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Red

2013 Villa Maria Merlot Private Bin

Hawkes Bay more

11/6/2013 - BalthazarVonBratwurst wrote: 77 points

Very raw. Bitter berry juice. A total robbery at 16 euros.

  • Comment posted by evanqian:

    11/9/2015 11:31:00 PM - what a really surprising price. are they always selling it with this price tag in Finland?

    just grabbed 3 cases last weekend on Villa Maria's annual cellar door sale, only NZ$9 (5.5 euros) / bottle. the higher tier, Cellar Selection, was sold at NZ$12.5 (7.6 euros), they both offer very nice QPR, in NZ local market of course.

  • Comment posted by evanqian:

    11/15/2015 8:28:00 PM - yes, you are right, NZ wine is suffering from long-distance transporting to Euro and US market, especially cross the equator, which adds cost.

    however, I'm wondering you might put wrong vintage here. Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot, normally harvest in March/April, and matured in barrel for 9~12 months. vintage 2013 couldn't be released before Xmas. I assume you tasted vintage 2012 here, which is notorious for Hawke's Bay.

Red

2002 St. Jerome Matuka

Auckland Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/23/2015 - rossandersonnz Likes this wine: 92 points

classic cabernet nose with cassis, mint, cedar and tobacco. medium bodied with great structure, the tannins at perfect softness. still fresh at 13 years of age, with another 5+ years of life. bought for $17/bottle on a clearance sale, i understand the original retail value was approx. $50/bottle. tastes like a $50-100 bottle. exceptional value at $17, in fact unbelievable. ordered a case after tasting.

  • Comment posted by evanqian:

    8/23/2015 2:16:00 AM - tasted yesterday in shop before I bought two bottles. agree with your note, still fresh, medium bodied, fine texture. an elegant aged red, a real bargain.

Red

2005 Rockford Shiraz SVS Hoffman

Barossa Valley more

5/5/2015 - Marc Likes this wine: 94 points

From one of the great Barossa vineyards, this bottle, produced by Rockford is (for me) everything that is great about the region. Generous and warm, American oak with all of its delicious coconut layers, ripe and sweet blackberry fruit and an effortless structure that is at once both defined and yet light. This is great wine that was a treat to taste next to the cooler Flaxman vineyard. Drinkable now and should improve over the next 7-10 years.

  • Comment posted by evanqian:

    5/5/2015 7:11:00 PM - 80? typo?

Red

2011 Ata Rangi Célèbre

Martinborough Red Blend more

12/28/2013 - evanqian wrote: 87 points

Classic NZ Wine Trail - Martinborough (Martinborough): unusual red blend: 60% Merlot, 30% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, though it's been there for many years.

dark red/purple. still young. intense flavours. strong Syrah pepper spice and Merlot dark fruits. CS contributes powdery tannins as backbone in the quite grand but weird structure. heavy and powerful, long woody finish with chocolate and vanilla. but I think there is less harmony among different flavours, tastes just like a quick mixture. reluctant to say it's balanced, maybe this style is too weird to be my cup of tea.

Alc 13.5% , TA 6.0, pH 3.5

Bob Campbell 90(Apr 2013) 93(Jun 2014), Sommelier 2014 Gold, Michael Cooper 4.5 stars

AP: 4/5; AR: 12/15; Palate: 14/20; overall: 3+4/10
TOTAL: 87+/100

  • Comment posted by evanqian:

    9/17/2014 7:34:00 PM - @benjaminpaul I tasted it at Ata Rangi cellar door, a quick flight with very friendly staff. tasted like not melt at all, but still can feel the big structure and the potential. Merlot-Syrah blend is not typical in old world, reminders me some low-quality Vin de Pays, this one hardly changed my impression :)

    of course, it might be improved on aging, so curious about it. after all, I highly respect Ata Rangi on their classic PN.

Red

2012 Annie's Lane Shiraz

Clare Valley more

9/7/2014 - evanqian wrote: 86 points

Dark purple. Heavy tannins, smooth texture, strong dark fruits and white pepper flavours. Medium bodied, good density but not long. Medium finish with some fruity sweetness. Quality Oz Shiraz.

Ap 4/5, Ar 12/15, Palate 15/20, Overall 3+2/10
Total 86/100

  • Comment posted by evanqian:

    9/7/2014 5:18:00 PM - Xlllll III

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