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Regional Expressions The Wines of Auckland and Northland SPRING 2010


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EXPRESSIONS OF AUCKLAND – WINE A selection by Danny Schuster (DS) and John Hawkesby (JH).


2006 ‘Reserve’ Merlot/Carmenere/ Cab F. JH: Dark ruby, mix of cold tea, violets and peppermint, lifted nose, hint of rusticity, sweetness and pepper, gentle soft-ripe tannins, elegant style. DS: Depth in colour, aromatic and complex nose, high vinosity, ample new oak, textured elegant flavour, concentrated in fine grain finish, should age. 2004 ‘Reserve’ Merlot/Cab/Cab F./ Malbec/Carmenere JH: Aromatic, cinnamon, fresh mint and truffle nose with red fruits, gamey/ spicy complexity, balanced, well crafted structure, maturity in soft tannic finish. Lovely and complete wine. DS: Complex Merlot plum/spice, full bouquet with cassis and finesse of new oak, well integrated flavour and ample fine grain tannins in long finish. Has class.


2008 ‘Dreadnought’ Syrah JH: Violets, pepper, red fruits nose, enticing and promising. Interesting, evocative flavours, layers of complexity of pepper, menthol and red berries, lovely balance, well rounded tannins. Very good wine. DS: Deep colour, robust-full nose, high vinosity, ripe even slightly jammy fruit, vanillin oak with sweet notes in undeveloped flavour, firm finish. Needs time but should make good bottles. 2008 ‘Ironclad’ Merlot/Cab F./Malbec/ P.V./Cab S. JH: Fine nose, dark fruits/marzipan and liquorice, lifted palate, little

closed and less expressive than the nose, could develop with time. DS: Well coloured, depth and vinosity coupled with generous fruit, complex with tobacco hints in textured flavour, hint of opulence in tannic, undeveloped finish, firm – needs time. STONYRIDGE VINEYARD

2008 ‘Pilgrim’ Syrah/ Mourvedre/Grenache JH: Complex nose, mellow mint, liquorice, cigar-box with leather and hint of truffle. Balanced, integrated not a bigbruising, screaming beast but has grip, nice tannic structure with elegance. A class act. DS: Deep colour, full bouquet with high vinosity and complex aromas of red fruits/spice and forest floor hints, floral notes in generous flavour, long – fine tannic finish, still some time to go. 2008 ‘Larose’ Cab/Cab F./ Mer/Malbec/P.V. JH: Poised, complex spectrum of fruit, full bouquet, velvet smooth, nice rounded tannins, lovely mouthfeel, needs time in firm finish. DS: Deep colour, generouseven opulent fruit, high vinosity with hints of cedar/cassis complexity, ample tannins in well-balanced flavour and a long finish. Very ripe, robust vintage to age. DESTINY BAY VINEYARDS

2006 ‘Destinae’ Cab/Mer/Cab F./ Malbec JH: Lovely, complex nose, a little or onedimensional structure, gentle/balanced but

lacking a bit of body in soft finish. Easy drinking style. DS: Well coloured, classical claret nose of cassis/cedar/tobacco, gamey/spicy hints, balanced-supple structure, lifted/aromatic finish. Stylish wine, lots of charm. 2006 ‘Mystae’ Cab/Mer/Cab F./ Malbec JH: Dark fruits, complex nose, high vinosity, finesse in smooth tannic flavour, lovely finish. Needs time, lots of potential. DS: Deep colour, ripe/full and complex nose, red fruits (Cab) and gamey/spice (Cab f.) obvious, ample new oak well integrated with a classical/elegant flavour, seamless fine tannins in long finish. Balanced to age into fine wine. KENNEDY POINT VINEYARD

2006 ‘Reserve’ Syrah JH: Deep red, big-ripe nose with pepper and seductive ‘earthy’ notes, big, bold and beautiful, smart wine with perhaps too much of the pepper coming through, lovely mouthfeel, classy. DS: Deep ruby, full-robust nose, developing complexity with dark fruits, spice, pepper, ample weight in tannic finish. Perhaps lacks a little finesse but has big heart.

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2008 ‘Mate’s Vineyard’ Chardonnay JH: Bouquet of stone-fruit and citrus, lovely acid balance with fruit, whisper of oak, not too strident, very drinkable. DS: Pale straw, bright, high vinosity, complex with ripe fruit and well integrated oak, finesse in layered flavours with focus in a long finish. Classical Chardonnay.

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Expressions of North Auckland - Wine

Regional fare


A selection by Danny Schuster (DS) and John Hawkesby (JH).


2007 ‘Black Rocks’ Chardonnay JH: Straw, bright colour, full bouquet with hints of peanut butter complexity and a menthol note, mature flavours, touch sweet; moderate weight in dry finish. DS: Pale gold, bright, full-toasty bouquet with lees ageing complexity, developed flavours, complex in dry finish in a robust style.


2008 ‘Reef Point’ Pinotage JH: Dark ruby, mulberry, ripe with stalk hints, earthy notes, sweet/plummy flavours, supple & balanced. Quite pleasant even if not my style. DS: Bright ruby, fresh red fruits, youthful – supple flavours, simple tannic structure, lifted – aromatic finish, fine summer wine.

2007 ‘Reef Point’ Pinotage JH: Well coloured, full nose with blackberry-nip/mushroom notes, blackcurrant/liquorice flavours, pleasant finish, like the extra age. DS: Deep colour, high vinosity-full bouquet, complex with forest floor notes, red berry/spice flavours, concentrated-long finish, old fashioned but very good style. KARIKARI ESTATE – KARIKARI PENINSULA

2009 ‘Wild’ Chardonnay JH: Pale straw, flinty-soft bouquet, hints of lanolin, not strident. Light body, modest concentration and fruit, austere style. DS: Pale & bright, fresh bouquet, lees character with integrated oak, medium weight, soft flavoured, flinty in long, dry finish.

2007 Pinotage JH: Deep colour, closed-full bouquet, undeveloped flavour that may surprise with time, quite good weight and restrained acidity in finish. Needs time. DS: Bright ruby, full-toasty bouquet with red fruits/spice, soft tannic structure, plum flavoured in supple finish. Elegant, youthful. 2007 ‘Toa’ JH: Nice perfume, deep/rich fruit, ripe flavours with blackberry notes, balanced in ripe, tannic finish, drinks well but will age. DS: Well coloured, ripe red berry/ cassis/tobacco nose, complex, integrated oak, Bordeaux like blend of Cabernet, Merlot et al in flavour, undeveloped but well balanced and lifted in fine finish. Fine claret style, keep 3-4 years.

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Regional Epxressions:Grill Spring 2010  

Regional Epxressions:Grill Spring 2010