Paritua Vineyards and Winery

Paritua 21.12 Twenty One Twelve 2015 Hawke’s Bay

From Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc - a bouquet of complexity, depth and concentration. No mistaking the core of fruit, no mistaking the impact of new oak. Blackberry, roasted plum, vanilla, clove and toasted wood aromas. Intense on the palate with flavours that reflect the nose - dark berries and baking spices, violets and dark roses, black berry fruits and milk chocolate moments. Firm youthful tannins and acidity to match. Long complex finish. A wine for the cellar or decant for service. Best from late 2020 through 2030+. A fine wine.

97 Points

Cameron Douglas
Paritua Vineyards and Winery

Paritua RED Merlot/Cabernets 2015 Hawke’s Bay

Complex, intriguing and definitive bouquet of a red blend with aromas of wood spices, tobacco and dark berry fruits; violets and sweet clove. Equally delicious and complex on the palate with flavours that mirror the nose and with more intensity. Firm youthful tannins and matching acidity, a lovely concentration of fruit and flavours. Long finish, a core of fruit and delicious precise impact. Decant for service, excellent food wine, drink now and through 2026.

95 Points

Cameron Douglas
Paritua Vineyards and Winery

Stone Paddock Scarlet Merlot/Cabernet Franc & Sauvignon & Malbec 2016 Hawke’s Bay

Very attractive bouquet with familiar aromas of a classic red blend (Bordeaux) showing off graphite and dark berries, baking spices and sweet toasty oak. A seamless transition of flavours to the palate with dark berries and plums, cloves, tobacco and toasty vanilla wood. Youthful, spicy and packed with flavours that reflect the nose, medium+ tannins and acidity, balanced and well crafted. Drink now and through 2025. Decanting suggested.

93 Points

Produced and bottled by Paritua Vineyards and Winery

Cameron Douglas
Paritua Vineyards and Winery

Stone Paddock Merlot 2016 Hawke’s Bay

Classic and enticing aromas of dark plum and blue fruits, brown spices of clove and vanilla then a mild toasty wood layer. Dry, youthful and focused on the palate with a core of flavours that reflect the plums and blue fruit flavours then wood and baking spices. Firm tannins, medium+ acidity and lengthy finish. Lovely balance and food friendly attributes. Drink now and through 2024.

91 Points

Produced and bottled by Paritua Vineyards and Winery

Cameron Douglas
Paritua Vineyards and Winery

Stone Paddock Syrah 2016 Hawke’s Bay

Aromas of raspberry and black currant, spices of pepper and oak, a touch of charcuterie and dry stone minerality. Forward, ripe and varietal. Dry on the palate with flavours of red berries, pepper and wood spices all come together with medium+ acidity and flavours of near new wood. Balanced and well made, ready to enjoy - decanting suggested. Deplete your supplies by end of 2023.

90 Points

Produced and bottled by Paritua Vineyards and Winery

Cameron Douglas
Paritua Vineyards and Winery

Paritua Chardonnay 2018 Hawkes Bay

Fine and pure aromas of Chardonnay with scents of apple and lemon, cashew and peach, gentle wood spices and dry stone minerality. On the palate - dry, gently creamy, layered and quietly delicious. Flavours mirror the nose with cashew and brazil-nut butter, vanilla then peach and ripe citrus fruit flavours. Balanced and well made with a rather lengthy and fine finish. Drink now and through 2024.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
The Ned

The Ned Rosé 2019 Marlborough

Lifted, fresh, fruity and enticing bouquet of rose with aromas and flavours of red cherry, red apple, yellow plum. Crisp, refreshing and just dry with a whisper of sweetness though mostly a core of red fruit flavours and red flowers. Drink now and through 2021.

89 Points

Produced and bottled by Marisco Vineyards

Cameron Douglas
Main Divide

Main Divide by the Donaldson Family Pinot Gris 2016 North Canterbury

An intriguing bouquet of aged Pinot Gris with a mix of candied citrus peel, preserved pear and honeysuckle. On the palate - a just dry wine with a core of tree and citrus fruit flavours, gently creamy texture with medium acidity, fruit spice layers and lengthy satisfying finish. Drink now and through 2021.

91 Points

Cameron Douglas
The Ned

The Ned Pinot Gris 2019 Marlborough

A gentle brassy pink hue leads to aromas of ripe pear and quince, a whisper of red apple then sweet flowers and honeysuckle. The palate mirrors the nose with flavours of fresh stone fruit, a light tropical fruit layer and citrus. Just dry with a fleshy texture, plenty of acidity and lengthy finish. Lots to like and very easy to drink. Best drinking from today and through 2021.

89 Points

Produced and bottled by Marisco Vineyards

Cameron Douglas
Astrolabe

Astrolabe Taihoa Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Marlborough

Immediately alluring bouquet of SB with aromas of spice and minerals, a core of ripe yellow citrus,, peach and sweet hay. The use barrel-ferment brings forward moments of vanilla and nuts adding depth and complexity. Dry, weighty, firm youthful textures and flavours that reflect the nose. Lovely long finish ending in a stony mineral & zesty song. Harmonious, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2024.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Astrolabe

Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough

Powerful aromas of passion fruit and grapefruit, lemon grass, honeysuckle and fresh bell-pepper. Dry, very crisp and youthful with a vibrant lively texture and flavours that mirror the nose. Some fresh fruit spice, fresh tropical fruits with a citrus and floral layer ending in a wet stone minerality. Lengthy, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2023.

90 Points

Cameron Douglas
Anthony Joseph Vidal of Hawkes Bay 1888

Anthony Joseph Vidal Kokako Vineyard 1888 Chardonnay 2016 Hawkes Bay

Tasted over two days the bouquet and palate of this wine develop into a fine example of Chardonnay, Hawkes Bay and fine wine making. Aromas of a gun flint and grapefruit peel, apple and lemon, white peach and oak wood. Dry, youthful and expressive with tart citrus and white fleshed stone fruit flavours then ripe red apple and sweet vanilla oak. Great texture and length, balanced and well made. A Premier Cru Chablis style. Drink now and through 2026.

95 Points

Cameron Douglas
Urlar

Urlar Select Parcels Pinot Noir 2017 Gladstone, Wairarapa

Tasted over 2 days this wine maintains a strong signature of Pinot Noir with aromas and flavours of cherry and plum, silty sandy soils and an elegant layer of oak spices. Even, youthful, persistent and varietal with a firm texture of chalky tannins, medium+ acidity and lengthy finish. The signature of oak is also persistent with fine baking spice moments and texture. A fine wine with pedigree and style. Balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2025.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Clos Marguerite

Clos Marguerite Pinot Noir 2015 Marlborough

Wow – I love the bouquet of this wine! Engaging, complex and layered with aromas of soil, smoke, wood and fruit. Complex, textured, layered and detailed on the palate with flavours of red berries and oak, fine chalky tannins, medium+(ish) acidity, brown spices and sweetness of wood. A long complex finish.  Simply delicious. Drink now and through 2026+.

97 Points

Cameron Douglas
Gem

Gem Pinot Noir 2011 Martinborough

Rather nice aromas of Pinot with a bottle developed bouquet showing off baked strawberry and dark cherry, plum and a soft dried rose potpourri core. Dry on the palate with fine silky tannins, medium acidity and weight. Lengthy finish with an engaging silky texture, finesse, balance and well made. Drink now with fine delicate protein dishes or soft fresh cheese. Be sure to deplete your stocks by 2021.

90 Points

Cameron Douglas
Cable Bay

Cable Bay Syrah 2018 Waiheke Island, Auckland

Sophisticated, detailed and engaging bouquet of Syrah with aromas of dark raspberry and plum, dark rose and toasty wood spices of vanilla, clove and fresh French Oak wood. Dry, firm, youthful and packed with varietal flavours of red berries, baking spices and wood. Fine-ish tannins, medium+ acidity, smoke and fine wood integration. A lengthy finish. Drink now and through 2022.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Stonecroft

Stonecroft Undressed Syrah 2018 Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay

A youthful, fruity and forward bouquet of Syrah packed with ripe red berry fruits of baked raspberry and black currant, red liquorice, pepper and a moment of anise, oak and toasty wood spices. Dry with a firm structure showing off a core of red berry fruits, abundant acidity and flavours that reflect the nose. Firm tannins and acidity underpin a sound structure adding to a lengthy finish. A lovely wine to pair with your favourite high protein dish, decant for service or cellar till 2021 then imbibe.

95 Points

Undressed is in reference to a preservative free wine – so no sulphur additions.. Vegan friendly.

Cameron Douglas
Greywacke

Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2016 Marlborough

Complex, focused and very engaging bouquet with a plethora of aromas suggesting smoky wet stone, lemon, grapefruit, ripe apple, preserved peaches and pressed white flowers. Equally complex and engaging on the palate with an equal focus on texture and fruit with concentration, flavour and style. Electric acidity, weighty with a long engaging finish. Drink now and through 2024+.

95 Points

Cameron Douglas
Greywacke

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough

Engaging bouquet with aromas of fresh, baked and preserved citrus, white peach and spices. Some classic SB aromas of fresh herb and moments of tropical fruit. A definitive complexity with a fresh, crunchy and lively appeal. Dry, vibrant and engaging wine with a distinctive texture with a backbone of ripe acidity, a core of fruit and spice, ripe white fleshed orchard fruits and long finish. A classic and modern expression of SB. Drink now and through 2024. Careful cellaring with extend the life of this wine by another 4 to 10 years.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Astrolabe

Astrolabe Chardonnay 2017 Marlborough

Really lovely bouquet of Chardonnay – calm, even, sophisticated and lively with aromas of grapefruit, lemon and apple, some flower suggestions of white blossom, light white baking spices and new wood (spice). Dry with a nutty creamy texture, packed with flavours that reflect the bouquet, medium+ acidity and weight, warm and generous, lengthy balanced finish. A very nice example with immediate enjoyability and through 2024.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas