Tagged with Hawke’s Bay

Church Road Tom McDonald Chardonnay 2006

Yellow gold with a hint of green. Mealy notes, ripe stonefruits, smoke and nuts; wonderful complex nose. Complexity on the palate too with primary stonefruit, malo and oak with secondary characters that reflect the nose: smoke, nuts and bready yeast. Long finish that’s in balance. If I had to be picky there is a little … Continue reading

Brookfields Hillside Syrah 2001

Good robe with mid-deep colour and surprisingly fresh looking. Rhone nose with plummy fruit and both black and white pepper and a hint of vanilla. Mellow, aged fruit on the palate. Finishes crisp with some clean acid, red fruits and a hint of vanilla. The earlier bottle was better. Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand 16/20 [tasted … Continue reading

Alluviale Cabernet/Merlot/Franc 2003

Good deep red robe. Big nose of fruit, but elegant with it, red fruits and berries, florals and violets, plums and blackberries, very good. Plums, blackberries, blackcurrants and some lovely smokiness and cedar. Long, long finish with fruit lingering. Good structure and smooth tannins. Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand 19/20 [tasted 08-09-2011]

Te Mata Awatea 2002

Amber edge. Ribena blackcurrant nose with dark plums. Lovely mellow wine, good tannins and acid in balance. Ripe cabernet dark fruits and merlot plums. Long finish with moreish fruit lingering. Te Mata’s website notes: “Awatea 2002 is a blend of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot.” Hawke’s Bay, New … Continue reading

Matariki Reserve Syrah 2000

Medium-deep robe, good colour – no sign of age, although this shows on the nose. Touch of lanolin, and mix of black and white pepper. Fruit a bit behind the acid now. Elegant in its own way – red fruits there. Lovely Rhone-type finish. Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand 17/20 [tasted 18-06-2011]

Brookfields Hillside Syrah 2001

This wine was pretty good on release but it’s aged to be even better. Some won’t like this because it’s more French than Aussie but I do – a lot. Chocolate and mixed black and white pepper on the nose. Palate is dark smoky chocolate, spicy pepper (more white than black but matched to the … Continue reading

Brookfields Hillside Syrah 2001

Good robe with mid-deep colour and surprisingly fresh looking. Rhone nose with plummy fruit and both black and white pepper and a hint of vanilla. Mellow, aged fruit on the palate. Finishes crisp with some clean acid, red fruits and a hint of vanilla. The earlier bottle was better. Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand 16/20 [tasted … Continue reading