Amisfield has been on a hot streak, and the 2007 continues that roll. The aromas show wonderfully high-toned cherry fruit, with a slightly herbal element that adds welcome complexity. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied and richly textured, with its black cherry fruit framed by a hint of vanilla. Long and lush on the finish, this looks to be at its best now and…
Shows all the requisite pea, pepper and tropical fruit in front of an intense palate that comes on like an explosion of melon, nectarine and grapefruit. On the finish it runs calmer, and the flavors and feel are harmonious. Says a lot for New Zealand, at least their Sauvignon Blanc. Imported by Pasternak Wine Imports.
A strong followup to the excellent 2005, Amisfield’s 2006 Pinot Noir seems riper and weightier, marrying dark black cherry and plum fruit with hints of chocolate and spice cake. Finishes with soft tannins and a slightly dusty feel. Drink now–2015.
Winemaker Jeff Sinnott showed an elegant touch with Pinot Noir when he worked at Isabel Estate in Marlborough, and he continues that at Amisfield, crafting a wonderfully elegant, silky-textured wine from the concentrated 2005 vintage. Dusty floral notes beguile on the nose, while cola and coffee notes add depth and richness to the black cherry and plum flavors…
Winemaker Jeff Sinnott had the grapes harvested in three passes through the vineyard, then fermented the early-picked fruit in steel, while the riper fruit went into demi-muids. The resulting blend is seamlessly integrated and harmonious, offering the merest hints of toast and butter alongside ripe apples and melons. Tastes close to dry, with a clean, fresh finish.
A crisp, lean style, with simple grapefruity flavors, but showing admirable concentration and length on the finish. This would pair well with various ceviche preparations or sauced flatfish like sole or flounder.
There’s a bit of wood shavings and toast on the nose, but also plenty of ripe black cherries to balance out the new oak. Flavors turn redder—more toward Maraschino cherry—and a bit candied, but this is still a satisfying mouthful of New World Pinot. Imported by Pasternak Wine Imports.