Rockburn Wines

Rockburn Wines The Art Pinot Noir 2016 Central Otago

Some classic Otago Pinot fragrances with ripe red berry fruits lift, an equal intensity of oak with spice and complexity woven through. On the palate these ideas come alive as flavours with a lively structure from medium++ youthful acidity offering tension and contrast. Fine to moderate youthful tannins adding tension and poise leading to a long finish. Red berry, red cherry and a little wild raspberry. A lovely wine with potential in the cellar and immediate drinkability as well. Best from late 2019 through 2026.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Ward Valley

Ward Valley Estate Series Pinot Noir 2016 Mt Victoria Block Marlborough

Very pleasant bouquet with a medium+ intensity focused on brown spices and red berry fruits then dried herb and earthy soil notes. On the palate - dry with medium weight, medium+ acidity and fine dusty tannins. Flavours of oak then fruit reflect the nose. Overall a nice level of complexity and length. Drink now and through 2022.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Jules Taylor Wines

Jules Taylor Wines OTQ Single Vineyard PInor Noir 2017 Marlborough

Distinctive, fruity and bold Pinot bouquet. Dark raspberry and even darker cherry aromas, plenty of toasty baking spice and wood aromas and a natural complexity envelopes the nose. Dry on the palate with flavours of brown spices and dark red berry fruits. Oaky with medium+ acidity, firm youthful tannins and light dried herb notes. Fleshy, fruity and dry. A youthful wine with firm textures that need time. Well made with medium + length. Drink from 2019 through 2024.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Pirinoa Road

Pirinoa Road Chardonnay 2017 Martinborough

A distinctive package of aromas with suggestions of sweet yellow apple, white peach then soft to moderate sweet oak scents On the palate - dry with flavours of oak spice, stone fruit and apple. Medium acidity, a layer of silty minerality and moderate finish. Balanced and well made. Some complexity and length. Drink now and through 2022.

86 Points

Cameron Douglas
Whitehaven

Whitehaven Riesling 2017 Marlborough

Lively fragrant and very floral with apple blossom, Meyer lemon, white apricot and pear. On the palate - very crisp with distinctive vibrant acidity and texture. Flavours reflect the nose with a fruit core and luscious varietal flavours. Drink now and through 2024.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
Ataahua Wines

Ataahua Riesling 2016 Waipara

Floral, fragrant and fruity with a mineral core and ripe tree fruits bouquet. On the palate - tense, fruity and just dry with a vibrant acidity and satin texture. Flavours of white fleshed fruit, citrus and apple. Floral too with a white blossom and white rose. A finely tuned wine with a complexity, delicacy and finish. Great balance and length. Drink now and through 2026.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Mondillo

Mondillo Rose 2018 Central Otago

Distinctive fruit centric bouquet with a bold dark rose and violet core. On the palate - just dry with a lick of sweetness then intense red fruit flavours of Summer red plum, raspberry and cherry. Plenty of acidity and concentration, packed with flavour and finish. Drink now and through 2020.

90 Points

Cameron Douglas
Brick Bay

Brick Bay Rose 2018 Matakana

Plush, fresh, soft, very fragrant and alluring bouquet. On the palate - lively, very fresh, deliciously fruity and just dry on the finish. Flavours of plum, strawberry and red cherry and flowers - easily a rose note, great layer of acidity with a fine satin texture and lengthy finish. Great balance and length. Drink now and through 2020.

91 Points

Cameron Douglas
Misha's Vineyard

Misha’s Vineyard The Soloist Rose 2018 Central Otago

Made from Pinot Noir the bouquet is dynamic, fragrant and fruity. On the palate - fresh, crisp, dry and very engaging with flavours of light red fruit centering on bing cerry, wild raspberry and strawberry. Plenty of crisp and refreshing acidity with very soft and fine fruit tannins all sitting against a cushion of fresh light red fruit flavours. Balanced and well made. Drink now and through Summer 2019.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Ataahua Wines

Ataahua Wines Gewurztraminer 2015 Waipara

Classic bouquet and flavours of Gewurztraminer with white pepper-spice laced fruits: pears and apples, white nectarine and Asian pear, frangipane and rose moments. Perhaps a little Turkish delight and lychee. Dry on the palate with decent fruit concentration and acid balance. Flavours continue to reflect the nose leading to a lengthy finish. Balanced and well made. Great as an aperitif or with carefully selected food such as apricot and nectarine stuffed pork belly. Drink now and through 2023.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Mt Difficulty

Mt Difficulty Tinwald Burn Noble Riesling 2016 Central Otago

Bold and expressive bouquet with loads of honey and honeyed fruits from citrus and stone fruit to apples and quince suggestions. On the palate - noticeably sweet with contrasting high acidity and fleshy vibrant textures. Tropical, lime and grapefruit , honeysuckle and yellow plum. Lovely silky textures and plush refreshing finish. Drink now and through 2026+.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Mt Difficulty

Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Late Harvest Singe Vineyard Riesling 2016 Central Otago

Plush, fruity and focused bouquet with aromas and flavours of honeyed pear and apple, quince and lime, white peach and golden kiwi. Off-dry with sweetness and flavours that reflect the nose. High acidity, satin textures and long delicious finish. Drink now and through 2028.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Mt Difficulty

Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Dry Riesling 2017 Central Otago

Varietal, lifted and enticing bouquet of Riesling. Lemon and apple, white apricot and white rose. Dry, vibrant quivering acidity dances over the palate leading to flavours of citrus, white fleshed fruits and wet stone minerality. Youthful, crisp and refreshing finish. Balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2028.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Church Road

Church Road Gwen Rose 2018 Hawkes Bay

Light, fruity, fragrant, floral and enticing bouquet. The palate follows with precise flavours, a gentle spice, plenty of acidity and a satin texture. Mostly dry with just a hint of sweetness then lively fruit flavours and textures. Moderate length and finish. Balanced and well made. Enjoy now and through 2021.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Jules Taylor Wines

Jules Taylor Wines Rose 2018 Gisborne

Bold, fruity and refreshing on the nose and palate. Dark red apple, cherry and raspberry fruit flavours. A little tropical note of passion fruit adds to the finish. A little residual sweet then transitions to a drier finish with an easy balance from fruit weight, medium+ acidity and silky texture. Drink now and through 2020.

87 Points

Cameron Douglas
Jules Taylor Wines

Jules Taylor Wines OTQ Pinot Noir Single Vineyard Rose 2018 Marlborough

After many classic fragrances of light red fruit rose scents of strawberry, cranberry and red apple skin - the wine presents as dry, crisp and fresh. Flavours include those presented on the nose plus more red apple skin and red cherry, textures of very fine tannins, medium++ acidity and crunch. Nice flavours and textures overall. Drink now and through 2021.

90 Points

Cameron Douglas
Mt Difficulty

Mt Difficulty Lowburn Valley Riesling 2016 Central Otago

Ripe and fruity bouquet with a distinctive yellow stone fruit and yellow apple attack. Floral and mineral nuances adding depth and intrigue. Sweet on the palate with flavours of preserved lemon, barely sugar, green pear and tangerine. The acidity contrasts the sweetness adding length on the palate as well as finish. Chill well for use as an aperitif, ideal with mild spicy dishes. Drink now and through 2024.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Mt Difficulty

Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Dry Riesling 2016 Central Otago

Lovely bouquet and palate - fragrant, varietal and packed with flavours of apples, quinces, lemons and apple blossoms. Crisp and refreshing textures with high acidity and firm yet balanced phenolics showing off a long palate and dry finish. Perfect as an aperitif or with delicately sweet starters (scallops or whitebait with fresh lemon). Drink now and through 2028.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Collaboration Wines

Collaboration Wines Argent Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Hawkes Bay

Youthful, ripe, dark berry fruits and toasted wood bouquet. Blackberry, wood smoke, roasted bell-pepper and hay, marmite and roasted oatmeal, dark violet and tobacco. Dry, full-bodied, youthful and fruity. Intense dark berry flavours, firm tannins and higher acidity. Flavours further reflect the nose with a charcoal and dark berry fruits, smoked wood and brown spices. Lengthy youthful finish. Best from 2020 through 2030+.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Sound of White

Sound of White SV Pinot Noir 2016 Marlborough

Focused aromas of raspberry and red cherry with plum and red rose. Soft sweet oak aromas of brown spice and smoke. Dry, fleshy, fruity with enticing flavours of plum, cherry and cranberry. Fine tannins with medium+ acidity, a natural balance, ready to drink today and through 2024.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas