Nebbiolo

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Nebbiolo

2016

This red wine is originally from the native Piedmonte region, and is extremely rare in NZ. Known as Italy’s King of Wines, the name Nebbiolo is derived from the word fog, which is thought to describe the thick, natural bloom covering the ripe berries during the Autumn. It has an aroma of cigar box, poupoum and violets. Deceptively weak looking, it has been bottled unfiltered to retain the natural liquorice and gamey flavours, with a hint of almond on the finish. Best enjoyed with family or friends with hearty foods. It’s very high tannins and high acids enable it to age up to 20 years, and is best cellared for 3 – 5 years before drinking.  

Sarah Heller MW said of the Nebbiolo 2013 -

"I can honestly say it is the most attractive example of Nebbiolo I’ve tried from outside of Italy - I’ve tried a few from Australia and the US.

Lovely concentrated ruby-garnet color
Evolved savory olive and dried leaf with floral perfume and slightly medicinal strawberry/cherry fruit support; quite mature on the palate; primary impression is of meaty, balsamic notes with sweet dried cherry fruit underneath and hints of white pepper.  Tannic structure is appropriately firm though not aggressive, acidity is bright and cleansing.  Complex and layered with some clear Nebbiolo identity and great balance and persistence, though demonstrating a fair degree of maturity at 4 years."
Sarah Heller MW
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Limited release of individually numbered Magnums(1.5L) and Double Magnums(3.0L) also available.

13.5% alcohol
375ml750mlCase (12 bottles)
2016

$37.50

2016

$65

2016

$663

Chardonnay

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Chardonnay

2017

Chardonnay in Matakana typically has a limey taste due to the clay & limestone bedrock.  

In 2017, half of the harvest was barrel fermented, while the other half was fermented in a Clay Amphora.  Both had the same winemaking process, but the results are very different.  The Amphora chardonnay(called Bella Donna) has a very soft texture and is more fruit driven - notes of lemon, melon and ripe stone fruits.  Both go very well with Mahurangi Oysters!

750mlCase (12 bottles)
2017

$25

2017

$255

Amelia

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Amelia

2018 / 2019

Made from the Viognier (V-yoN-yey) grape, Amelia 2018 is a light pale straw colour with a green hue. It has aromas of tropical fruits and pineapple with a hint of creamy oak complexities, flowing into a fully rounded and soft lingering finish.  Due to difficulty with the French pronunciation, it is named Amelia after my eldest grandaughter who lives in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Due to the season, the Reserve Amelia 2019 was able to ripen more fully, giving a soft silky wine with aromas of tropical fruit, mango, and passion fruit with delicate floral notes. It has a smooth balanced finish with just a touch of natural sweetness.  Awarded 91 points by Cameron Douglas MS.

A great summer wine with a luscious texture make this very enjoyable to drink under the sun umbrella with family and friends, or served with spicy Asian food or seafood.  The silky finish goes especially well with Mahurangi Oysters - my favourite!

14.5% alcohol
750mlCase (12 bottles)
2018

$25

2018

$255

2019

$40

2019

$400

Barbera

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Barbera

2019

This native Piemonte grape variety grown in the Matakana region has a purple colour with a vibrant glow in the glass. The 2019 Barbera was fermented in a clay amphora and remained on skins for 11 months before being pressed, filtered and bottled.  With aromas of summer berry fruits which are tasted on the front of the mouth, it has a soft, earthy flavour of raspberry, blackberry and cherries. This is a softer style red wine balanced with very low tannins and higher acidity.  While it is very enjoyable by itself, it is best enjoyed with food and family or friends. It will age between 5 to 7 years. Barbera is rarely grown or available to purchase in NZ, so this is a very unique wine.  

Awarded 91 points by Camerob Douglas MS. 

15% alcohol
750ml
2019

$50

2019

$500

Dolcetto

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Dolcetto

2019

This grape variety from Piedmonte is grown in the Matakana region, and has a very deep purple colour. Although the name means 'sweet one', this wine is very dry. It is made in a lighter style, so that it can be chilled and enjoyed during summer.  With aromas of licorice and marinated cherries,  in the mouth it starts out with cherries which mellow out to doris plums with a burst of licorice to leave a soft velvety after taste. It is low in acid but high in tannins, and so like most Italian red wines is best enjoyed with family or friends while enjoying food like pasta and pizza.  It is best drunk young.

13.8% alcohol
750ml
2019

$30

2019

$300