Archangel Wines

Archangel Wines Chardonnay 2018 Central Otago

A precise and full bouquet with aromas and flavours of oak & baking spices, yellow stone fruits and stony soil mineral notes. Soft rounded texture on the palate with moderate acidity and flavours that mirror the notes. As the wine opens up the mineral component seems to open up adding complexity and a little intrigue. Weighty, fruity and balanced with a dry finish. Youthful and food friendly attributes. Drink now and through 2024.

90 Points

Archangel Pinot Noir 2014 Central Otago

Distinctive , vibrant, varietal and fruity bouquet. Aromas of raspberry and cherry, dried berry fruits, loads of spice and mineral at the core. Still very youthful on the palate with a abundant tannins and medium+ acidity, fruit flavours of raspberry, plum and cherry, no mistaking the wood spice and energy. Soft dried herb of thyme and lavender, some brown baking spice moments and floral notes. Lengthy youthful finish. A wine still in developing stages so don’t rush to drink. Best from 2021 through 2027+

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Wither Hills

Wither Hills Pinot Noir History Tasting

1997 - Winemaker Mr. Brent Marris

A wine of very good colour, darker red core with a browning rim. Aromas of a wine that has stood the test of time holding onto red cherry and dark red apple skin scents, English tea and toasty wood spices. As the wine opens up in glass these fruit and wood ideas intensify for a time. Dry on the palate with tertiary flavours, yet a delicate core of younger fruit remains. Moderate acidity, fine and well integrated tannins, some smoky bacon oak moments and decent finish.

What a pleasure to try this example, a piece of history captured in a bottle. Thank you!

2007 - Winemaker - Mr. Ben Glover

Dark ruby core with a lighter ruby at the rim. Youthful, varietal and fruity on the nose - fantastic and proof that NZ Pinot Noir can and does age well. Good too that mother nature gave us the 2007 vintage to prove it. Dry on the palate with flavours of dark roses and cherry, toasty wood and brown baking spices of oak - cedar and vanilla. Integrated tannins, medium acidity, persistent varietal messages and with moments of tension this wine is still on its plateau. Enjoy soon if you have some in the cellar - a real treat.

2011 Wairau Valley

Slightly lighter core of colour but still showing a persistent youthful ruby hue. Aromas and flavours of red berries and plum, red cherry and red apple, some baking spices and gentle toasty wood layers. Nicely dry with a bite of spice and core of fruit reminders. Fine tannins, slightly dusty, yet with some poise and tension still. Balanced, great length and well made. Still maturing and will remain drinkable for several year yet. Perhaps finish sharing with mates by 2025.

2016

Youthful appearance with a core of ruby and red, a delicate pink and ruby rim. Aromas of a young wine with fresh red berries, cherry, fresh red apple, plum and flowers. No mistaking the oak with a youthful and vibrant package of spice and wood smoke, cinnamon and cedar moments. Dry and fruity, a youthful tension with plenty of acidity and firm tannins. Persistent, vibrant and flavourful. Lots to like and enjoy. Still finding harmony so plenty of cellar time ahead if desired. Best drinking from 2020 through 2028.

Cameron Douglas
Te Whare Ra

TWR Clayvin Single Vineyard 5096 Pinot Noir 2016 Marlborough

Complex, enticing and exciting bouquet of Pinot Noir. Subtle layers of spices and smoky wood tones, dark cherry, dried raspberry, black tea and dark rose perfume. Delicious on the palate - full of texture and charm, a core of fruit and specific oak focus, delicately smokey and whispers of brown spice. Abundant fine tannins, medium+ acidity and long persistent finish. An excellent example from a fine producer. Cellar worthy with best drinking from 2022 through 2028+.

98 Points

Cameron Douglas
Te Whare Ra

TWR Single Vineyard 5182 Pinot Gris 2018 Marlborough

Focused, fruity, spicy and pure fruit bouquet. A complete wine on the nose with aromas of quince and pear, red apple and crushed rose. Finely textured wine on the palate with a perfect measure of acidity contrasted with a leesy spice and fruit flavours that reflect the nose. A fine example of Pinot Gris done well. Lengthy, thoughtful and well crafted. Drink now and through 2021. 94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Rippon

Rippon Emma’s Block Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2016 Lake Wanaka, Central Otago

Complex, youthful and ever changing wine in the glass. Initial aromas are of a wine that oozes a raw energy cushioned by ripe red berry fruits, soft wood spices and layers of minerality. On the palate dry, layered , youthful and new. Over 48 hours these ideas begin to develop and evolve into a wine that loses its youthful roar and settles into a silky, calm and measured grace (& purr) inviting additional interaction. Youthful tannins reveal some of their mature side, acidity remains strong , the essence of Pinosity is the heartbeat at the core of this example. Lovely lengthy finish. Best drinking from 2021 through 2030.

96 Points

Cameron Douglas
Coal Pit

Coal Pit Proprietor’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Central Otago

Very pungent high impact bouquet packed with aromas of sweet grass and tropical fruits, fruit spice and wood spice, some barrel ferment, roasted fruits and burnt butter. Dry weighty wine on the palate with flavours of yellow stone fruit, roasted pineapple, and wood spices. Light creamy texture, plenty of acidity and lengthy characterful finish. With or without food - a lovely wine. Drink now and through 2022.

90 Points

Coal Pit Tiwha Pinot Noir 2017 Central Otago

Fragrant, fruity, varietal, spicy and attractive bouquet of Pinot Noir. Dark cherry and cinnamon, old raspberry and cedar-wood, English tea and a hint of bacon (wood). Dry, varietal and fruity on the palate with flavours that mirror the nose. Fine abundant tannins, medium+ acidity and lengthy balanced finish. Drinking young - a cellar happy wine. Best drinking from late 2020 through 2026.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Rippon

Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2016 Lake Wanaka, Central Otago

Extremely youthful bouquet of Pinot Noir with aromas and scents of spice and earth, red fruits and crushed flowers, tea and old rose. Equally youthful on the palate with a vibrant and energy filled flavour profile - crushed rocks, dark red berry fruits, oak spice and whispers of smoke, organic and adventurous. Dry and lengthy, savoury, dried herb offset with a core of red berry fruit flavours. Youthful textures from tannins and acidity. A delicious wine but also a very young wine. Decant for service if opened before 2021. Best drinking 2022 through 2032.

95 Points

Cameron Douglas
Pyramid Valley

Pyramid Valley North Canterbury “Orange” 2018

Copper orange hues in the glass with aromas and flavours of apricot and marmalade, saffron and saline soaked apple. Weighty, firm, crisp and dry on the palate with a texture that transitions quickly from silk to satin to tannin rich and dry. Some fruit flavours return adding length to the finish. Well made, an intriguing wine. For me best enjoyed with dishes such as like Paella or Hangi Pork and Puha. Drink all once the bottle is open. Best from today and through 2022.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
Delta Estate

Delta Chardonnay 2017 Marlborough

Aromas of yellow fleshed stone fruits, soft vanilla wood spice and Brazil nut and wet stony soil, a touch of flint. Fleshy, fruity and just creamy textures on the palate with fresh peach and wood spice, lively acidity and a hint of gun flint. Dry with a youthful firmness and attributes that will carry this through the next 2-4 years. Well suited to food or on its own with a cashew nutty and fleshy fruited finish. Enjoy from today and through 2022.

90 Points

Cameron Douglas
Mills Reef Winery

Mills Reef Estate Syrah 2018 Hawkes Bay

Varietal, fruity and spicy bouquet with aromas of raspberry and black currant, some peppery spice and wood. Dry wine on the palate with flavours of fruits first - raspberry and plum then wood and pepper spices. Moderate tannins and medium+ acidity. A youthful, balanced and well made wine. Best drinking from today and through 2022.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
Smith and Sheth

Smith and Sheth CRU Cantera 2016 Omahu, Hawkes Bay

This is a blended red wine from Hawkes Bay fruit led by Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc and Tempranillo. The nose shows off aromas of power and substance with a youthful core of dark berries, spices, tobacco and smoky wood. On the palate - even more youthful with bold tannins and acidity, plenty of oak, spice, raspberry, dark berries, olive and violets. All the elements are there for a wine to age and integrate over the next few years. Lengthy dry finish, raw energy and muscle. Decant for service before 2022 with best drinking from 2022 through 2030.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Pyramid Valley

Pyramid Valley Pinot Noir 2017 Central Otago

Dark ruby core with plum and ruby highlights and a light pink hue at the rim. Aromas remind me of both the mineral soil attributes of Otago and the smashed strawberry fruits of Martinborough. On the palate however many of the hallmarks of a Central Pinot show with dark cherry, dried raspberry and savoury core with hints of wild thyme and minerals. Noticeable tannins and abundant acidity, a youthful wine with a core of vitality. Lengthy finish. Best enjoyed soon and through to 2024.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Taylors

Taylors Promised Land Shiraz 2017 South Australia

Fruity bouquet with loads of black currant, red berries and white pepper. Equally fruity and intense on the palate with licorice and wood spices, black currant and plum, apple and blackberry pie flavours. Fine easy tannins and medium acidity. Simple, balanced and ready to enjoy. Best from today and through 2021.

85 Points

Taylors Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 South Australia

Varietal with a blackberry, dark plum and toasty wood, clove and vanilla drive. Dry, firm and fruity on the palate with flavours that reflect the blackberry, spice and plum. Medium weight with acidity to match, easy tannins, balanced and ready to drink today and through 2020.

86 Points

Cameron Douglas
Pegasus Bay

Pegasus Bay Vergence Red 2017 Central Otago

From 100% Pinot Fruit with 100% whole bunch and 100% carbonic maceration technique - this wine has an intense dark ruby appearance with a bouquet of ripe, spicy, savoury, plush lifted fruit profile, a whisper of red bubble-gum and plenty of natural Pinot Noir aromas. On the palate - a dry wine, fruity and quite intense with flavours that reflect the nose plus toasty oak wood spices, medium+ acidity and core of fruit. delicious and fresh with a lower tannin structure, coarse silk texture and lengthy finish. drink now and through 2022.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Mills Reef Winery

Mills Reef Elspeth Chardonnay 2016 Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay

Toasty wood spices, vanilla, roasted peach, red apple and baked custard bouquet. Quite complex, youthful and enticing overall. Dry, full-bodied and creamy on the palate. Balanced and dry on the palate with an immediate wood spice and vanilla character enhanced by alcohol, acidity and creamy intensity. Flavours from the nose repeat on the palate with a quite a lengthy, toasty finish. drink now and through 2024.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Pegasus Bay

Pegasus Bay Vergence White 2016 North canterbury

This wine is a blend of Semillon, Chardonnay, Muscat and Gewurztraminer with the Semillon portion aged on lees in old barrels for over two years.

Very fragrant and familiar bouquet with aromas of barrel ferment, lees spices, baked stone and tree fruits. The palate reveals a lot more with a weighty and textured wine showing flavours of spice and peach, wild flowers and lees, a nutty-oak and biscuit flavour. Medium acidity, medium+ weight, intriguing and tasty with a cheese rind moment on the finish. Definitely worth your attention for something a little different. Drink from now and through 2022.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Pyramid Valley

Pyramid Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough

Very distinctive bouquet with a floral, fruit and savoury core. Wild on the palate with high acidity, flavours of lees spice, white flowers, citrus and white fleshed fruits then a mineral laden dry finish. Each new taste brings on the same messages though more texture and length as the wine builds its profile through the palate. Well made, very youthful. Drink now and through 2022.

90 Points

Cameron Douglas
Delta Estate

Delta Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough

Pungent, fruity, varietal and classic with aromas and flavours of sweet bell-pepper and passion fruit, pink grapefruit and apple. High acidity, fleshy fruit textures and lengthy finish. This is an example of what made New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc famous. Balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2020.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Smith and Sheth

Smith and Sheth Syrah 2017 Heretaunga, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay

Varietal and immediately enticing bouquet of sweet oak and pepper spice, toasty wood and dark berries with raspberry and black currant. Dry, toasty, fruity and spicy on the palate with dusty wood tannins, plenty of acidity, medium+ weight and intensity. The finish is finer with dark cherry and some floral moments. Youthful overall though drinkable today and through 2026.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Smith and Sheth

Smith and Sheth CRU Albarino 2018 Heretaunga, Bridge Pa, Hawkes Bay

Immediately varietal and slightly funky with aromas of ripe yellow peach and ripe lemon peel then wild white flowers and lees spices. Dry on the palate with immediate flavours of peach and creaminess which give way as these transition to citrus and a firm youthful texture. Lengthy, balanced and vibrant finish. Well made. Best from today and through 2022.

90 Points

Cameron Douglas