Glossy garnet-red colour and oozes attractive aromas of raspberry coulis, cherry and dark chocolate. In the mouth expect lavendar and dried thyme, supple, easy tannins and a smooth, warm finish. Drink with chargrilled eye fillet wrapped in prosciutto on garlic mash.
Lifted dried herb, blackberry and peppercorn aromas lead to a lush, spicy, cranberry infused medium-bodied red with a slippery-smooth finish.
A good match for herb-crusted lamb racks and rosemary roast potatoes.
The Akarua team successfully tame their rugged Central Otago terroir and forge an exemplary Pinot Noir. All of the necessary subtleties are present, with fruit, spice, chocolate and toasty oak crafted into a joyous whole.
Deep ruby, bright clarity. Extremely fragrant with violet florals, licorice and mocha notes. Beautifully fruited mid-palate which is extremely textural and has complex red and dark fruits complemented by hints of oak spice and fine tannins. The finish is extremely long and balanced.
The aromatics are ripe red fruits, intense raspberry and cassis, supported by well integrated oak. Delicious ripe strawberry on the palate with a touch of cherry and hint of dried spice. Enjoy with rich flavoursome food, but as with all great Pinot Noirs, avoid tomato base sauces.
This classic Central Ranges Merlot oozes berryfruit, coffee, and vanilla bean. The toasty oak aromas compliment the powerful fruit beautifully. Savour the rich leathery texture as the dark chocolate flavours melt in your mouth to finish of this delicious Merlot. An exceptional wine from an exceptional producer!
Bright, aromatic with vibrant floral aromas of violet, cherries and spice. The fresh palate of ripe red berries coupled with black cherry and olive, soft tannins that have a seam of toasted spice make this a moreish wine. An attractive package that delivers full flavour with silken texture. Easy to like and even easier to put with your favourite vegetable and pasta dishes, lamb, or game meats.
This classic blend of the famous Bordeaux varieties shows rich, ripe plum and blackberry flavours with hints of spice and fine oak. It is an elegant and aromatic wine with layers of red plum, cassis and violet.
The long finish and fine grained tannins make this an ideal accompaniment to richly flavoured foods.
Aroma: Savoury ripe plum and cherry, with a hint of game and smoky oak. Palate: Full to medium bodied wine with round, mouthfilling flavours of plum, cherry, pleasing weight with good acidity. Oak integrates nicely with the fruit, and helps with the silky tannin structure. Suggested Foods: Farm raised venison, tender rare lamb, mild game, duck and oily fsh such as tuna and salmon.
One of the greatest of all New Zealand wines .The grapes are drawn from numerous sites, including the estate vineyard, planted in 1980, and the vines, ranging up to 29 years old. The 2009 was voted NZ's Top NZ Pint in the Good Australian Wine Guide and a 92/100 from Parkers Wine Advocate. Just released the 2010 is looking superb "Dark cherry melds with bright, lifted red fruit aromas and hints of spice in this exotic 2010 Pinot Noir. Floral notes are present too; old-fashioned violets and a touch of rose. This vibrant pinot has a sinuous, savoury spine of tannin that spreads out to a long, silky finish. Significant vine age, especially from the 30 year-old blocks, expresses itself in depth, breadth and complexity of character; a distinctive ‘sense of place’ so evident in Ata Rangi Pinot Noir. Vine age also contributes markedly to the consistency of quality year after year."
2009 was a warm year leading to a wine of great power but with subtlety. The 2009 la collina continues in the style of previous la collina vintages, showing the vineyard expression combined with
the vintage definition. We believe this wine will cellar well for at least 10 years.
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