Try something new
Always on the lookout for something new, different or on it's way to achieving cult status? Here are three wines that fit that brief ...
2013 Harakeke Farm Chardonnay
This relatively new Upper Moutere Nelson producer got rave reviews from this column on their inaugural releases last year. It’s getting even better. They have an under-$30 pinot noir that has to be the best-value New Zealand pinot, and this chardonnay is exquisite. Not big or full of swagger and attitude, it’s quietly understated, with more than just a nod to a Burgundian style. Flinty and mineral-infused, with elements of genius. Not just one to watch — purchase immediately.
2013 Rockburn fumé Blanc
A vote of thanks to creative winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis for going out on a limb and making a fumé blanc. Says the winemaker, “Although it’s made from sauvignon blanc, what I’m seeking is expression of minerality and texture, something far away from the “ordinary” as far as we understand sauvignon blanc.” This is a single vineyard wine displaying richness and minerality but focused more on complex textural secondary characters rather than the primary notes of the usual Kiwi sauvignon. Floral, herbal, creamy and fabulous.
2012 Corofin Marlborough Pinot Noir
A new kid on the block from Marlborough. The region continues to reposition itself as not just all about sauvignon blanc. An auspicious debut indeed, from winemaker Mike Paterson, who brings a high level of experienceand expertise with an excellentwine that will add to the region’s growing reputation for premium pinot. Red fruit flavours are nicely balanced with a savoury, textured complexity. This is a genuine crowd-pleaser and definitely in the “ones to watch” category.
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