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Sam's Wine of the Day
Elephant Hill Syrah 2013
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.
Previous Wines of the Day
Central Otago, NZ$35.00 (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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