Waipara, Canterbury


Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2018

Great one. Just right body — 17 days ago

Bell Hill Vineyards

Old Weka Pass Road Pinot Noir 2016

See previous notes here on Delectable. Mid to pale ruby in colour. Pale yet powerful. Great aromatics of pansies, rose petals and violets also stalkiness. As Barb said the aromas of a beautiful garden. After a while an Animale, feral note not unlike some Burgundies we’ve had. Medium bodied palate - dried red fruits with a sweet yet savoury twist. A very polished new World Pinot by any measure. Tasters often identify with Central Otago and Martinborough for quality NZ Pinot Noir. Don’t forget about Canterbury in the South Island not far from the city of Christchurch. Luckily I have 2 left. Bob Campbell MW says drink through to 2025. — 5 months ago

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@Bob McDonald So funny I just had their ‘09 Chardonnay. Drinking beautifully.
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Wlll do Byron. Will get back on Monday.
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That’s a good bit of age on a New world Chardy. Good to hear it was drinking well.

Mt. Beautiful

North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Lush and bright with a crisp finish. Lime, green apple, kiwi, white peach and a little melon with a smattering of herbs rather than heavy pyrazines. Lots of acidity for freshness, although a bit high in alcohol, so has some body. The oak doesn’t get in the way for me, as it often does w SB — it adds to the texture and lush mouthfeel and adds a a hint of spice, but otherwise pretty classic. — 3 years ago

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Pegasus Bay

Prima Donna Pinot Noir 2017

Intense, brooding, and complex nose. Dark cherry, plum, sandalwood, and charcuterie. The palate is med/full bodied, med acidity and delivers quite opulent sour cherry and plum fruit. Smoke and chocolate on the end palate. Very long. A bit heavy relative to a burgundy, but the flavour profile, complexity, and length do not disappoint. — 3 months ago

The Hermit Ram

North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2021

RVLT on a PH w Tu, Michelangelo, Joyce etc — 2 years ago

Mt. Beautiful

North Canterbury Riesling 2017

My first NZ Riesling. Off dry. Heavy petrol aromas with slight notes of lemon, green apple and a hint of cat pee. Pronounced flavors of apple and flint with a bit of lemon on the finish. Very much a Riesling, but also somewhat unique. — 3 years ago

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Pegasus Bay

Waipara Valley Riesling 2018

Bottled lightning. Concentrated mineral. Lemon, grapefruit pith, slate, honeyed pear, white flowers, sweet hay. — 3 months ago

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Mt. Beautiful

North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2018

If tropical cashews were a thing that’s what this wine gives and I’m not mad at it. — 5 months ago

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Pegasus Bay

Maestro Merlot Malbec 2015

I think the 2016 is even better! — 2 years ago

Bell Hill Vineyards

Canterbury Pinot Noir 2011

Treats from a far away land are always appreciated in my dojo. — 3 years ago

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