Sam's Wine of the Day

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz 2012
Barossa, Australia, NZ$50.00 (98 points, 5 Stars)
A formidable wine of outstanding richness, yet it’s sophisticated at the same time. Complex aromas of black/blueberry, dark plum, floral, game and vanilla lead to a velvety palate that delivers awesome intensity and opulence. A gratifying wine from an exceptional vintage. Surely this is the best wine made under this label of fifty-year history. At its best: 2022 to 2042. $55.00. Signatory: Robert Hill-Smith (Chairman of the Board) NZ Distributor: Negociants NZ. April 2015. Click here for notes from the vertical tasting. www.yalumba.com, www.negociantsnz.com


Previous Wines of the Day

Pask Declaration Cabernet Merlot Malbec 2010
Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, NZ$50.00 (96 points, 5 Stars)
Like a beautifully carved sculpture, this has perfect symmetry and balance. Three Bordeaux grapes work in harmony, although you know who is really in charge. The presence of cabernet sauvignon, ‘The King of Grapes’, is immediate but doesn’t dominate, as the wine is filled with layers of intrigue and fabulous flavours. This is grown-up rather than groovy. Power and elegance, with classic flavours of cassis, cigar box, mixed spice and cedar with a whisper of tanned leather. It is silky and flowing with an elegant weight, stylishly framed by fine, chalky tannins. What a treat having a top-notch wine with bottle age. At its best: now to 2025. $50.00. www.pask.co.nz. June 2015.

Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Margaret River, Australia, NZ$44.00 (96 points, 5 Stars)
Charming and sumptuous, this multifaceted cabernet is packed with blackcurrant and dark plum characters as well as beautifully infused cedary oak and dried sage complexity. It is concentrated and plush on the palate with plenty of grainy tannins, providing excellent structure and finish. Great line and length. At its best: 2020 to 2032. $44.00. Click here for vertical tasting notes on Howard Park wines.  
NZ Distributor: Eurovintage www.eurovintage.co.nz  www.burchfamilywines.com.au April 2015.

Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon 2nd Vintage
Coonawarra, Australia, NZ$25.00 (93 points, 5 Stars)
Very cabernet, very Coonawarra, very delicious. Fragrant aromas of cassis, dark plum, floral, mint chocolate and cedar notes lead to a succulent palate that is focused and beautifully weighted with silky texture and supple tannins. There is a whisper of smoky, spicy notes adding to the appeal and intrigue of this stylish cabernet. The wine was matured in French and American oak for 12 to 18 months, then 12 weeks in Irish Whiskey barrels. At its best: now to 2020. $25.00. NZ Distributor: Pernod Ricard NZ. April 2015.

Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Shiraz 1st Vintage
Barossa, Australia, NZ$25.00 (94 points, 5 Stars)
The wine shows gorgeous aromas of blackberry, vanilla, clove and cocoa on the nose, followed by a concentrated palate that is velvety and rounded with plush tannins providing excellent frame and structure. Beautifully harmonious and immensely appealing. The wine was matured in French and American oak for 12 to 18 months, then 12 weeks in Scotch Whisky barrels. At its best: now to 2020. $25.00. NZ Distributor: Pernod Ricard NZ. April 2015.

Folding Hill Pinot Noir 2012
Central Otago, New Zealand, NZ$45.00 (95 points, 5 Stars)
A wonderful example of pinot showing both power and elegance. The fragrant bouquet shows complex aromas of red/blackberry, floral and spice with a whisper of cedary oak notes. It is concentrated and finely textured, and displays excellent mid palate weight and richness, brilliantly framed by fine, silky tannins. Generous and flavoursome, and destined to evolve graciously. At its best: now to 2022. $45.00. www.foldinghill.co.nz. April 2015. 

Tongue in Groove Riesling 2013
Waipara Valley, New Zealand, NZ$28.00 (95 points, 5 Stars)
Tongue in Groove is no longer a ‘new kid on the block’; it is a formidable producer of outstanding wines, year after year. This latest offering combines vibrancy with sensuality, and delivers loads of pleasing flavours. Beautifully perfumed with stone fruit, floral, mandarin and a hint of honey on the nose. The palate is concentrated and finely textured with subliminal sweetness backed by bright acidity. Delightfully refreshing and immensely enjoyable already, this is a brilliantly structured riesling with a promising future. At its best: now to 2023. $28.00. www.tongueingroove.co.nz. April 2015.

Tongue in Groove Pinot Noir 2013
Waipara Valley, New Zealand, NZ$45.00 (95 points, 5 Stars)
This is wonderfully pure; lifted notes of dark cherry, raspberry, plum and floral, together with spice and dried herb nuances. The palate is succulent, rounded and silky, and offers excellent weight and intensity, beautifully supported by plenty of polished tannins. The wine flows seamlessly to an impressively long finish. At its best: now to 2023. $45.00. www.tongueingroove.co.nz. April 2015.

Tongue in Groove Clayvin Pinot Noir 2013
Marlborough, New Zealand, NZ$45.00 (96 points, 5 Stars)
This engaging pinot comes from the dark side of the most seductive places. Gorgeous aromas of dark fruit, game, spice and truffle fill the nose with subtle background notes of bouquet garni. It is concentrated and expansive with velvety texture and layers of delicious flavours. Tannins are fine, chalky and in abundance, providing classic structure to this compelling wine. At its best: now to 2025. $45.00. www.tongueingroove.co.nz. April 2015.
Foxes Island La Lapine 2012
Marlborough, NZ$60.00 (97 points, 5 Stars)
There are many excellent alternative-style sauvignon blancs. This is the best of them all. Made from free-run juice with full solids, fermented in mainly large 400-litre seasoned oak barrels using indigenous yeasts, the wine is symphonic and glorious. Powerful and astonishingly complex, notes of white nectarine, ripe citrus, lime zest and nuances of dried herb and flint lead to a richly flavoured palate that offers outstanding weight and concentration, brilliantly supported by silky texture and firm acidity. A compelling wine of exceptional line and length. At its best: now to 2028. $60.00. www.foxes-island.co.nz. March 2015.


Elephant Hill Syrah 2013
Hawke's Bay, NZ$34.00 (94 points, 5 Stars)
Champion Shiraz/Syrah and Champion Wine of the Show at the 2014 Spiegelau Wine Competition, this is a hugely promising syrah. The wine exhibits outstanding fruit purity with elegant complexity - black plum, blueberry, smoke and cedar. It's concentrated and refined on the palate showing gorgeous fruit weight and velvety texture, and finishes superbly long and smooth. Supple tannins provide excellent structure and length. At its best: 2015 to 2023. $34.00.  www.elephanthill.co.nz. June 2014.
Martinborough, NZ$75.00 (96 points, 5 Stars)
This is a quintessential Ata Rangi pinot that we know and love, exhibiting sensuality with seductive power. The bouquet is engaging and most appealing with aromas of dark cherry, plum, dried herb and floral with a touch of almond. It's supremely elegant yet intense and persistent. The wine shows seamless mouthfeel and texture, within a frame of fine/firm tannins. At its best: 2015 to 2025. $75.00. www.atarangi.co.nz. Aug 2014.
Terra Sancta Estate Pinot Noir 2012
Central Otago, NZ$35.00 (93 points, 5 Stars)
Stylish and soothing, this satisfying pinot shows fragrant aromas of red/black cherry, blueberry, game and spice. The palate is refined and silky, beautifully supported by gorgeous fruit intensity with supple tannins. The wine shows harmony and sophistication, and is immensely appealing already. Grapes were grown on their Terra Sancta vineyard on Felton Road; fermented with about 15% whole clusters. Sub-region: Bannockburn. At its best: now to 2021. $35.00. www.terrasancta.co.nz. July 2014.
Te Whare Ra Toru 2013
Marlborough, NZ$26.00 (91 points)
This is irresistible drinking. A wonderful blend of gewurztraminer, riesling and pinot gris, the elegantly perfumed bouquet shows yellow peach, mango, citrus and floral with a touch of mixed spice. The palate shows fabulous harmony and silky texture, backed by plenty of ripe flavours. At its best: now to 2018. $26.00. Widely available. Certified organic. May 2014. www.twrwines.co.nz 
Palliser Estate Riesling 2012
Martinborough, NZ$23.00 (94 points, 5 Stars)
One of the most consistently excellent labels, and one of the best-value rieslings, Palliser Estate's hidden gem is their riesling. This is delightful, charming and immensely appealing. The perfumed bouquet shows white peach, lemon/lime and floral notes. It's ripe and mouth-watering on the palate with subtle sweetness, finishing long and crisp-dry. Stunning balance and poise.  At its best: now to 2020. www.palliser.co.nz
Woollaston  Riesling 2012
Nelson, NZ$23.00 (93 points, 5 Stars)
This is gorgeous. The bouquet shows fabulous aromas of nectarine, ripe citrus and floral. It's beautifully ripe and expressive on the palate  with elegant sweetness and perfectly pitched acidity, leading to an impressively long, succulent finish. An outstanding medium-style riesling. At its best: now to 2020. $23.00. Certified organic.

Woollaston Mahana Riesling 2010
Nelson, NZ$28.00 (94 points, 5 Stars)
It's delightfully perfumed on the nose displaying white peach, mango, citrus and floral characters. The palate is concentrated and succulent with elegant sweetness (45 g/l) and perfectly integrated acidity, finishing beautifully fine and juicy. An irresistibly delicious wine. At its best: now to 2020. $28.00. Certified organic.

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