Thanks to all of those who came over to try the wines on our stand at Winetopia in both Auckland and Wellington. Always fun for us to talk to those who actually drink the product. And for those who rated the just released Merlot/Franc 2016 - you're in very good company. Bob Campbell rated it his best buy on the Newstalk ZB slot with Jack Tame just before Winetopia Auckland opened. Even better than that he suggested it was punching well above it's weight and worth significantly more than our $20 website price. You can find the whole interview on the Newstalk ZB website in the 10:45am time slot from Saturday 23rd June. Takes a bit of searching if you're a techno dinosaur like me, but it's worth persevering.
Our 2017 Rose is now only available in the trade as we have sold out at the winery. Pale salmon in colour with subtle red fruit and a true Provencal savoury character, this is a great food-friendly style of Rose that will be fantastic through autumn and into winter.
The 2017 Syrah has now taken over where the 2016 left off, and is available any time you are thirsty. Ripe, soft and very drinkable.
Almost all over for the 2015 Merlot/Franc, get it while you still can. Dark, soft and succulent, it's a hard one to beat at the price. However we've decided to bring forward the release of the 2016 Merlot/Franc just because we can. Another great vaule red from another warm vintage. And freshly listed this week at both Ombra and Field & Green in the capital. Roll on August so I can get down for Wellington On A Plate and indulge my inner gourmet.
Our 2016 Albarino is now only available from our distributor, but the 2017 version is following straight on. With the same slightly savoury finish and up front citrus / stonefruit characters, it's a great seafood match.
The excellent 2015 Basket Press Syrah is still available, just. Another very warm growing season saw some super ripe fruit coming into the winery, and this time we had some very low yield, first crop fruit from our new Syrah clones to add interest to the mix. Wine critics Raymond Chan and Sam Kim have already rated this one 5 stars and Bob Campbell has just given it 95 points (5 stars) and ranked it #6 out of 47 NZ Syrahs tasted. Same rating as the $100+ wines in the tasting - just saying... His dissertation on the subject is below:
"Inky syrah with concentrated black-fleshed plum,
black berry, blackcurrant, liquorice and smoky oak flavours. Powerful wine that
is surprisingly accessible now but promises to age well. A very serious red." The Real Review October 2017
And while we're on the subject, the venerable Michael Cooper has just given it 4.5 stars in his "Star Syrahs" line up in the Listener, and I quote "This delicious red from the Bridge Pa Triangle is dark and weighty, with concentrated, vibrant, well ripened plum and black pepper flavours, seasoned with nutty oak and a rich, smooth finish". NZ Listener, May 2018
Also hot off the press (if you'll excuse the pun) is the Basket Press Merlot/Franc 2016. From yet another warm growing season, it is dark, soft and ripe - and extremely moreish. Superb drinking already (and it's just a baby). This was our biggest seller at Winetopia - clearly a very sophisticated group of consumers.
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