesting based on that very fact. The botrytis version of this is pretty good too – not cloyingly sweet with sufficient acidity to cut through the sweetness stickiness (and with a somewhat long finish). Margrain carries a huge portfolio (about 14 wines produced) for such a small vineyard. Not easy feat I’d say but most of the other wines lack a little focus I’m afraid.