New Hall Vineyards

Saint Clair Family Estate

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Tonight's wine that I have chosen is the 2018 Saint Clair Family Estate Origin Series Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand.

On the nose there is grapefruit, tangerine, lime, peach, herbaceous and minerality.

Onnthe palate there is lime, grapefruit, tangerine, grass, herbaceous and minerality.

This wine is medium bodied smooth creamy mouthfeel with medium + acidity and a long crisp clean citrus minerality driven finish. A beautiful wine that you can have by itself or with a wonderfully prepared sea bass. Let's have a great beginning to our weekend and please be safe and healthy. Nostrovia! 🥂🥂🥂🥂
— 2 days ago

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Hall Wines

Kathryn Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Happy New Year. This 2011 is drinking wonderfully right now and still has a few years left. Soft silky tannins highlight the dusty finish. Inky black hues in the glass and leads with red and black berries, charcoal and flint. — 23 days ago

Shay, Severn and 5 others liked this

Loveblock

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Goes very well with the Marlin I’m enjoying at the Lava Lava beach club on the big island. Clean, clear and crisp. Granny Smith Apple with hints of grass. Added to the fine fish dish. — 11 days ago

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Jan de Weerd

Jan de Weerd

Great minds think alike!!! 😅

Curious Kiwi

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Pale straw color. Aromas of tropical fruits, key lime and limestone. Tart Sauvignon Blanc- very good for the prize. — 9 days ago

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Felton Road

Block 2 Central Otago Chardonnay 2015

David T
9.4

First, Central Otago is Gods country. Especially, in April. As well, amazing soil structure & climate for Chardonnay & Pinot Noir.

Then, if you like good White Burgundy that is clean, round with good viscosity and acidity for days, this is for you. If you fit that criteria & haven’t had a good Felton Road Chardonnay, you should.

You could put this in anyone’s hand, including some Master Sommeliers blind, they would call Burgundy. I would as well.

Felton Road was the highlight of our 2017 visit to Central Otago. Rippon was a close second. Jo Mills at Rippon has more passion for wine and making them completely biodynamic than anyone I’ve met & we have met a shit-ton of producers around the world.

The nose shows; mashed, sour lemons, lime zest & candy, just ripe pineapple, grapefruit with pith, touch of white stone fruits, butterscotch notes, beautiful chalkiness, some smokiness, saline, grey volcanics, vanillin, just a touch of maple with caramel, soft side of white spice, honey to marmalade quality, graham cracker with white & yellow florals.

The palate/ body is round, medium full, gorgeously sexy with excellent viscosity. Wire to wire steady & brilliant. Mashed, sour lemons, lime zest & candy, just ripe pineapple, grapefruit with pith, touch of white stone fruits, beautiful chalkiness, saline, grey, powdery, volcanics, limestone, vanillin, just a touch of maple with caramel, butterscotch, mint, eucalyptus, touch of fresh herbs, soft side of white spice, honey to marmalade quality, graham cracker with white & yellow florals & jasmine. The acidity is stunning & like a summer shower. The finish is; gentle, elegant, so well knitted & balanced and persistent for days.

Important to decant & let warm to just below room temp. 62-65 degrees.

The perfect pair is Jasper Hill Farms new Harbison Prosecco washed soft white cheese. Creamy on steroids.

Photos of our 2017 visit to Felton Road, the long view front the property, their front gate, outdoor concrete tanks and our property walk & talk with Owner Nigel Greening.

1/15/21
— 8 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Great note
David T

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@Severn Goodwin Thank you my friend. Cheers! 🥂

Vandal

Gonzo Combat Rouge Pinot Noir Blend

A pleasant surprise. A bit dusty on the finish, but a good early/mid week drinker. — 3 days ago

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Balić Winery

American Premium Reserve Cream Sherry

Great value and good flavor dessert wine. 18.5% alcohol so it packs a punch. Candy aroma. Very sweet on the palate with subtle spiciness. Chocolate covered cherries and butterscotch - but with a mature leathery lingering finish. Bought in 2019 - consumed in 2021. — 8 days ago

Agricolae

Finger Lake Chardonnay 2017

Nose has sliced yellow apple, sliced green apple, green melon, faint green table grapes and a light oak touch.

Palate has ripe pineapple, lychee, light caramel, light honey and medium (somewhat neutral) oak/vanilla; medium finish.

A very solid effort for the new, second label from Ravines Wine. I'll gladly pull some of these into our future wine club ships, at under $15 this is solid buy.

Opened one day prior to contribute to our braising liquid for chicken thighs.
— 13 days ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

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I’ve never had finger lake wines . I’d like to visit the region

Man O' War Vineyards

Dreadnought Waiheke Island Syrah 2012

Mid to deep crimson in colour. Aromas of red berries, a little oak, a bunchie stalky note, spices including nutmeg and a dash of chocolate. Medium plus bodied quite northern Rhone in style more than SA. Not dissimilar to another excellent North Island Syrah as in Trinity Hill, Hawkes Bay. Very good, very tasty. From the unlikely destination of Waiheke Island which is in the middle of Auckland Harbour, which is massive in area compared to Sydney Harbour. One would think the rainfall might be a little high for quality viticulture but not so. Also when you think that one of the best new world Chardonnays in Kumeu River is made just to the north of Auckland. — 6 days ago

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@TheSkip Will be interested to see what you think.
ESF

ESF

Been to Waiheke Island to visit Kennedy Point where they used to make outstanding Syrah (and other reds)
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@ESF Fun fact about Waiheke Island You might recall that Tiger Woods had a New Zealand caddy for many years. When Tiger got married and almost at the height of his popularity he had part of his honeymoon on Waiheke Island so I was told by locals. Great for the privacy - organised by the caddy.

Bloomer Creek Vineyard

Tanzen Dame Auten Vineyard Riesling

Date drank: August 2018
Year: 2014
Producer: Bloomer Creek
Grape(s): 50% Reisling, 50% cayuga white
Region: Cayuga Lake. Finger lakes. NY
Distributor/Importer: na
Natty: yes. Low input organic vineyards. No sulfer added
Tasting Notes: First, the nose was amazing, very aromatic with hints of orange peel, honey, lemon maybe ? Its a late harvest but fermented to dryness and amazingly balanced with fruit and sweetness while also being dry and clean. Doesnt cloy and goes well with fish or light summer vegetables. I still dream about this wine
— 6 days ago

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