Flying Sheep

Flying Sheep Single Estate Chardonnay 2016

Produced by Osawa Wines this wines has a bouquet of vanilla and yellow stone fruits, apple and baked custard. Dry on the palate with flavours that reflect the nose, medium acidity, medium+ weight, soft creamy texture and moderate length. A balanced and well-made wine with immediate drinkability and through 2020.

86 Points

Cameron Douglas
Whitehaven Wine Company

Whitehaven Gewurztraminer 2018 Marlborough

Spicy, fruity, varietal and richly scented bouquet of Gewurz’. Aromas and flavours of apples and strudel, roses and lychee, tropical fruits and fragrant herbs. Fruity, creamy texture on the palate with flavours of that reflect the nose. Medium acidity and warming alcohol add weight and texture, power and finesse. Drink now and through 2020 with lush fleshy proteins - Turkey breast or barbecued Salmon.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Louis Vavasour

LV by Louis Vavasour Chardonnay 2016 Marlborough

Rich and developing bouquet of Chardonnay showing off a mix of vanilla and oak scented stone fruits - yellow nectarine and peach. A cashew and nutty core explains the oak signature with a light toasty and new wood layer. Quite weighty on the palate with a full-rich core; lots of new oak textures and flavours, medium+ acidity; cashew, stone fruit, spices, Vogel’s bread leesy quality and tannin. Youthful, powerful, needs time in a quiet dark cellar. Lengthy finish. Best drinking from 2020 through 2028.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Villa Maria

Villa Maria Keltern Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Hawkes Bay

Classic Keltern Vineyard bouquet of flinty white fleshed fruits, grapefruit, apple and a complex leesy oaky attack. Delicious on the palate - weighty, fruity, flinty, textured and dry. Flavours of white fleshed fruits and citrus, a steady stream of oak flavours and lengthy complex finish. Lots to like and enjoy. Drink now and through 2025.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Providore

Providore Pinot Gris 2018 Central Otago

Distinctive, fruity, spicy and varietal. No mistaking the pungency of Gris’ impact on the nose with white fleshed stone fruit, pear skin and quince. Fleshy, fruity and definitive textures on the palate with weight and intensity of fruit, medium+ (just) acidity and a smooth creamy finish with some spice reminders. A nice wine to enjoy on its own or with food. Drink now and through 2020.

91 Points

Cameron Douglas
The Hunting Lodge

The Hunting Lodge White Mischief 2018 New Zealand

Fruity and floral bouquet with aromas then flavours of a mixed basket of fruits - pears, spices, white stone fruit and apple. Some lees-like flavours with baking spice and biscuit layer. Medium+(ish) acidity and weight. Fruity, easy to drink, balanced and overall well-made. Drink now and through Summer 2019.

86 Points

Cameron Douglas
The Hunting Lodge

The Hunting Lodge Albarino 2018 Marlborough

Lovely bouquet of peaches and citrus, some minerality and a crunchy fleshy core of fruit. A light tropical fruit and very soft sweet herb note develops. Luscious, fruity and fleshy textures on the palate in a just dry style; salivating acidity, medium weight, peachy, citrusy and fruit led finish. Well made and balanced. Drink now and through 2019.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Rock Ferry

Rock Ferry The Corners Vineyard Gruner Veltliner 2016 Marlborough

Fruity bouquet with aromas of apple, pear and sweet radish. A little oxidation showing with a light bruised apple note. With some white pepper and pineapple tones there is a gentle complexity as well. All these ideas show through on the palate which presents a dry wine with medium+ acidity. Classic GV tension and vegetal flavours show nicely as does the white pepper and fruits. Drink now and through 2020. Food recommended.

87 Points

Cameron Douglas
Rock Ferry

Rock Ferry Orchard Vineyard Pinot Blanc 2015 Marlborough

Calm, fruity and developing bouquet with aromas of white fleshed orchard fruits, Asian pears, apple and white peach. Some gentle white spice moments and floral aromatic lift. Crisp, dry and textured on the palate with a phenolic presence mid and back palate, contrasted by flavours of white fleshed fruits, a minerality of wet stone and acidity. A food wine for sure, balanced and ready to enjoy. Drink now and through 2020.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
Rock Ferry

Rock Ferry Pinot Gris Pinot Blanc 2016 Orange Wine Marlborough

Copper orange and brassy hued appearance lead to aromas and flavours of apple and bruised apple, some yellow stone fruit, saffron and apricot, then pressed flowers. Moderate acidity and weight, light weight tannins and flavours that reflect the nose. An interesting wine with a mix of earthy and mineral qualities alongside some bruised fruit and aged wine characters. Overall drinkable today and through 2020. Best served with Paella type cuisines - full, rich and with contrasting flavours ans textures.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
Te Pa

Te Pa The Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough

A sophisticated and charming bouquet of SB with a light leesy spice quality leading to fruit aromas of yellow stone fruits and citrus, some gentle tropical fruit notes and sweet hay. Crisp, refreshing, fruity and just dry on the palate, decent fruit weight and flavours that reflect the nose with a light lees ginger spice layer. well made - drink now and through 2022.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
The Hunting Lodge

The Hunting Lodge Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough

Pungent, herbaceous, grassy and fruity. All the classic signature aromas of ‘old school’ Marlborough SB on show in the bouquet. Crisp, crunchy, fruity and herbal on the palate with flavours of citrus, apple, fresh green herbs and tropical fruits. Some wet stone mineral notes, high acidity and punchy crunchy finish. Drink now and through 2021.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
Fairhall Downs

Fairhall Downs Family Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough

Pungent, fruity, varietal and classic with aromas and flavours of tropical fruits and apple, citrus and sweet herbs. Passion-fruit and lemon, grapefruit and red apple, basil and bell-pepper. Significant acidity contrasted by a core fruit weight and flavours. Balanced and well-made. drink now and through 2020.

91 Points

Cameron Douglas
Te Whare Ra

Te Whare Ra Pinot Noir 2014 SV 5182 Marlborough

Complex, youthful, engaging and beguiling bouquet. Aromas of dark raspberry and truffle, plum and old rose, brown baking spices, a whisper of fresh tobacco and wood smoke. Complex and dry on the palate with flavours that mirror the nose, a savoury mineral layer adds additional texture alongside firm youthful tannins and medium+ acidity. A wine still in early development stages - so be patient. Best drinking from 2020 (ish) through 2030+.

96 Points

Cameron Douglas
Te Whare Ra

Te Whare Ra Pinot Noir 2016 Marlborough

Distinctive, pure aromas of Pinot Noir with pressed red roses, raspberry and dark cherry, dark red apple skin and crushed rock mineral core. Aromas of baking spices and toasty wood add complexity, depth and allure. Dry on the palate with flavours of red berries, cherries, mineral and wood. Youthful with firm tannin and acid voices suggesting some cellar time still in play. Persistent, pure, youthful and yummy! Decant for service. Best drinking from 2020 through 2028.

95 Points

Cameron Douglas
Te Whare Ra

Te Whare Ra Gewurztraminer 2018 SV 5182 Marlborough

No mistaking the floral, fruit and spice combinations in the bouquet. Fragrances of white peach, apple and lemon, fresh lychee, roses and a hint of ginger spice. Soft and silky palate textures with a core of fruit, residual sweetness and warming alcohol creating a synergy of lusciousness, length and appeal. Persistent and flavourful, lengthy and juicy with medium acidity and medium+ weight. Drink now and through 2022. A great wine for Duck Confit, Pork Cutlet or Tofu Laksa.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Te Whare Ra

Te Whare Ra Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough

Very attractive, fruity and totally varietal with aromas and flavours of fresh tropical fruits, pink grapefruit, lemon and apple. Sweet hay, wet stone, bell-pepper and peach tea. High acidity, fresh crunchy texture, a core of fruit and lengthy persistent finish. Lots to like and enjoy. Drink now and through 2022.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Te Whare Ra

Te Whare Ra Pinot Gris 2017 SV 5182 Marlborough

Fragrant, varietal and complete with a bouquet of white fleshed pears and nectarines, white peach and apple. A layer of white spice and flowers add depth and charm. Luscious and fruity on the palate with flavours that reflect the nose, medium+(ish) acidity, gently warming alcohol, soft creamy texture, just the right amount of phenolic impact and lengthy dry finish. Persistent, tasty, generous and totally drinkable from now and through 2021.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Te Whare Ra

Te Whare Ra Riesling ‘M’ 2018 Marlborough

Very attractive bouquet, pure, fruity, varietal and alluring. Aromas of white flowers, sweet lemon, crisp red apple, pear and quince. A core of minerality with a light saline note adds complexity. Off-dry on the palate with an immediate rush of fruit flavours and sweetness, immediately contrasted by a back bone of acidity and whisper of salinity. Flavours are persistent with mandarin and lime-flower now in the mix. Balanced, well-made and delicious. What’s not to like. Drink now and through 2025.

96 Points

Cameron Douglas
Te Pa

Te Pa The Reserve Collection St Leonard’s Chardonnay 2017 Marlborough

Elegant, sophisticated and complex bouquet of Chardonnay with aromas of apples and lemons, grapefruit and white peach, a saline and chalky mineral layer with fine oak use and a fine toasty oak component. Dry, fruity and complex on the palate with fruit flavours that reflect the nose, a distinctive fine tannin layer adds a chalky & saline texture. Salivating acidity, lengthy finish. A totally enjoyable example ready to enjoy or cellar. Ideal drinking from today and through 2024.

95 Points

Cameron Douglas