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Let’s Taste – Opawa Sauvignon Blanc 2018 and Pinot Gris, Rosé & Pinot Noir 2017

Opawa are a range of wines made by Nautilus Estate in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Meaning ‘Smoky River’ in Maori, the ‘Opawa’ vineyard is 25 hectares planted on stony soil, ripening earlier and producing an ‘intensely fruity and fragrant style of wine’, blended with fruit purchased from other vineyards. On this edition of Let’s Taste I am tasting the entire range currently available, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Opawa Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – RRP $23.00
Opawa Pinot Gris 2017 – RRP $24.00
Opawa Rosé 2017 – RRP $24.00
Opawa Pinot Noir 2017 – RRP $27.00
Website – https://www.opawawine.com

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January 15, 2019 · 9:21 am

Let’s Taste – Yealands Estate ‘Baby Doll’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Thrilled to open my first ever sample from New Zealand on this edition of Let’s Taste! Yealands Estate is a prominent Marlborough based wine producer, one that I’ve only ever had one other experience with, tasting their Gruner Veltliner on an early episode of The Vincast (https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/vincast-episode-012-gruner-veltliner-in-new-world-james/id712047040?i=1000357479947&mt=2). Here I taste the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc from their ‘Baby Doll’ range, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wine tasted;
Yealands Estate ‘Baby Doll’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – RRP NZ $17.99

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The Vincast Episode 012 – Gruner Veltliner in the New World with James Dossan

Several important wine critics have indicated that the Austrian white grape variety gruner veltliner presents amazing potential for cultivation in Australia. My sommelier friend James Dossan and I sit down to chat about the origin of the grape, the classic styles made in Austria, and then proceed to taste through a range of different wines from Austria, New Zealand and Australia.

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Pyramid Valley – 13/05/2013

Body Electric Sparkling Riesling 2010
Steely crisp and bright. Quite vibrant and fresh, a little maderised if that’s possible. A little bead, more frizzante.

Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Nice green herbal asparagus green beans. Very green herbaceous profile, tight and great though.

Cowley Pinot Noir 2010
Intense red purple fruits, full and a touch over extracted, under fruited. Thin.

Howell Cabernet Franc 2010
Savoury olive green spice earthiness. Juicy intense but again on the green and thin side.

Angel Flower Pinot Noir 2010
Floral fine and restrained. Juicy and intense but lifted, on the hot side and a touch too astringent.

Earth Smoke Pinot Noir 2010
More intense brooding masculine nose. Juicier and bolder but long and fine. Still too early, a little bit weedy.

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February tastings

Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling 1998
Subtle dried coconut, lemon butter, creamy oily nuts. Subtle rich and creamy texture, oily and dense. Soft mid palate, exceptionally long.

Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling 1998

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2004
Very oily and keroseney, kumquat quince and orange blossom. A little closed flat and thin, creamy oily lanolin, lemon butter.

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2004

Josef Chromy Pinot Gris 2012
Light crisp and spicy on the nose, a little orange rind and cinnamon. Full oily and a little sweet, warmish and a little aggressive, not enough fruit to support the weight.

Josef Chromy Pinot Gris 2012

Teusner ‘The Empress’ Riesling 2011 (Eden Valley)
Lovely crisp fresh citrussy lime and lemon, hints of white peach and green apples, slight flicks of minerality. Very vibrant fruit, juicy and full, bold in flavour and lacking in zingy acids compared to European examples, nice breadth and extension on the palate.

Teusner The Empress Eden Valley Riesling 2011

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