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Desert Heart - Archive

01 January,2011
An archive of Desert Heart wines from the Wine2Trade portfolio no longer available

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Desert Heart Central Otago Riesling 2008

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago

17.5/20
Full, light straw colour with some depth. This has a full, even and soft nose with open and broad aromas of savoury citrus fruits with secondary toast and honey notes and a little tertiary nutty, slightly oxidative complexities. Medium-dry to medium in taste, full and open flavours flow softly across the palate. Savoury lime, honey, toast and nutty flavours meld harmoniously into each other. This has richness and some lusciousness to the mouthfeel, with good underlying acidity, the palate displaying a little ‘sweet and sour’ character. The toasty development flavours prevail and carry through to a soft, mellow finish. This is a soft, honied medium Riesling with toasty and nutty development characters. This is fully mature. Drink now and over the next 2-3 years with Asian fare. Fruit from the company’s ‘Felton Road’ vineyard, hand-picked, WBP and cool-fermented to 11.5% alc. and 14.5 g/L RS, with TA 8.1 g/L and 3.01 pH. Winemaker: Jane Docherty. 17.5/20 Dec 2013 RRP $N/A

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Desert Heart Central Otago Riesling 2009

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago

19-/20
Very pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, very pale on rim. The bouquet is very tightly bound, still fresh with pure lime fruit along with minerally notes and hints of toastiness. The aromatics are expressed with great clarity, delicacy and finesse. Off-dry to taste, the palate is very fine and elegant, with firmly held lime fruit flavours, subtle toasty interest and mouthwatering wet stone minerality. The mouthfeel is lively, fresh and zesty from bright, youthful acidity, near austere with its dryness, and fine phenolic line. The textures are from fruit extract, which carry the flavours to a very attractively poised and lingering finish with sweet lime notes showing. This a very refined, elegant and fresh, dryish Riesling with some subtle toasty complexities appearing. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from the company’s ‘Felton Road’ vineyard, hand-picked, WBP and cool-fermented to 12.0% alc. and 8.5 g/L RS, with TA 7.4 g.L and 3.08 pH. Winemaker: Carol Bunn. 19.0-/20 Dec 2013 RRP $N/A

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Desert Heart Central Otago Pinot Gris 2012

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago

17/20
Brilliant, pale straw colour with light green hues, near colourless on rim. The nose is very fine, tightly bound and elegantly presented with pure aromas of white stonefruits and flowers, delicate nuances of herbs and honeysuckle, and mineral elements. Off-dry to taste, delicate flavours of white stonefruits, pears and honeysuckle are supported by a very fine textural line. The acidity is fresh and lacy, enhancing the subtle fruit sweetness, and the mouthfeel is one of balance and harmony. The flavours are carried to a light, nuanced, off-dry finish with lingering minerally notes. This is a delicate, off-dry Pinot Gris with an attractive harmony and freshness. Serve as an aperitif or match with fine Asian cuisine over the next 3+ years. Cromwell Basin fruit from a biodynamic site, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 7.0 g/L RS. Winemaker: Peter Bartle. 17.0/20 Aug 2013 RRP $27.95

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Desert Heart ‘Renaissance’ Bannockburn Central Otago Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Otago

18+/20

Mendoza and clone 6 fruit from Bannockburn, hand-picked and WBP, fully barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 10% new French oak barriques, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, pale on rim. The bouquet is full, with deep and complex aromas of citrus fruits, nutty barrel-ferment and spicy oak elements, flinty lees work and smoke. Medium-full bodied, bright and fresh flavours of citrus fruit are intermixed with spicy, toasty oak and nutty elements. The mouthfeel is creamy and rich from the barrel-ferment, balanced by fresh, racy acidity. The wine is still youthful, and yet to integrate. Waves of toasty oak and reductive, flinty lees work emerge and feature on a crisp, sustained finish. This is a bold, citrussy Chardonnay with spicy oak and flinty complexities and a youthful mouthfeel that will come together over the next 4-5 years. Serve with poultry and pork dishes. Winemaker: Francis Hutt. 18.0+/20 Sep 2013 RRP $29.95

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Desert Heart ‘Seduction’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

17+/20

Very dark, deep, black-ruby colour with garnet hues. The bouquet is full and evenly expressed with well-integrated aromas of dark red berry fruits, earthy spices and dark herbs. Medium-full bodied, rich and lusciously sweet fruit flavours of dark red berries are entwined with sweet earth and savoury spice elements. The mouthfeel is smooth and seamless with fine, silky tannins and fresh, lacy, underlying acidity harmoniously integrated. The fruit has depth and a rounded core that forms a positive backbone and the flavours flow effortlessly to a long, lively, smooth finish with lingering savoury red cherry and berry nuances. This is a smooth and seamless Pinot Noir with savoury red berry fruit flavours and a racy mouthfeel. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4- years. Fruit from the company’s two Felton Road vineyards, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in French oak barriques. Winemaker: Francis Hutt. 17.0+/20 Sep 2013 RRP $29.95

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Desert Heart ‘Untamed Heart’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18/20

An alternative blend at the same level as the premium ‘Desert Heart’ wine. Fruit from the company’s Felton Road vineyard given a cold soak and fermented with a portion of whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in approx. 30% new French oak barriques. Winemaker: Francis Hutt. Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues on edge. The nose is softly full with intense and solidly presented aromas of ripe, dark berry fruits and subtle savoury whole bunch dried herb and earthy complexities. Medium-full bodied, lusciously up-front flavours of ripe, dark berried fruits unfold layers of game meat, savoury dried herbs, filling the palate with sweetness. The fruit is underscored by lively acidity and the mouthfeel has vitality. Fine, supple tannins provide good backbone and soft textures, adding to the fulsome mid-palate. The flavours fade to a clean, soft and dry finish. This is a rich and succulent, up-front Pinot Noir with complex savoury flavours. Serve with slow cooked game meats and casseroles over the next 4-5 years. 18.0/20 Sep 2013 RRP $34.95

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Desert Heart Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18.5/20

Full, dark, deep ruby-red colour. The bouquet is full, concentrated and voluminous with lifted red berry fruit and florals, unfolding waves of savoury secondary nuances of dried herbs, game and nuances of undergrowth. This has complex whole bunch notes melding with the beginnings of secondary development. Medium-full bodied, lusciously rich and ripe fruit flavours of dark red berry fruits are interwoven with spicy oak, game and undergrowth interest The complexity of flavour is the feature. Fine-grained tannin extraction forms a smooth backbone and the mouthfeel is lively with acid tension that carries the flavours to a very long, sustained and elegant finish showing an array of fruit, game and spicy herb nuances. This is a rich, lush and layered Pinot Noir with complex flavours, secondary interest and a lively mouthfeel. Serve with wild duck and pork, or with Mediterranean cuisine over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from the company’s Felton Road vineyards, given a cold soak and fermented with a portion of whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 33% new French oak. Winemaker: Jane Docherty. 18.5/20 Sep 2013 RRP $39.95

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Desert Heart Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18.5/20
Dark, deep ruby colour with a black-red heart and lighter garnet hues on the rim. The bouquet is up-front and powerful, with firm and densely packed aromas of savoury dark red berry and plum fruit harmoniously melded with layers of whole cluster dried herbs, earth and secondary undergrowth notes. With aeration, complexing dark herb, soy sauce, spice and cedary oak elements emerge. Medium-full bodied, rich and vibrantly lively fruit flavours of dark plums, dark berry fruit, dark herbs and undergrowth feature on the palate. The fruit is complexed by waves of savoury secondary undergrowth, spice and cedary oak that grow to fill the mouth. The palate is sweet and juicy with fine acidity and an integrating line of fine-grained tannins that carry the wine to a long, lingering dry finish with complex dried herb and cedar nuances. This is a full, rich and vibrant Pinot Noir with the beginnings of complex secondary development. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 5-6+ years. Clones 115 and 667 from the ‘Desert Heart’ ‘BGILL’ block, fermented with 33% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 33% new French oak. Wine made by Alan Brady. 18.5/20 Jul 2015 RRP $42.00

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