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Domaine Rewa - Wine2Trade Portfolio

01 October,2010

Domaine Rewa is the Central Otago vineyard and wine venture of Philippa Fourbet, a New Zealander living in France.  A Francophile, she was inspired by the wines of Burgundy to plant vines.  Her 5.5 ha ‘Epicurious Vineyard’ in Lowburn, in the foothills of the Pisa Range, was established in 1997 and is planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and  Pinot Gris, the latter and some of other fruit also sold under contract.   The vineyard was certified BioGro organic in 2015 and is tended by Grant Rolston and Gary Ford of Vinewise who also employ biodynamic regimes.  Philippa has Pete Bartle of VinPro as her winemaker, the first Domaine Rewa wines were from the 2011 vintage.  Production will be limited to around 850 dozen made annually.  The Domaine Rewa range comprises Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.  www.domainerewa.com

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FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Domaine Rewa Central Otago Riesling 2014

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago

18/20
Bright pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The bouquet is refined with well-concentrated and youthfully taut aromas of delicately sift lime fruit and white florals, and a ubtle layer of toasty secondary notes melded with a little honeysuckle and mineral elements. Medium in sweetness and light-bodied, the palate has good depth and a concentrated heart of lime fruit, white florals and nuances of savoury honeysuckle, complexed by secondary toasty nuances. The palate has good linearity and follows a light-textured line with fresh, poised underlying acidity. The mouthfeel is taut and carries to a positive, dryish, fine-textured finish with balanced subtly succulent lime and honey flavours. This is a taut, fresh, medium Riesling with lime fruit entwined with honeysuckle and toast complexities on a fine-textured, dryish, linear palate. Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 4-5+ years. Riesling fruit WBP and fermented in stainless-steel to 11.2% alc. and 25 g/L RS, TA 7.17 g/L and pH 2.91. 18.0/20 Jan 2017 RRP $24.00

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Domaine Rewa Central Otago Riesling 2015

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago

18/20

Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, colourless on the rim. The nose is very elegant and refined in presentation with a core of lime fruit entwined with subtle and soft notes of toast unfolding an amalgam of white florals and minerals. Medium in sweetness and light-bodied, the palate has soft and harmoniously integrated flavours of lime fruit, white florals and honeysuckle, with gentle notes of toast and minerals. The mouthfeel is rich and lush, and smooth-flowing with soft acidity lending mellow drive and energy. The wine carries to a soft and gentle, honied finish. This is a harmoniously integrated medium Riesling with lime, flora and honied flavours and a little secondary toastiness on a lush, smooth-flowing palate. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian fare over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from the ‘Epicurious’ vineyard, WBP and in stainless-steel fermented to 11.0% alc. and 21 g/L RS, TA 8.44 g/L and pH 2.85. 18.0+/20 Feb 2018 RRP $24.00

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Domaine Rewa Central Otago Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Otago

18+/20
Bright, even straw-yellow colour with lemony hues. This has an elegantly concentrated nose with bright and intense aromas of citrus and white stonefruits interwoven with an amalgam of creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes along with subtle lemon-curd MLF elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate has fresh and lively flavours of citrus and stonefruits entwined with creamy and nutty oak elements and lemon-curd MLF detail. The palate has good depth and intensity, and is enlivened by brisk acidity. The wine flows with good drive and energy along a fine, phenolic-threaded line, leading to a moderately long, elegant and nuanced finish. This is an elegantly concentrated Chardonnay with good intensity of citrus and stonefruit flavours harmoniously melded with creamy and nutty oak. Match with seafood and creamy-sauced white meat dishes over the next 4 years. Hand-picked fruit, WBP and fully barrel-fermented by indigenous yeasts to 13.9% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 36% new French oak barriques undergoing batonnage and full MLF. Approx. 260 dozen made. 18.0+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $40.00

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Domaine Rewa Central Otago Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Otago

18.5/20

Brilliant straw-yellow colour with suggestions of green hues and some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with rich aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits entwined with complexing mealy and nutty notes, subtle creamy barrel-ferment and toasty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has richly concentrated and deeply packed flavours of ripe yellow stonefruit and citrus fruit melded with mealy elements and entwined with creamy barrel-ferment, notes and nutty, toasty oak. The flavours form a fulsome and rounded core with fine, underlying acidity. The wine carries along a very fine-textured line, leading to a very long and sustained finish of citrus fruit, mealy complexities and toast. This is a rich, rounded and concentrated Chardonnay with mouthfilling flavours of stonefruit and citrus fruit, mealy complexities, cream, nutty and toasty oak. Match with roast pork and veal dishes over the next 4 years. Mendoza and clone 15 fruit from the ‘Epicurious’ vineyard, hand-picked, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 35% new French oak, undergoing batonnage and MLF. 18.5/20 Jan 2018 RRP $40.00

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Domaine Rewa Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18+/20
Even, dark ruby-red colour with youthful hues. The nose is elegantly proportioned with fresh, vibrant and fragrant aromas of dark raspberry and cherry fruit with lifted violet floral, unveiling subtle, savoury thyme herb nuances and subtle liquorice elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant with a tight core of dark raspberry and cherry fruit, the flavours showing sweetness and lusciousness. The fruit is balanced by a fine-textured line and enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity, Some thyme herb and liquorice notes emerge to provide detail and interest, and the wine flows with energy to carry to a long, lingering finish of raspberries and thyme herbs. This is an elegant and finely concentrated Pinot Noir with sweet flavours of dark raspberries, cherries and thyme herbs flowing along a fine-textured, fresh line. Match with poultry, pork, lamb and beef over the next 5+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 5 and 113 from the ‘Epicurious’ vineyard, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.9% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 33% new oak. 18.0+/20 Jan 2017 RRP $39.00

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Domaine Rewa Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18.5/20

Dark ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rim with slight purple hues. The nose id ethereal and voluminous with a deep core of ripe dark-red cherry fruit entwined with subtle notes of dark herbs, unfolding red florals and a little nutty oak. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich and sweetly ripe fruit flavours of dark-red and black cherries melded with some liquorice, spices and nutty oak detail. The flavours are softly mouthfilling and the fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction lending texture and refined grip. The acidity is integrated and the wine carries along a velvety line to a lingering finish. This is a beautifully balanced, sweetly rich dark-red and black cherry fruited Pinot Noir with subtle herb, liquorice and spice notes on a fine-textured palate. Match with roast duck, pork, beef and lamb dishes over the next 5-6 years. Pinot Noir fruit, clones 5 and 113, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented to 12.6% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 28% bew French oak barriques. 18.5/20 Feb 2018 RRP $39.00

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