Tag Archives: Caro’s Wines

Syrah for the cellar

Bilancia 2013 La Collina, Hawke’s Bay $120 Generously proportioned Syrah with intense sweet dark berry fruits, chocolate, black pepper and spicy oak. Firmly structured red with fine, ripe tannins assuring a long life although slightly restraining aromatics at the moment. La Collina has a proven

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Te Mata 2013 Bullnose Syrah, Hawke’s Bay $49 100% Syrah (no Viognier) – elegant, powerful wine with intense dark berry fruit and subtle floral/violet flavours plus a seasoning of cracked black pepper. Very aromatic and appealing red that has some of the aromatic and textural

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Esk Valley 2013 Winemakers Reserve Syrah, Hawke’s Bay $59.99 Intense, rich Syrah with dense, ripe dark berry fruit, plum, chocolate/mocha, black pepper and exotic spice flavours. The wine has a rich, almost chewy texture that’s very appealing. It should age very well but is deliciously

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Craggy Range 2013 Le Sol Syrah, Hawke’s Bay $105 Craggy Range’s flagship wine from a vintage that has been hailed as “once in a lifetime”. Dense but not a heavy wine, lithe rather than blockbuster although certainly not lacking power. Tightly packed flavours. including dark

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Never mind the price, feel the quality

Whenever I ask a winemaker to supply a typical retail price for a wine they inevitably hesitate before answering. I imagine the thoughts that race through his or her head go something like this: “Should I give him the $25 price offered by the most expensive retailer in town, the $19.95 cellar door price, the $12.99 supermarket price or the heavily discounted $9.99 asked by a cut-price website?

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Trading down

How often do you read a sentence starting “due to CEC ….” followed by news of doom and gloom. CEC means, of course, “current economic conditions”. Everyone’s affected by CEC. Well almost everyone. It doesn’t seem to have affected me yet but I’m sure it will.

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What a difference a year makes

In the past couple of weeks I’ve kicked the dirt and studied bunches of grapes in Central Otago, Marlborough, Nelson, Kumeu and Matakana. In the next couple of weeks I plan to visit Canterbury and Hawke’s Bay. It’s a nerve-wracking time for the nation’s grape-growers. Cold wet weather during flowering, heavy rain just before harvest, hail or frost can mean a trip to the bank with cap in hand.

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Wine Pick

It doesn’t get much better than this according to the judges at the Air NZ Wine Awards – they awarded top trophy to this fantastic red. Big, rich, no-holds-barred Syrah – New Zealand’s answer to Penfolds Grange. With careful cellaring it should last 20 years.

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New Zealand vs Australia

At a dinner party recently I posed the question, “which country makes better wine, New Zealand or Australia?” It caused surprisingly heated debate not the least because a couple of the guests were Aussies. The group eventually came up with an answer. “New Zealand makes better white while Australia makes better red wine”. That’s the perception. Reality is slightly different.