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A round up of reviews and awards

Rebecca Gibb MW has written her first article for Antonio Galloni’s Vinous review site, having been recently appointed as their reviewer for New Zealand. She particularly praised these Greystone organic wines produced on clay/limestone hills in North Canterbury, South Island.

2018 Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc, Greystone (Organic) – 93 pts
While most Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand is produced using the MS clone, this is a Loire clone that is arguably better suited to a barrel-fermented style that looks for texture over aromatic flamboyance. This mid-weight style offers rich apple skin and floral characters combined with a creamy mid-palate texture. The finish is precise and medium-long.

2018 Riesling, Greystone (Organic) – 93 pts
This medium-dry Riesling offers up exotic flavours – think orange, peach and ginger spices – that have a distinct whiff of botrytised fruit in the mix (approximately 10%). Offering excellent fruit purity, this is a light-bodied, tangy style. The finish is balanced, the combination of fresh acidity and a lick of phenolics providing sinew and a fine counterpoint to the gentle sweetness (22g/L residual sugar). Approachable now with its welcome embrace of youthful fruit, but not going anywhere in a hurry.

2019 Pinot Gris, Greystone (Organic) – 90 pts
An off-dry, savoury Pinot Gris. This full-bodied, succulent example offers rich fruit weight, suggesting low yields. Expect bruised apple, pear and honeysuckle flavours. But it’s not all fruit; there’s a rich bass note here that winemaker Dom Maxwell says they are seeing with increased vine age. It could also be a result of fermentation on light solids.

Elsewhere, Christine Austin, writing in the Yorkshire Post, highlighted:

2017 Glass Collection Cabernet Franc, Glenelly, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Cabernet Franc is often lost in a blend but this is 100% CF, grown on sunny hillsides in Stellenbosch. Its natural leafy character shows like a sprinkle of herbs while sunshine has developed black cherry and blueberry fruit with supple tannins and a nod to France in its structure and style.

2019 Chenin Blanc, Kaapzicht, Stellenbosch, South Africa
73 years ago the Steytler family planted Chenin Blanc vines on their Kaapzicht estate. Still owned by the same family, those old vines contribute some of the juice for this wine, which is full of crunchy apple and sun-ripe yellow fruit with hints of honey and a dry minerally finish. History and great flavours in the same glass.

As we mentioned last month, IWSC 2020 awards were announced recently. Both our gold medal winners have also been highlighted in a list of vegan-friendly wines in the competition, yet another reason to take a look:

2018 Missionvale Chardonnay, Bouchard Finlayson, Walker Bay, South Africa – 97 pts
Very classy wine with nicely judged oak that adds vanilla spice to the tropical fruit and toffee apple flavours. Perfectly poised with crisp acidity and an elegant, long finish. 

2018 Chocoholic Pinotage, Darling Cellars, Darling, South Africa – 95 pts
Bold berry fruits shine against a backdrop of earthy dried herbs. Abundant ripe, juicy blackberries fill the mouth in velvety opulence dusted by vanilla glow. A bruised apple finish is like a deep breath of dusky autumn air. Just divine.