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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.


Forrest Estate, Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Beautifully clean, rounded, slightly waxy tropical style of fruit, with a nice aromatic herbal qualities and a perfumed, lychee note. Lovely rich, passionfruit and rolling, fleshy nectarine fruit with a lovely long, beautifully poised.

Forrest Estate, Estate Dry Riesling 2005
Fine mineral notes on the nose, with touches of nettle and developing waxy, slightly petrolly notes. The palate comes through with fresh, crisp lemon and lime. Lovely balance and fine, shimmering mineral acidity.

Forrest Estate, Brancott Valley Riesling 2004
Extra richness, with extra aromatics and a rich mouthfilling texture. Sweeter, with 10g sugar, and a slightly more tropical lychee note.

Forrest Estate, Gewürztramier 2004
Nicely expressive nose, with lychee and delicate floral and Nivea cream notes, and passionfruit aromas. Fine mouthfilling textural fruit, with those sweet-fruited palate with lovely lime acidity. Terrific.

Forrest Estate, Chardonnay 2004
50% Malolactic, 50%. Nice gentle toastiness, with some creamy, oatmeal and gently honeyed notes. Very fine palate, with nicely judged oak that gives a toffeed, fudgy note to very fresh, mouthfilling pear and peach fruit. Very good acidity again here.

Forrest Estate, Rosé 2005
Merlot Malbec Pinot Cabernet Syrah. Beautiful rose-hip and red cherry aromas. Fine red liquorice notes and floral touches. Fine mouthfilling fruit, with a good texture and a fine, crisp acidity. Very clean and fresh.

Forrest Estate, Pinot Noir 2004
Very fine cherry aromatics here, with delicious oak with fine oak. With a lovely charm and elegance on the palate, giving fine quality and a good silky mouthfeel. Very good quality.

Forrest Estate, Brancott Valley Pinot Noir 2003
Very fine nose of gentle truffle and earthy aroma. Nice animal qualities. The palate has chocolate and prune components. Chocolaty richness to the tannins and old vines concentration.

Forrest Estate, Waitake Valley (North Otago) Pinot Noir 2004
Very fine vanillin nose. Not quite so open and generous. More plummy and meaty, with dark, pruney fruit character and fine richness coming though.

Forrest Estate, Newton Forrest Cabernet Merlot Malbec 2002
30% French coopered American oak. Big super ripe and oaked minted toffee darkness, with a black plum and quite polished, dark, blueberry fruit. Fine meaty, dark, very savoury with lots of roughening plum skin qualities that are rough and full. Plenty of bittersweet juiciness.

Forrest Estate, Newton Forrest Cornerstone Syrah 2002
Definite pepperiness, with lots of schisty, gravelly quality, moving through fine black fruits. This has great presence on the palate, with really superfine, silky black fruits. This is layered with black chocolate and fine, grippy, quality on the finish.

Forrest Estate, Late Harvest Riesling 2003
In UK. Brancott Valley Riesling. Late-picked, just as berries shrivel. 8% ABV, 100g/l RS. Total Acidity 8.2%. Beautiful barley sugar nose, with fine, buttery, pure lime and lime flower notes, and a fine dried apricot character. Terrific lime-zest . Beautiful Auslese style.

UK Agent: Adnams, Phone: 01502 727222

for New Zealand South Island profiles, Forrest Estate