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The Buyer reviews recent tastings

Roger Jones and David Kermode, from The Buyer, have both recently reviewed last month’s Australia Day and New Zealand tastings. We are delighted to see wines from Trentham Estate and Stanley Estates highlighted as standouts from these days, the latter two both named as top 10 wines of the day.

Although, on the whole, I go for a higher than normal price range I was delighted to try the Trentham Estate Murray Darling Chardonnay 2018 on the Seckford Agencies stand. This wine is clean, fresh and focussed. The fresh orchard fruit gives it a clean crisp palate, encouraging another swig, does not jump out as a Chardonnay, nevertheless it’s a great easy drinking wine.  

There is a lot of mass produced wine from the Murray Darling region, but these guys have got it spot on. The good value Trentham Reserve Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2017 is more classically Chardonnay, with more stone fruit, citrus curd and a lingering opulence.

Stanley Estates “Wild” Sauvignon Blanc, Awatere, Marlborough 2018 Good luck getting hold of a case of this, as Seckford were limited to just 60 bottles! Fermented in the vineyard, with the naturally-occurring yeasts that exist there, this is delicate and divine, with pure, perfumed gooseberry and squidgy peach.

Stanley Estates Lagrein, Marlborough 2016 A hand sell, for sure, but a lovely bright, juicy expression of the grape, with plush black fruit, liquorice and notes of soft leather. The tannins are firmly under control, teaming up with the vibrant acidity to make a perfect partner for fatty meats. Roast duck is apparently a match made in heaven!