Rockburn Wines

Rockburn Wine The Chosen SV Pinot Noir 2018 Central Otago

Fragrant, varietal, youthful and urgent with a bouquet of baking spices and ripe red berries, crushed rock minerality and wood smoke, fresh and old roses, a youthful energy and unmistakable Pinosity. Equally urgent and varietal on the palate with all the flavours described. An abundance of fine to moderate tannins - both fruit and oak on show, medium+ acidity and lengthy finish. A well made wine with a core of ripe fruit, fresh oak and youthful banter. Drink now or best wait till 2021 to open then through 2028.

95 Points

Cameron Douglas
Astrolabe

Astrolabe Kek Sauvignon Blanc 218 Marlborough

Vibrant youthful, varietal and engaging bouquet of SB - aromas and flavours of fresh white fleshed fruit then sweet meyer lemon, wet stone, grapefruit and fresh lychee. Juicy and fleshy on the palate with flavours that reflect the nose, an abundance of acidity then suggestions of lemon-grass, and hay, citrus and tropical fruits. Balanced and well made, nice mineral finish. Drink now and through 2022.

90 Points

Cameron Douglas
Stonecroft

Stonecroft Ruhanui Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay

Very ripe fruited bouquet with aromas of dark berries, plums and blackberries. Plenty of oak at the core as well with suggestions of dark spices and smoke, some cigar box then dry stone earthy qualities. Bold, ripe, firm and youthful on the palate. A core of dark berry fruit flavours then tobacco and wood layers, firm tannins and plenty of acidity. A lovely wine with a generous palate, lengthy finish and well made. Drinking best from late 2020 through 2026.

91 Points

Cameron Douglas
McArthur Ridge

McArthur Ridge Southern Tor Pinot Noir 2016 Central Otago

Lovely bouquet of dark fruited Pinot with aromas of dark cherry and ripe plump raspberry, aromas of oak layer in with a mix of vanilla and clove. Dry, fruity and exuberant on the palate with a core of red berry fruit flavours, firm-ish tannins and refreshing layer of acidity. A balanced and well made wine, youthful and well placed to enjoy with or without food. Best drinking late 2020 through 2024.

89 Points

McArthur Ridge Southern Tor Pinot Noir 2018 Central Otago

Bright, fresh, fruity and youthful with a fresh red cherry and sweet raspberry bouquet, medium+ oak and youthful mineral layers. Dry on the palate with fine tannins and medium+ acidity. Flavours mirror the nose with moderate oak and a balanced, even finish. Overall a well made wine. Drink now and through 2024.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
Bristol Farm

Bristol Farm Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago

An engaging, tense, vibrant and fruity core in the bouquet. Aromas suggesting plum skin and dark cherry flesh, a soft Central Otago dried thyme seam and darker spices of smoky oak. On the palate - dry, firm textures with medium+ acidity are contrasted by the core of red fruits and savoury mineral tones. The texture is also specific with the unfined and unfiltered chalky, grainy layers of fruit and wood tannins. Youthful, lengthy, complex and developing. A wine to watch. Best drinking likely 2021 through 2027. 94 Points

Bristol Farm Pinot Noir 2014 Central Otago

Plush, youthful ripe and fruity bouquet with a aromas of red and black cherries, raspberries and roses layered between aromas of sweet vanilla wood spices and a little oak smoke - with a bacon note. Plush, fruity and salivating flavours on the palate. Quite complex yet youthful and juicy as well. Fine chalky tannins with medium+ acidity, a core of fruit and flavour, some mineral action and building complexity. Balanced and well made, fine and lengthy. Drinking well now and through 2025. 95 Points

Cameron Douglas
Black Estate

Black Estate Home Pinot Noir 2017 North Canterbury

A complex, tense and interesting bouquet of Pinot Noir with aromas of minerals and dark berries, organic crushed stone and preserved roses, raspberry and plum, cherry and red apple skin. Equally complex on the palate with flavours that mirror the nose, fine chalky tannins and medium+ acidity. A lengthy fine finish. While still youthful with a developing complexity as the wine opens up in glass this Pinot will draw the attention of many fans of the variety with its gentle savoury core and lengthy harmonious finish.

95 Points

Cameron Douglas
Black Estate

Black Estate Cabernet Franc 2018 North Canterbury

A distinctive and engaging bouquet of France with aromas of dried herbs and olive, dark red berries and a steely gun-metal note. A few layers of violets and oak then back to red berry-fruit suggestions. Tart, tense, firm and dry on the palate with flavours that reflect the nose, tart red berries, firm youthful tannins and plenty of acidity. A medium weighted wine that begins to show more floral notes as it opens up in glass. This wine needs some time in bottle to calm and integrate before it can show its true story. Best left till end of 2020 then taste again. For now - decant for service and serve with food.

87 Points

Cameron Douglas
Chene Bleu

Chene Bleu Le Rose Grenache Syrah blend 2018 Vaucluse, France

A delicate yet fruity bouquet of rose coloured wine with aromas and flavours of peach and apricot, red apple and white strawberry. Fresh and quite crisp on the palate with medium + acidity, a light satin textur and delicate flavours of the fruits described above. An easy to enjoy example, drinking best now and through 2020. 86 Points

Chene Bleu Aliot Roussanne, White Grenache, Marsanne and Viognier - blend 2014 Vaucluse, France

A balanced and calm bouquet of white wine with layers of nutty oak and oak spices then a medley of fruit aromas from peach and apple to apricot then flowers. The bouquet also shows a wine that has integrated well over the past 5 years and is ready to drink. A mix of oak and fruit, some fine wood tannins, medium acidity and fruit flavours that reflect the nose. Overall balanced and well made, drink now and through 2022. 88 Points

Chene Bleu Heloise Syrah, Grenache and Roussanne 2011 Vaucluse, France

A bold and expressive bouquet of red wine with distinctive aromas of wood smoke and barrel spices then dark red fruits and kitchen spices. No mistaking the peppery effect of Syrah. Dry on the palate with tense and still youthful palate feel. Flavours of dark cherry and plum, some black currant and a little black berry fruit. Firm tannins and medium+ acidity, plenty of wood flavours with a toasted wood core. Balanced and well made with a decent finish. Drink well now and through 2026. 91 Points

Chene Bleu Abélard Grenache Syrah blend 2011 Ventoux, France

Plums and dark cherry, dark roses and dried herbs, a distinctive VA lift and a mix of white and black pepper spice. The oak is layered through the bouquet with bottle age softening the energy with which is must have shown when first bottled. A very specific wine on the palate with textures of fine chalk and dusty wood. Flavours of clove and wood smoke then dark berries and cherry, a touch of milk chocolate and old rose. Medium acidity and moderate finish this wine is ready to enjoy - perhaps with food - but will also continue to cellar if allowed to. Best drinking today and through 2025. 90 Points

Chene Bleu Astralabe Grenache Syrah blend 2015 Vaucluse, France

Youthful bouquet of red wine with a fresh and lifted package of aromas - red cherries and plum, some spices of Syrah and moments of black-currant. Vanilla and clove spices of wood lead to other aromas of stones and clay soil suggestions. Dry on the palate, quite tense with a youthful grip from tannins and acidity. Fruit flavours re-emerge with cherry and red currants, some plum and darker fruit suggestions. A youthful yet balanced wine with moderate complexity and finish. Drinking best from 2021 through 2026. 90 Points

Cameron Douglas
Main Divide

Main Divide Rosé 2019 North Canterbury

An assemblage of different varieties show off aromas of peach tea and red apple, red cherry and a light scent of rose. Crisp, fruity, ripe and tart fruits from cherry to apple and red melon envelope the palate. Refreshing, light, crisp and just dry on the finish. Classic Summer drinking all wrapped up in a single bottle. Lots to enjoy with this wine. Best drinking from today and through to Summer 2021.

90 Points

Cameron Douglas
Main Divide

Main Divide Pinot Gris 2018 North Canterbury

Fleshy, ripe, varietal and distinctive bouquet of Gris. Aromas and flavours of apple and candied citrus peel, poached pear in vanilla spice, a light button mushroom note adding a little intrigue. Calm, creamy texture, balanced and mouth-filling on the palate. Flavours of spicy apple and baked pear, medium acidity and weight. Overall a lovely wine ready to enjoy today and through 2021.

90 Points

Cameron Douglas
Main Divide

Main Divide Sauvignon Blanc 2019 North Canterbury

Fleshy, fruity and varietal bouquet of SB -aromas and flavours of peaches and sweet grapefruit, some pineapple and mango, quite floral too with a frangipani suggestion then some classic herbs moments. Fresh, crisp and lush with plenty of acidity and a core of fruit and vibrant texture. Drinking well now and through 2022.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Black Estate

Black Estate Damsteep Pinot Noir 2017 North Canterbury

A delightful bouquet - fruity, youthful and complex with aromas and flavours of plum and raspberry, cherry and dried herb spices. The oak signature is clean, fresh, youthful and forward adding a foundation of structure and smoky wood spices. Dry, tense, youthful, poised, spicy and varietal with fruit flavours of plums and red berry fruits, layers of oak with brown spices, tannins and a little smoke. Overall a complex well made wine with a distinctive signature of place, wine-making and style. Though drinkable now with Drink now and through 2026.select food this wine will best best from 2021 through 2026+.

95 Points

Cameron Douglas
Black Estate

Black Estate Netherwood Pinot Noir 2016 North Canterbury

Really nice bouquet of Pinot with aromas of roses and brown baking spices, a complex organic mineral and leesy core. Dry, textured and complex and fruity with flavours of preserved strawberry, red cherry and tart raspberry. Fine chalky tannins in abundance, some sweet oak and mild toastiness then flavours of light red berries with a little under-ripe raspberry. The oak is fresh, balanced and layered into the wine leading to a complex and detailed finish. Drink now and through 2026.

95 Points

Cameron Douglas
McAthur Ridge

McArthur Ridge Lilico Pinot Rose 2018 Central Otago

Ripe, fleshy and fruity bouquet with aromas of red melon and bing cherry, some strawberry and a little rose. Crisp and refreshing with a core of light red berry fruit flavours, plenty of acidity and a silky gently creamy texture. Fruity, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2021.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
The Boneline

The Boneline Dry Riesling 2017 Waipara

An excellent bouquet of Riesling with aromas of mandarin and lime-flower, lemon, crisp granny-smith apple and white blossoms. Fresh, crisp and refreshing on the palate, a silky texture and abundant acidity contrasted with ripe fruit flavours and core of minerality. Balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2024.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Gumbo and Good Family Wines

Gumbo and Good Sauvignon Blanc 2017 North Canterbury

Aromas and flavours include apple and sweet hay, lemon grass and quince, grapefruit skin and some green-tea-peach. Crisp, fresh, textured, lively and just dry on the palate. Abundant acidity contrasts flavours of ripe apple and white fleshed stone fruit, lemon-grass and hay. A stony mineral layer with some tropical fruit flavours including fresh lychee. Well made, organic and tasty. Drink now and through 2023.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Gumbo and Good Family Wines

Gumbo and Good Pinot Gris 2018 North Canterbury

Organically grown fruit show in the bouquet with aromas of wild white flowers, a saline then pear aroma, yellow apple and lees with a beer note. Just dry on the palate with flavours that reflect the nose - pear and apple, lees and lager. Medium+ acidity, a soft creamy texture and core of white fleshed fruit. Balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2022.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
The Boneline

The Boneline Barebone Chardonnay 2017 Waipara

A modern expression of Chardonnay built on aromas of minerality and citrus, understated though noticeable oak, a fresh vibrant personality and aromas of white orchard fruits and citrus, some flowers and soft baking spices. Dry on the palate with silky textures, a youthful core of acidity and flavours of grapefruit and white peach, some vanilla and baking spices, a gentle saline note, mild layers of oak and wood flavours and a lengthy balanced finish with a whisper of citrus. Youthful, well made and balanced. Drink now and through 2024.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Hunter's Wines

Hunter’s Offshoot Chardonnay 2017 Marlborough

Flinty, mineral, salty, fresh and attention seeking bouquet of Chardonnay. Aromas and flavours of gun metal and citrus, white peach and red apple. The oak is mild, subtle and layered into the bouquet with a whisper of vanilla and white baking spice. Dry on the palate with medium+ weight and acidity, a steely gun flint and mineral core contrasted by citrus and white fleshed fruit flavours. The oak remains subtle offering structure over flavour. A lengthy and detailed finish. Different, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2022.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Astrolabe

Atrolabe Demi-Sec Chenin Blanc 2019 Marlborough

From the Wrekin Vineyard this wine displays distinctive, precise, soft and forward bouquet. Aromas include fresh and baked apple, slices of white fleshed fruit and a gentle layer of citrus. Off-dry with a noticeable sweetness then immediately contrasting acid line showing freshness and youth. Flavours of red apple and citrus, wet stone and soft less y spice. Balanced, well made and ready. Best drinking from today and through 2024.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas