The 2018 harvest is now officially finished for Redmetal. Super ripe fruit (how does 25 Brix Merlot sound?) from a very warm growing season, with deep colour and silky tannins. Makes me thirsty just thinking about it...
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.
Still flying out the door, the 2015 Merlot/Franc stock is now getting dangerously low and proving that Pinotphiles have not yet taken over the civilised world. Dark, soft and succulent, it's a hard one to beat at the price.
Our 2016 Albarino is a little richer and fatter than the 2015. This is a brilliant seafood wine as well as doing a pretty decent job as an aperitif and general thirst quencher. The hit wine for us at the recent Bridge Pa Triangle Wine Festival in Hawkes Bay, and down to the last few cases, although you can get it at Apero, a fantastic eatery on Auckland's K' Rd. But you already knew that...
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).
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