Spy Valley Gewurztraminer 2008 - Pure Silver - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008
92 points and good value. Either my taste is changing or the makers of unoaked Chardonnay are getting better at producing it. Maybe it's because the vines are getting older. This is packed with flavours but none are overdone in any way. I tasted it, then drank it over the next couple of days to see how it developed or if my opinion changed. It didn't, I remained impressed.
Made by Don Lewis and Narelle King from Heathcote fruit, this smells of spice, wild flowers and dark berries, with sweet fruit on the front palate, firm tannins and bright acid.
This is a lovely Aussie nebbiolo that has all the heady aromatics of - surprise, surprise - tar and roses, so often associated with the variety that originally hails from Piedmont, Italy.
Narelle King fled the world of accounting to join veteran Mitchelton winemaker, Don Lewis to create the Tar&Roses brand.
Smoky oak and earthy plum aromas lead into a full-bodied, dense palate with grip and length. Cellaring would reward.
The attractive nose shows hints of rose petal and dried herbs. The dry, savoury palate delivers enough fruit.
Every now and then a wine is tasted and it presses the buttons, sets the wow factor blasting and caps it all by being exceptionally good value; this is one of those. Let’s be vulgar you want a $30 plus bottle of wine but don’t want to pay $30 plus this is the wine, its savory rather than fruit driven; starts its journey striding across the palate making a statement but then turns silky ending with a hint of mystery 97 points and if better value is to be found, let me know.
Straight up – a crackingly good value Heathcote (with Strathbogie Ranges) shiraz exuding pepper and spice aromas and dark plummy fruit. It has floral lift and bright, crunchy berry acidity, all sculpted deftly into a refined style. It’s very impressive.
Tar&Roses Pinot Grigio is a lovely expression of the variety with aromas of pear, stone fruit and honeysuckle. Crisp and medium bodied, the flavours of quince and spice are framed by clean acidity.
The riesling glass is a great multipurpose glass