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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 North Island.


Lincoln, Hawke's Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Very attractive, rich. Gently waxy nose, quite rich and leesy notes, and moving into the passionfruit spectrum. Quite rich, nectarine and peachy hints. Lovely gentle green apple acidity, and plenty of verve and length. A lovely food wine style. £8

Lincoln, Gisborne Gewürztraminer 2004
Very rich, very powerful nose. Lots of very pungent floral-edged fruity aromatic. A touch of Nivea cream and plenty of punchy fruit. Mouthfilling, with lovely leafy, waxy rich tropical fruit, but then a fine grapefruit pithy acidity adds a cut and verve to the finish. Nice and tangy. £9

Lincoln, Unoaked Chardonnay 2004
Hawke's Bay and Gisborne fruit. A mealy quality to lemony, apple and pear fruit. A touch of herbal quality and quite buttery. Good rich, buttery texture o the plate. Mouth-filling, quite unctuous tropical fruit, with hints of pineapple and very ripe nectarine and melon. Good tangy finish again, with rounded, soft, but adequate acidity that adds a lovely crispness. £8

Lincoln, Barrique Chardonnay 2004
Gisborne fruit. 12 months in French oak, around 60% new. Rather oak-dominant at present with vanillin and buttery, toasty notes evident. A tropical fruit quality beneath. On the palate quite a rich texture, with a minty edge to very ripe orchard fruits. Fine, dry, juicy acidity and a long finish. At the moment it needs a little more time to integrate, but very promising.

Lincoln, Gisborne Merlot 2003
About 50% new French oak. Lovely big cedary, plummy, dark, ripe red cherry fruit. A hint mint eucalyptus. Lovely soft, dry, mouthfilling plum and chocolate textured fruit. Beautiful soft, with an elegant texture suggesting lots of ripeness and softness. A touch of earthy, more vegetal fruit adds complexity, and a long, balanced finish with soft tannin structure and gentle acidity. £7.99

Lincoln, Hawke's Bay Pinot Noir 2003
Whole bunch pressing, 3 week maceration. Very dark, dense colour. Very spicy and earthy, with some meat stock aromas and hints of juicy cherry fruit. A very solid style of Pinot noir, with palate-filling soft fruit and plenty of texture and weight. Juciy and chewy tannins, in a big, but really quite complex style given the price point. £8.99

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