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36 Bottles - Archive

01 January,2011
An archive of 36 Bottles and Winesmiths wines from the Wine2Trade portfolio no longer available

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36 Bottles Central Otago Pinot Gris 2009

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago

17.5+/20
Fruit from Lowburn in the Cromwell Basin, cool-fermented to 14.1% alc. and 7.45 g/L, a portion seeing some skin contact. Bright pale straw-yellow with some green hues to the colour, this has a soft, full nose showing some breadth of ripe stonefruit and pear aromas along with notes of yellow florals and spices. The palate is off-dry, soft, full and showing a harmonious integration of stonefruit and honied pear flavours, alcoholic power, soft acidity and gentle textures. This is beginning to drink very well now, and will continue to do so over the next 3-5 years. Match with Sealfood and white meat dishes. 17.5+/20 May 2011 RRP $22.00

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36 Bottles Central Otago Pinot Gris 2010

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago

17.5/20
Very pale straw colour with youthful, pale green hues, this has an elegant, tight ly bound, very finely expressed bouquet of white stonefruits and minerals lifted a little with floral notes. Off –dry to taste, this is a very fine-featured wine with tight, linear, stonefruit and mineral flavours along with a honied lusciousness. A little alcohol warmth is noticeable, but this adds a little more generosity to the wine. Fruit from Lowburn in the Cromwell Basin, cool-fermented to 14.0% alc. and 6 g/L rs. Dan Dineen of the Maude winery was the consultant winemaker. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. 17.5/20 May 2011 RRP $22.00

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36 Bottles Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago

16.5/20
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on edge. The nose is fresh, aromatic and lifted, showing up-front white stonefruit and acacia florals alongside notes of flint and minerals. Dryish to taste and light-medium bodied, refreshing and accessible flavours of white stonefruits reveal subtle savoury mineral interest. The textures are soft and the mouthfeel gentle and easy, the acidity in good balance, providing a delicate raciness. The flavours flow to a lacy finish with nuances of florals and flint. This is an approachable, and gently aromatic, dryish Pinot Gris. Serve as an aperitif and with first courses over the next 3 years. Pinot Gris fruit from the Cromwell Basin cool-fermented to 14.0% alc. and 4.1 g/L rs. 16.5/20 Jun 2013 RRP $22.95

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36 Bottles Central Otago Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Otago

17.5/20
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with youthful green hues, lighter on rim. This has a very fresh and tightly concentrated bouquet of citrus fruits infused with cream and butterscotch MLF with nutty oak toast, forming a densely packed and clearly layered amalgam. The aromatics build in depth showing greater detail, with savoury stonefruits and nuances of bacony oak complexities. Medium-full bodied, taut and concentrated flavours of citrus and white stonefruits flow smoothly on a soft-textured palate, unfolding layers of spicy oak and creamy, buttery MLF elements. The acidity is restrained, adding to the richness and softness, but this has good length and lingering nuances on the finish. This is a softly concentrated Chardonnay with citrussy fruit and layers of creamy, oaky flavours. Match with poultry and pork over the next 3-4+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Hawksbury’ vineyard, at Mt Barker, near Wanaka, WBP and barrel-fermented to 14.3% alc., the wine aged 8 months in 17% new French oak barrels, aged on lees and undergoing 100% MLF. 17.5/20 Feb 2014 RRP $27.95

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36 Bottles Central Otago Pinot Rosé 2013

Rose from New Zealand – Otago

17.5/20
Bright, vivid, purple pink colour with good depth, youthful in appearance. This has an up-front and aromatic bouquet of candied cherry and raspberry fruits with a minerally core. Dryish to taste, punchy and well-concentrated flavours of raspberry and cherry fruit show with youthful, primary freshness. The fruit is lifted with aromatic fermentation esters and confectionary notes, and exudes a degree of succulence and sweetness. Some alcohol power underlines the palate, and adds to the soft acidity and textures providing good linearity. The flavours are carried to a long, sustained, lifted fruit finish with dry textures. This is an attractively bright, full-flavoured raspberry and cherry fruited Pinot Noir rosé with some candied notes. Serve al fresco, or with tapas over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Lakeview Terraces’, Bendigo, given 40 hours skin contact and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.9% alc. and 7.1 g/L RS. Winemaker: Sarah-Kate Dineen. 110 dozen made. 17.5/20 Aug 2013 RRP $19.95

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36 Bottles Central Otago Pinot Rosé 2014

Rose from New Zealand – Otago

17.5/20
Light purple-pink colour, lighter on rim. The nose is very fresh and tightly bound with bright and pure aromas of cherries, raspberries, and strawberries and cream, lifted by red floral detail, along with mouth-watering minerally and steely notes. Off-dry to taste, bright, delicately luscious and softly concentrated flavours of vibrant raspberry fruit intermingle with strawberry and cream notes. The flavours are up-front and lifted with red florals and refreshed by steely, racy, mouthwatering acidity. The mouthfeel is slippery, smooth and the palate has presence, weight and a hint of unctuousness, flowing easily. The wine carries through to a dry, textural moderately sustained finish. This is an elegant, delicately luscious rosé with a slippery mouthfeel and a dry finish. Serve as an aperitif, with seafood, tapas and antipasto over the next 2 years. Hand-picked Pinot Noir fruit, clones 5, 115, 667 and 777 from Pisa, given 48 hours skin contact and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 7.4 g/L RS. 160 cases made. 17.5/20 Oct 2014 RRP $19.95

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36 Bottles Central Otago Rosé 2015

Rose from New Zealand – Otago

17.5/20
Hand-picked Pinot Noir fruit, 50% clone 777, 25% clone 115 and 12.5% each clones 5 and 667 from Pisa, cool-fermented in stainless-steel with a portion in seasoned oak after 24 hours skin contact to 13.65% alc. and 9.44 g/L RS. Bright pink colour with purple hues, lighter on edge. This has a fresh, vibrant, mouthwatering bouquet of raspberries, red cherries and cranberries forming a concentrated core, unveiling nuances of herbs and confectionary and refreshing mineral elements. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the flavours of raspberries and cream and cherries are upfront and build to form a soft-textured core and line. This has good weight and presence. The mouthfeel is fresh and juicy, balanced by light, thirst-quenching acidity. The fruit sweetness and residual sugar is enriched by subtle confectionary lift, and carries the wine to a soft finish of raspberries and cream. This is a refreshing, off-dry rosé with good presence and some richness. Serve with tapas and antipasto, and Middle Eastern fare over the next 2 years. 17.5/20 Nov 2015 RRP $19.95

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36 Bottles Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

16.5/20
Bright ruby-red colour, this is brilliant in appearance. Fresh and firm on nose, this has red berry fruits with dried herbs and nuances of cool, stalk elements and a touch of reduction. The palate balances dark red berry fruit flavours with distinctive elements of herbs and stalks, a touch of reduction and attractive oak toastiness. This has an array of flavours, with a palate of softness and balanced textures. Drink with south-east Asian poultry dishes over the next 3-4+ years. Clones 5 and 6 from Bendigo, some whole bunch used, given a cold soak and fermented to 14.0% alc, the wine aged 9 months in 40% new French oak barriques. 16.5/20 May 2011 RRP $34.00

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36 Bottles Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

17-/20
Light ruby-red colour with good depth, this shows youthful purple hues. On nose, this is light and delicate in expression with fresh, alluring, fragrant, lifted red berry fruits, as well as thyme herbs and lavender perfumes. An elegant wine on palate, this has freshness and liveliness with good acid tension forming the base for the delicate floral and red berry fruits. The wine shows good nuances and the extraction is moderate and very fine, providing suppleness and accessibility. Fruit from the Bendigo sub-region, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in new and seasoned French oak barriques.  Sarah-Kate and Dan Dineen of Wanaka the consultant winemakers. Serve with salmon and tuna over the next 4-5 years. 17.0-/20 May 2011 RRP $34.00

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36 Bottles Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18.5-/20
Equal proportions of clone 5 and 6 Pinot Noir from a single site in Bendigo, the fruit source for the previous vintages, 10% whole bunch, given a cold soak and fermentation initiated by indigenous yeast and fermented to 14.0% alc. The wine was matured in 40% new French oak for 11 months. Very dark, deep, near impenetrable heart of purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. This has a full, deep bouquet of very ripe dark berry and plum aromas with notes of oak spices and dark herbs, all harmoniously interwoven. Full-bodied, this is densely concentrated and packed with rich and juicy flavours of spicy black plum fruits supported by significant tannin extraction. Good acidity is present providing tension, cut and balance, and leads to a lingering, racy finish. This is a rich, ripe and hearty, well-structured Pinot Noir that will match game meat over the next 6-8+ years. This is the most serious 36 Bottles Pinot Noir to date and no doubt reflects the vintage and efforts of proprietors Douglas Brett and Jane Young. 18.5-8/20 Jan 2012 RRP $32.00

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36 Bottles Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18+/20

Clones 5, 6, 667 and 777 from the Bendigo region, given a cold soak and fermented with 15% whole bunches to 13.9% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 36% new French oak. Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with some purple hues at heart, lighter on rim. This has an elegantly presented, refreshing and deep bouquet of dark red berry and cherry fruit with a fresh, cool herb underlay. This is youthful and primary in expression, with an attractive red floral lift. Medium-bodied, bright and aromatic dark cherry fruit flavours show with red and violetty florals. The flavours are juicy and bright, enlivened by fine acidity, and have good depth. The tannin extraction is refined and a feature of the mouthfeel, the textures silken and smooth. The palate has good linearity, leading to a long and sustained finish with spicy oak notes intermingling with red fruits. This is an elegant and bright Pinot Noir, youthfully aromatic and showing finesse on the palate. Serve with poultry, pork and most Asian cuisine over the next 5+ years. 18.0+/20 Jun 2013 RRP $31.95

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36 Bottles Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18.5-/20
Hand-picked Bendigo fruit, over 90% clones 6 and 5, the remainder clones 667 and 777, fermented with 20% whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine on skins for 16 days, the wine aged 10 months in 35% new French oak barrels. Dark, moderately deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on rim. This has an elegant, tightly bound, intense nose of pure dark cherry and bright, ripe raspberry fruit aromas. Lifted red florals, raspberry liqueur elements and nuances of minerals unfold in the glass. Medium-bodied, very finely focussed, fresh dark raspberry and cherry fruit flavours form a tight core. The fruit is supported by fine-grained and supple tannins with a powdery texture. Fresh, lively and brisk acidity underlines the fruit, providing vitality, tension and energy to the mouthfeel. The concentrated core has excellent linearity, carrying through to a long, sustained finish that blooms with spice and floral perfume detail. This is an elegant, fine-textured and supple Pinot Noir with lively mouthfeel and focussed, pure fruit flavours. Match with duck, pork, beef and lamb dishes over the next 5+ years. 380 cases made. 18.5-/20 Oct 2014 RRP $31.95

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36 Bottles Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18.5-/20
Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is very fresh and aromatic with bright dark red and black cherry fruit melded with nuances of plums, thyme herbs, liquorice and savoury whole bunch stalk and perfumed complexities. This has a firm and tight core, promising to unfold and blossom. Medium-full bodied, bright, juicy, rich and luscious fruit dark red berry and cherry fruit flavours are entwined with liquorice, spice, whole cluster stalk and perfumed elements. The palate features a firm, fine-grained core with drive and linearity. The mouthfeel is enlivened by crisp acidity, and the concentrated line carries to a long, densely-packed finish of black cherry fruit and fragrant herbs. This is a bright, lively, well-concentrated and structured Pinot Noir with freshness and depth. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 5-6 years. A blend of 40% clone 5, 35% Abel and 25% 667 from the ‘Avalon’ vineyard, Queensberry, fermented with a portion of whole berries and approx. 20% whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in approx. 37% new French oak. 18.5-/20 Nov 2015 RRP $31.95

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Winesmiths Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

17+/20
Moderately deep ruby-red colour, with light garnet hues on rim. The bouquet is soft, elegant and fragrant with aromas of red berry fruits and red florals, revealing subtle dried herbal nuances in the glass. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, flavours of red berry fruits with an aromatic lift gently fill the palate. Notes dried herbs, earth and undergrowth are just developing, showing the beginnings of secondary interest. The mouthfeel and textures are harmonious and flow evenly, the tannins restrained and supple. The wine has a fresh, juicy finish that is carried by fine acidity. This is an elegant, fresh and harmonious Pinot Noir with soft red fruits just beginning to show some bottle-age interest. Match with mushroom influenced risotto and pasta dishes over the next 4+ years. Clones 5 and 6 from a single Bendigo vineyard given a cold soak and fermented with approx. 10% whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 35% new French oak. 17.0+/20 Jun 2013 RRP $26.95

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Winesmiths Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

17.5-/20
Dark, moderately deep ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is soft and restrained, but with good presence, showing ripe dark cherry and raspberry fruit aromas, along with slight minerally elements, revealing raspberry liqueur and liquorice nuances with aeration. Medium-full bodied, bright and up-front fruit flavours of dark cherries and raspberries are the feature on the palate. This is juicy and lively, the fresh fruit enhanced by the acidity and the mouthfeel has a robustness from granular tannins. The wine carries to a red-fruited, dry and textural finish with spice notes. This is an up-front, lively Pinot Noir with a grainy, robust structure and juicy fruit. Serve with pasta, poultry and pork, as well as barbecued fare over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked Bendigo fruit, 90% clones 667 and 777 with 10% clones 6 and 5, fully destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 16 days on skins and aged 10 months in 20% new French oak. 17.5-/20 Oct 2014 RRP $26.95

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