Welcome to Wine OrbitWelcome to Wine Orbit - a bi-monthly (subscription-only) publication featuring reviews of New Zealand wines and wines of the world. Its aim is to provide you with independent, extensive and detailed wine reviews, written by a senior wine judge. It's your ultimate New Zealand Wine Review.SAM'S WINE OF THE DAY
Terrace Edge Waipara Pinot Noir 2011
$28.00, 93 pts (5 Stars)
Youthful and fragrant, the complex bouquet shows red/black cherry, plum, spice and vanilla characters. It's ripe and rounded on the palate with excellent focus and silky texture, leading to a long, expansive finish. Beautifully styled and expressed. At its best: now to 2018. $28.00. 14% Screw cap. Jan 2013.
Previous Wines of the DayMichelle Richardson Pinot Rosé 2010 (NZ$23, 91 points). Rosé is not just for hot summer days. This is a seriously good wine for anytime of the year. More generous and opulent than most, displaying lifted aromas of red cherry, plum and floral characters. The palate is succulent and weighty with smooth texture and a gentle dry finish. At its best: now to 2012. www.richardsonwines.co.nzBlackenbrook Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 (NZ$31, 94 points). Well known for their gorgeous aromatic wines, Daniel and Ursula Schwarzenbach have fashioned this impressive Pinot. It's youthful yet immensely appealing, displaying red/black cherry, spice, game and cedary oak characters. The palate is concentrated and dense with silky texture and plenty of fine, polished tannins. At its best: now to 2016.CJ Pask Declaration Chardonnay 2007 (NZ$41, 95 points). I have tasted this wine several times over the last year, and it's looking better and better ever time I try it. The wine was fermented in new French oak then matured and stirred on lees for 11 months. A magnificent nose displaying stonefruit, buttered popcorn and vanillin oak characters with a hint of mealy notes. The palate is concentrated and beautifully textured with excellent mid palate weight and well integrated acidity. The wine is full-flavoured yet shows lovely poise and firm structure. At its best: now to 2013. $41.00 Moderate availability. 13.5% Screw cap. www.cjpaskwinery.co.nz.
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