A set of Waipara West wines (Pinot Noir 2014 / Ram Paddock Red 2014 / Sauvignon Blanc 2017) complete with wooden gift box!
Sauvignon Blanc 2017 - Passionfruit, gooseberry, elderflower and grapefruit introduce the nose while slightly riper exotic fruits fill in the background. There is also a whiff of gun-flint from a touch of barrel fermentation and creamy yogurt-like complexity from extended lees contact both serving to to knit the aromatics together. In the mouth the wine is refreshingly dry, tangy, medium to full bodied and excitingly intense.
Ram Paddock Red 2014 - dark chocolate/mocha and plum notes from the Merlot, smouldering tobacco, cedar and cassis from the Cabernet and violets, red-currants and graphite from the Franc. The palate is equally serious showing sturdy, structural tannins than cloak the deep, dark pastille at its core made slightly savoury by bay leaf, black olive and anise.
Pinot Noir 2014 - In the mouth the wine feels tight and cool, the structural elements of acidity, alcohol and tannin holding the concentrated Pinot flavours at its core. The wine has amplified aromatics of the Bernard clones as well as the rustic charm of the old Saint Helena Pinot selection. The tannins particularly have a lovely sappy edge (possibly from the whole bunch ferment) that convey a feeling of tension.