Classic NZ Wine Trail - Martinborough

Martinborough

Tasted December 28, 2013 by evanqian with 346 views

Flight 1 - Coney (2 notes)

they have a comfortable restaurant

White
2010 Coney Riesling Rallentando New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
89 points
brilliant pale straw yellow with light green hue. extra dry (1g/L R. sugar, 12.5% alc). fresh, intense citrus and mineral notes, crispy acidity. good structure and balanced. rare elegant style for NZ Riesling.

RC 16.5+, he didn't like the phenolics flavour in the wine, though its dryness and freshness is alright.

Ap: 5/5; Ar: 13/15; Palate: 18/20; Overall: 1+2/10
TOTAL: 89/100
Red
2011 Coney Pinot Noir Pizzicato New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
89 points
light ruby. floral, red cherries, strawberry. intense sweet fruity style balanced with nice acidity and silky tannins. medium length. very easy drinking.

RC 16.0+, well, I assume it was a terrible day for RC, who gave all 6 selected wines 16.0/16.5. not that bad in my palate.

Ap: 5/5; Ar: 13/15; Palate: 17/20; Overall: 2+2/10
TOTAL: 89/100

Flight 2 - Murdoch James (6 notes)

they are running a very fancy restaurant

White
2012 Murdoch James Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
87 points
grassy, light sweet, mineral hints. elegant style.

WA 87

Ap: 4/5; Ar: 12/15; Palate: 17/20; Overall: 2+2/10
TOTAL: 87/100
White
2012 Murdoch James Pinot Gris New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
83 points
fresh pear, sweet, not impressed in the flight.

Ap: 4/5; Ar: 12/15; Palate: 15/20; Overall: 1+1/10
TOTAL: 83/100
Red
2012 Murdoch James Pinot Noir New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
88 points
light ruby. appealing red berries and sour cherry. very smooth and easy drinking.

Ap: 4/5; Ar: 13/15; Palate: 17/20; Overall: 2+2/10
TOTAL: 88/100
Red
2011 Murdoch James Pinot Noir Blue Rock New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
93 points
bright ruby. more concentrated than 'estate' series. floral, berries and some dark fruits notes. nice texture shows elegant style. long finish with some herbal and earth hints. a seductive Martinborough Pinot Noir.

WA 91

AP: 4/5; AR: 13/15; Palate: 18/20; overall: 5+3/10
TOTAL: 93/100
Red
2011 Murdoch James Syrah Blue Rock New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
92 points
nice bright garnet with purple hue, just a little dark. cherry and strawberry flavour, highlighted acidity, more pinot noir style rather than syrah. actually, it's handled in Pinot way. mild pepper still shows variety's characters. delicate tannins, medium body, smooth and elegant structure. long finish with spice and savoury. an interesting and fabulous Martinborough Syrah!

WA 92+, JC Lee 82

Ap: 5/5; Ar: 13/15; palate: 18/20; overall: 4+2/10
TOTAL: 92/100
Rosé
2014 Murdoch James Pinot Meunier Pinot Rosé New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
87 points
Salmon pink. strawberry and floral. moderate sweet. made from Pinot Meunier, not an usual variety for Rose in NZ. good with light foods for summer lunch.

Raymond Chan 18.5, Bob Campbell 80, Easter 2015 - Trophy

AP: 5/5; AR: 12/15; Palate: 15/20; overall: 4+1/10
TOTAL: 87/100

Flight 3 - Julicher (4 notes)

Rosé
2013 Julicher Estate Rosé New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
84 points
medium pink, ruby hue. 100% Pinot Noir. nose shows strawberry and red fruits. fresh. dry finish.

Air NZ 2013 Gold

Ap: 4/5; Ar: 12/15; palate: 15/20; overall: 3+0/10
TOTAL: 84/100
Red
2010 Julicher Estate Pinot Noir 99 Rows New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
87 points
light ruby. dark fruit style, easy drinking, soft tannin, good balance with medium acidity. medium finish with spice and mineral hints. shows a bit complexity.

IWC 2013 Gold, Bob Campbell 87

AP: 4/5; AR: 12/15; Palate: 16/20; overall: 3+2/10
TOTAL: 87/100
Red
2010 Julicher Estate Pinot Noir New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
91 points
medium ruby. more concentrated than '99 rows'. intense red berries, warm, good structure, a little unsmooth in throat, maybe due to its young age. seductive savoury finish with oak spice and a little herbal hints. a nice Martinborough P.N. showing both fruit side and complex layers.

Decanter 2013 Gold, Sommelier 2014 Gold, JC Lee 89,

AP: 4/5; AR: 13/15; Palate: 17/20; overall: 4+3/10
TOTAL: 91/100
White
2011 Julicher Estate Chardonnay New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
82 points
straw yellow. bright lemon acidity, some citrus and tropical fruits, normal yeast notes. good structure. but to be honest, not an impressive one in this flight.

AP: 4/5; AR: 11/15; Palate: 14/20; overall: 1+2/10
TOTAL: 82/100

Flight 4 - Ata Rangi (7 notes)

very friendly estate and staff

Rosé
2013 Ata Rangi Summer Rosé New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
82 points
made from Hawke's Bay Merlot, Syrah and Pinot. fruit forwarding, dry finish. a simple and smooth rose. not impressive in the flight.

Ap: 4/5; Ar: 11/15; palate: 14/20; overall: 3+0/10
TOTAL: 82/100
White
2013 Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
89 points
Bright pale straw-yellow. fresh, mild gooseberry, tropic fruits and grass, light sweet, mouth-watering acidity, very elegant style. smooth texture and good length.

Ap: 5/5; Ar: 12/15; Palate: 17/20; Overall: 3+2/10
TOTAL: 89/100
White
2013 Ata Rangi Pinot Gris Lismore New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
87 points
fresh pear and peach, lemon. oily and creamy style.

Ap: 5/5; Ar: 11/15; Palate: 16/20; Overall: 3+2/10
TOTAL: 88/100
White
2012 Ata Rangi Chardonnay Petrie New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
87 points
this 2nd tier label Chardonnay is nearly same as 'Craighall', just a little less density, a little more fruity and mineral.

AP: 4/5; AR: 12/15; Palate: 16/20; overall: 3+2/10
TOTAL: 87/100
White
2012 Ata Rangi Chardonnay Craighall New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
93 points
peach, melon, toast, nutty and oaked, quite complex. well balanced and grand structure, remind me Chassagne-Montrachet. 30 years old vines, low yield. top level Martinborough Chardonnay.

AP: 5/5; AR: 12/15; Palate: 17/20; overall: 5+4/10
TOTAL: 93+/100
Red
2012 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Crimson New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
89 points
clear medium ruby. floral and intense red fruits, light sweet, herbal, earth and mushroom, medium body, nice acidity. well balanced and easy drinking. medium savoury finish with a little spice. still young, could reach Bourgogne Villages level in 3-5 years.

JC Lee 86, Bob Campbell 84.

Ap: 4/5; Ar: 13/15; palate: 16/20; overall: 3+3/10
TOTAL: 89+/100
Red
2011 Ata Rangi Célèbre New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
87 points
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
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