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Delta Wines 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

28 July,2017
Delta Wines was established in 2000 when winemaker Matt Thomson, Englishman David Gleave MW and Neal Ibbotson of Saint Clair purchased a site for a Pinot Noir vineyard on the site of the Delta Farm at the mouth of the Waihopai Valley. The initial aim was to supply the U.K. market with quality Marlborough Pinot Noir. The wines proved to be very successful and Sauvignon Blanc from the Dillons Point district was added to the portfolio.

Recently, Neal Ibbotson took full ownership of the business, and the Delta wines now come under the Saint Clair umbrella of tiers and brands. With this change has come a broadening of the accessibility of the wines to take advantage of the positive market acceptance of the brand, and an increased presence for the domestic scene. Delta has increased the vineyard selection for the fruit to achieve this. Winemaker Heather Stewart from Saint Clair joined the Delta team in 2015, and assumed responsibility for the Delta wine vinification from this year. Here, I review the new 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the blend for the Sauvignon a new one for this release. www.deltawines.co.nz

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Delta River Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

17/20
Bright, pale straw colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh with sweetly fragrant aromas of ripe gooseberries and passionfruit along with lifted florals and notes of fresh herbs, cut grass, capsicums and minerals that form an elegant core. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate possesses fresh and lively flavours of gooseberries with subtle notes of passionfruit entwined with fresh herbs, cut grass and capsicums. The mouthfeel is crisp and zesty with the fruit forming a firm core and line with some phenolic textures and grip. The wine carries with good drive and energy to a lingering finish of aromatic gooseberries and fresh herbs. This is a fresh, crisp Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, passionfruit, herb and grassy flavours with a firm line and a little grip. Serve with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. This is a second blend for this label. Fruit from a single vineyard in the Dillons Point district, cool-fermented to 13.0% alc. 17.0/20 Jul 2017 RRP $13.99

Bright, pale straw colour with slight green hues. The nose is fresh with tightly bound and intense aromas of passionfruit and gooseberries along with fresh herbs, white florals and lifted fresh esters. This has a fine and elegant core. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has fresh and zesty flavours of passionfruit and gooseberries entwined with fresh herbs. The fruit is enlivened by brisk acidity and the wine flows along a light, grainy-textured phenolic line. This has good linearity, and carries to a lingering, dry-textured finish of passionfruit, gooseberries, tropical fruits and herbs. This is a fresh and zesty, intensely flavoured Sauvignon Blanc with flavours of passionfruit, gooseberries, tropical fruits and herbs on a brisk palate with dry, grainy textures. Match with salads and vegetables, and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from several sites in the Wairau Valley, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 3.9 g/L RS. 16.5/20 May 2017 RRP $14.99

Delta Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5/20
Brilliant light straw-yellow colour with green hues, pale on edge. The nose is fresh and firm with good depth and intensity of white stonefruit and citrus fruit aromas entwined with nutty lees and oak notes and nuances of lemon-curd MLF. The aromas are moderately concentrated. Medium-bodied, the palate has good depth of fresh citrus fruit and stonefruit flavours alongside nutty lees and oak notes and gentle lemon-curd MLF elements. The flavours form a good, firm heart and flow along a soft-textured, dry line with integrated acidity. The wine leads to a light, dry finish. This is a fresh, firm Chardonnay with citrus and stonefruit flavours, nutty elements and some lemon-curd MLF nuances on a light, dry-textured palate. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 3 years. A blend of clones 95, 15 and 6 from clay-based soil sites in the Wairau Valley, fermented in seasoned French and American oak barriques and stainless-steel tanks to 13.0% alc., the wine given batonnage and undergoing MLF. 16.5/20 Jul 2017 RRP $14.99

Delta Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5/20
Even, light ruby-red colour, paler on the rim. The nose is youthful and primary with up-front and accessible aromas of dark-red cherry fruit along with suggestions of raspberries, red florals and subtle notes of fresh herbs. The aromatics form an elegant, fragrant core. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant with finely concentrated flavour of dark-red cherry fruit interwoven with fresh herbs, lifted florals and nuances of bitter red berries. The fruit sweetness is underlined by light tannin extraction and structure, with fresh acidity lending energy. The flavours carry with good linearity to a lingering finish of red cherry fruit and florals. This is an elegant, pretty, fruit-focussed Pinot Noir with red cherry, floral and herb flavours on a light-structured palate. Match with salmon and tuna, and with antipasto over the next 3 years. Clones 115 and 777 from the Delta Farm vineyard, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged in seasoned oak and tank. 16.5/20 Jul 2017 RRP $16.99
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