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New Zealand tasting notes

text and photographs © 2007 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on New Zealand's South Island.


Carrick, Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Made using 20% of old barrel fermentation. The nose has a nice herbal edge, with a touch of passionfruit and nettle. There's a hint of oatmeal and plenty of vivid fruit. The palate has lovely passionfruit. And hints of lime and lime blossom, with good balance and fine, lengthening acidity.

Carrick, Riesling 2005
Clean lemon and lime nose, with a touch of mineral, slaty perfume. Lovely crisp Riesling, with very fine lemon and lime flavours. Terrific zesty character into the finish, with lots of clean, crisp fruit.

Carrick, Pinot Gris 2005
Clean, bright, style of Pinot Gris, with a very fine pear and ripe apple fruit nose and a fairly dry, flavoursome palate. Steve says it is very difficult to achieve really ripe flavours without extracting too much phenolics and tannins.

Carrick, Chardonnay 2004
15% new oak here, all French and 100% Malolactic. There's a touch of nutty, oatmeally richness to this, with some subtle toast and a real minerality. On the palate the fruit is sweet and ripe, with hints of tropicality like nectarine and pineapple, and a lovely mineral acidity into the finish.

Carrick, "Unravelled" Pinot Noir 2004
Entry level, with an attractive and juicy nose, with good raspberry fruitiness and a fine, juicy palate with lively fruit and a savoury, balanced tannin and acid balance.

Carrick, Pinot Noir 2002
Lovely ripe, soft, plush strawberry fruit with a berry richness. Very fine and elegant on the palate. Juicy black plum and black cherry, with good definition. There is real finesse here, with supple tannins and a mouthfilling silkiness, yet crisp acids giving a savoury finish.

Carrick, Pinot Noir 2003
A brief tasting of this as time was against me, but really a lovely nose, brimming with vibrant, rip[e black cherries and with a juicy, elegant, mouth-watering style on the palate.

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