Decent weekday red blend — 25 days ago
Light body, watery color, negative nose but actually unveils more expected fruit when pairing w meal — 18 days ago
Opened two bottles of the 2015 back to back. So good. By far my favorite Sandlands wine to date. I was starting to develop the view that they excelled on the whites and the reds were sort of basic, but this one really impressed me. It was a little sharp straight out of the bottle but was especially excellent on day two. Good structure, layered berry notes, appreciable tannins. Yay! — 15 days ago
A bit young for cab. We had the 1/2 bottle with mash potatoes, broccoli and dry aged rib eye. Wine is not as highly rated as critics' view in my view. — a month ago
Get the app and view the label. Cool party trick. The wine is good, not my favorite but will buy again. A little sweet for a cab — 12 days ago
I might have mentioned this in a previous Felton Road post. If you haven’t tried this producer and you love White Burgundy, Burgundy & Ca Pinot, you owe to yourself to find a bottle(s). The fruit Nigel and his team produce is top shelf & some of the best acidity I’ve had. This is better than most more expensive CA Pinots & Burgundies I’ve had & their offering’s are in the $50-$65 range.
I love warm day & cool night Pinots. This is the climate of Central Otago. Their fruits are nicely ripe with acidity for days.
The mouthfeel is glorious, sexy and elegant. The blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, raspberries and strawberries really sing. This 16 is young & I’d hold it another 3-5 years for better things. Think it hits 95-96 at that point. This still shows some stronger spice & cinnamon stick at this age. Dark soils, underbrush, some savory meats, a dash of herbaceousness, tree bark dipped in sap, mixed mid fruit cola. clove, some vanillin with amazing, bright florals that are dark, fresh; red, blue, purple set in violets. Perfect acidity and an elegant, ruby, well balanced, smartly polished finish that sings on the palate for minutes.
Photos of; the view from their property in April 2017 which, is their fall, outside fermentation tank, my walking the property with owner Nigel Greening and my wife enjoying her walk around the property. — 24 days ago