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2011 Brancott Estate Letter Series 'F' Pinot Gris

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F is for Fairhall Valley, the other name for the Brancott Valley. This is a stylish and smooth pinot gris that has plenty of ripe, spiced pear and a yeasty edge too, some lovely charming...

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:16 EST 2012

2012 Howard Park Sauvignon Blanc

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A bright and concentrated sauvignon that offers a wealth of tropical fruit aromas – really bursts from the glass – some stone fruits, melon, gently grassy and leafy notes here too.

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:30 EST 2012

2000 Krug Vintage Brut

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This is quite an incredible Champagne, with virtually unmatched grace and complexity, a hedonistic treat that will leave you gasping for more at the end of the bottle.

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:32 EST 2012

2011 Red Claw Pinot Noir

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The colour's pretty decent for the vintage, nice mid-cherry red in the glass; aromas flow along the red cherry path, nicely ripe and gently perfumed.

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:35 EST 2012

2011 Coal Valley Vineyard FGR Riesling

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A simple and straight-shooting soft off-dry white, with simple sweet lime and apple fruits and an easy soft palate. This won't challenge but will delight.

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:23 EST 2012

2011 Tohu Pinot Gris

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Expressive and creamy, with fruit aromas of pear and citrus melding with marzipan, nougat, almond paste and dried tangerine.

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:39 EST 2012

2011 Te M?nia Pinot Gris

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Hailing from the cool, maritime-influenced climate of Nelson at the top of the South Island, the Te M?nia Pinot Gris shows classic pithy pear aromas, along with lighter shades of papaya...

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:39 EST 2012

2012 Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Gris

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Lovely, vivid, varietally true aromas of crunchy nashi pear and citrus fruits burst from the glass. There's hints of marzipan and clotted cream, and lighter wafts of dill and cucumber.

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:39 EST 2012

2009 Vietti Barolo Castiglione DOCG

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Cask tasting. This is full of charm and musky dark cherry fruits, quite floral, not too ripe; the oak is adding interest and early complexity to the nose, which is pure and primary.

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:21 EST 2012

2008 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito DOCG

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The 2008 Lazzarito is a distance runner in a bottle: impeccable shape and balance, and the tannins are muscular and ripple at the edges of the palate.

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:21 EST 2012

2008 Vietti Barolo Rocche DOCG

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A reserved and restrained Rocche, and that means a force to be reckoned with for this traditionally taut and tightly held wine.

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:20 EST 2012

2008 Vietti Barolo Castiglione DOCG

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This is the pick of the remains of Castiglione after the cru wines have been taken out of play, but don't think for a second that this is anything but above average.

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:20 EST 2012

2007 Vietti Barbaresco DOCG Masseria

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This looks as if it is maturing into a transition, and shows very sombre, savoury elements on the nose, some terrific herbal fragrance, fine spice, rosehip and sweet, light maraschino...

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:20 EST 2012

2009 Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo Langhe DOC

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An amalgam of declassified Barolo parcels that are given the same elevage as the rest of the Barolo fruit, but they just don't measure up for Castiglione.

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:19 EST 2012

2010 Terra Sancta Jackson's Block Pinot Noir

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Forest floor notes underscore the deep, broody black cherry and plum fruits, sultry clove and five spice, roasting meats and smoky oak on the nose.

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:56 EST 2012

2010 Rockburn The Art Pinot Noir

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Expressive and fruit forward, with aromas of ripe plum, spiced cherry and Turkish delight. Hints of Peking duck and exotic spice with a liberal dash of funk; it's a wine that will win...

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:55 EST 2012

2010 Domain Road Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Situated in Central Otago's Bannockburn sub-region, this wine displays quite powerful dark and black berry fruits, deep-set Asian spice and subtle oak.

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:55 EST 2012

2010 Bellbird Spring Pinot Noir

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Plummy fruit on show here, with hints of five spice, roasting meats, earth and smoky oak nuance. Pleasing drive and shape on the palate, but lacks a little finesse on the finish.

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:55 EST 2012

2010 Greystone Pinot Noir

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Quite a powerful style, with deep aromas of dark and black berry fruits, exotic spice, earth and smoky oak.

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:17:54 EST 2012

2012 Paracombe Sauvignon Blanc

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Another terrific edition of this crisp yet fleshy style that delivers plenty of citrus and ripe melon fruits on the nose; lovely, sweet fragrance here.

Drink | Nick Stock | Thu Nov 29 04:16:59 EST 2012