Built a little more sturdily than some NZ Pinots, Rockburn’s 2007 shows fine intensity and purity of black cherry flavors, allied to hints of mushroom, earth and cola. It’s full-bodied, with a long, supple finish. Drink now–2015.
Made in an off-dry style, this Riesling rips across the palate in waves of green apple and lime, accented by hints of petrol. At 11.6% alcohol, it’s light in body, yet seems nearly dry on the finish, showing great energy and vibrancy. Delicious now, although it should easily age five years or more.
Weighty and slightly oily in the mouth, this is a big, broad-shouldered Riesling that’s completely dry. Apple and spice flavors lack the sweetness you might expect, underlined by lemony notes that impart focus to the wine’s finish.
This ample-bodied wine boasts appealing buttered apple and citrus flavors to go with subtle touches of cinnamon and clove. Despite being unoaked, it shows plenty of weight and a fair amount of complexity; the only drawback is a touch of warmth on the finish.
This is a lean, pungent style of Sauvignon Blanc that will have its fans and its detractors. Slightly sweaty, passion-fruit scents give way to aggressive, head-turning acidity and tang on the palate, ending with almost ammonia-like intensity. Drink now.