Garnier & Fils Chablis, Burgundy 2014 AUD $36 The colour is bright, light yellow and the aroma is typical Chablis: chalky, savoury, with some green herb notes. The palate is light and restrained with balanced acidity and soft texture. A refreshing, more-ish dry white. (Cork;
Quartz Reef 2010 Methode Traditionnelle, Central Otago NZD $45 A blend of Chardonnay (93%) and Pinot Noir with 45 months en tirage. Taut, pure wine with an ethereal texture and subtle toast/brioche yeast lees characters. Long and linear Méthode. Very impressive by any measure. (Cork)
Lark Hill Viognier, Canberra District 2015 AUD $25 The colour is light to medium yellow and the bouquet is very appealing: clean and fragrant with notes of honey, spices and citrus fruits. It’s juicy, intense and long in the mouth, a delicious and seductive wine.
Kumeu River 2014 Hunting Hill Chardonnay, Kumeu NZD $60 Crisp, high energy Chardonnay with citrus, lemon, wet stone mineral, cashew nut, bran biscuit and spicy oak. 25% new oak – deliberately less toasty. Gives a nod in the direction Burgundy. Fresh and lingering finish. Very
Marcel Martin Cuvée Mademoiselle Pays d’Oc Rosé, Languedoc 2014 AUD $13 With a light smoked salmon hue with an orange tinge, this dry, savoury, subtle syrah rose is developing dried herb aromas. Lemon-juicy taste, delicate and lingering with a satisfying touch of richness. Great value.
Kumeu River 2014 Estate Chardonnay, Kumeu NZD $30 20% new oak. Impressive Chardonnay with peach, stone fruit, toasted nut, brioche, vanilla and spicy oak. Great texture – quite rich with a suede-like feel. Lengthy wine with a good structure of gentle acidity and subtle tannins.
Momo 2014 Organic Chardonnay, Marlborough $19 Light, fresh, fruit-focused Chardonnay with gentle white pear, melon and grapefruit flavours, plus a seasoning of nutty yeast lees character. The wine has an appealing and ethereal texture. (Screwcap) Score: 91 ★★★★ – view on bobcampbell.nz Alcohol: 12.5% Aging: now-2019
Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Riesling, Eden Valley 2015 $19 Dried flower and straw aromas mingle with a touch of spice; the wine is very intense and yet also delicate in the mouth, with refined texture and a long persistence. The track-record shows it will also age well.
Shingleback Davey Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale 2013 $24 Another amazing bargain from the Davey family of Shingleback. With its deep rich colour and inviting ripe berry and licorice aromas, this wine has intensity and concentration, density and length, fleshiness and drive. Keen value.
Hardys 2014 Heritage Reserve Bin (HRB) Riesling, Clare Valley & Tasmania $28 Sent to me from Australia by Bill Hardy, the box had a large, live and vicious looking spider inside. I hope it got in there by accident. An interesting regional blend with lovely,