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11 October,2017
The ‘Aronui’ brand comes under the Kono Beverages umbrella and is a sister label to the ‘Tohu’ wines. The wines represent the Nelson growing region and most of the fruit for the wines comes from the company’s 33 ha ‘Whenua Matua’ vineyard on tribal land in the Moutere Hills. The vineyard has Johnny Hiscox overseeing its management. The wines also employ fruit from contract growers to supplement the estate fruit. Already, the Aronui wines have achieved success in wine shows, the aromatic whites standing out. The fruit, once harvested is transported to the company’s Awatere Valley Marlborough winery, only three hours away, where experienced winemaker Bruce Taylor takes care of the vinification. Here I review the new release 2017 Rose and 2015 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.


Aronui ‘Single Vineyard’ Nelson Pinot Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Nelson

Bright, light cherry-pink colour lighter on the rim with slight purple hues. The nose is softly fresh with restrained aromas of watermelon, cranberries, unfolding raspberry notes with pomegranate and thirst-quenching minerals. The aromatics build in depth with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has bright and sweetly rich flavours of ripe raspberry, cranberry and pomegranate fruit. The fruit is mouthfilling, forming a lively, solid core with light textures and integrated acidity. The fruit is up-front, unveiling red florals and carries to a lingering, nuanced, mouthwatering finish. This is a bright, up-front dry rosé with rich raspberry and cranberry fruit with red florals on a fine-textured core, with a lively, mouthwatering finish. Match with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Whenua Matua’ vineyard, given approx. 3 hours skin contact and cool-fermented in tank with 10% in seasoned oak to 13.5% alc. and 4.6 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $21.95

Aronui Nelson Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Nelson

Bright, even, straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues, a little paler on edge. The nose is full and gently voluminous with fresh aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit along with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes entwined with subtle lemon-curd MLF and toasty detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate has fresh and lively flavours of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit with complexing creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes that gently fill the mouth. The wine is fresh and bright with crisp acidity, and the wine flows along a light-textured phenolic line, unfolding toasty elements as it leads to a moderately sustained finish. This is a lively citrus-fruited Chardonnay with creamy and nutty oak on a gently mouthfilling palate which reveals toasty elements. Serve with grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 4 years. Nelson fruit, hand-picked and WBP, and fully barrel-fermented, a portion by indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 15% new oak, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. 18.0/20 Oct 2017 RRP $24.95

Aronui ‘Single Vineyard’ Nelson Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Nelson

Even ruby-red colour with slight purple hues and some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with good depth of ripe dark-red berry fruit with notes of plums and dark-red florals, revealing subtle dark herbs, a hint of liquorice and nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich, ripe flavours of dark raspberry fruit with subtle plum notes, dark-red florals, herbs and hints of liquorice. The fruit forms a good, deep heart and I supported by fine, grainy tannin textures and lacy acidity. The palate has good presence and caries to a light, oft, lingering finish of dark-red fruits and herbs. This is a rich Pinot Noir with ripe flavours of dark raspberries and plums with herb and liquorice detail on a fine, grainy palate with freshness and presence. Serve with pork, lamb and beef dishes over the next 5+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ’Whenua Matua’ vineyard and fermented with 5% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak. 18.0+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $27.95
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