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Domaine Rewa - Wine2Trade Portfolio

01 October,2010

Domaine Rewa is the Central Otago vineyard and wine venture of Philippa Foubert, 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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Domaine Rewa Central Otago Riesling 2013

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago

17.5-/20
Bright, light straw-yellow colour, pale on edge. The bouquet is refined with intense aromas of lime fruit infused with mineral and secondary toast complexities, and is expressed with a refreshing steeliness. Medium to taste and elegantly proportioned, the flavours of lime fruit are enhanced by complexing toast and mineral elements and enriched by honey notes. The mouthfeel is harmoniously integrated and smooth flowing, the palate with soft, lacy acidity, and following a fine, tightly held core and line which provides good presence and depth. The wine carries to a soft finish with citrus, toast and honied nuances. This is a smooth, harmonious medium Riesling with some secondary toasty and honied flavours. Fruit WBP and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.4% alc. and 17 g/L RS, TA 9.0 g/L and pH 2.9. 125 dozen made. 17.5-/20 Jan 2015 RRP $24.00

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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 Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Otago

18.5/20
Brilliant straw-yellow colour, pale edged. The nose is stylishly concentrated with intense and penetrating aromas of white stonefruits and subtle citrus fruit notes entwined with complexing flinty, mineral reduction and melded with underlying nutty and toasty oak notes, and some creamy barrel-ferment suggestions. This has balance and detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is well-proportioned with finely concentrated core of white stonefruits, citrus fruits and complexing flint and mineral notes. The palate has creamy and nutty oak balanced by fine phenolic textures and crisp, lacy acidity, and the wine flows with good energy and line, leading to a lingering finish of stonefruit, flinty minerals and toasty oak. This is an elegantly concentrated Chardonnay with complex stonefruit, flint, nutty and toasty flavours on a balanced, fresh, fine-textured palate. Match with grilled seafood and roasted poultry and pork over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Epicurious’ vineyard, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.4% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 25% new oak, undergoing batonnage, and full MLF. RRP $37.00

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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 $37.00

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Domaine Rewa Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18/20
Clones 5 and 113, hand-picked, destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.2% alc., the wine aged 8 ½ months in 31% new French oak barriques. Full, even, purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is gently voluminous with deep, primary dark raspberry fruit aromas, entwined with delicate herb notes, lifted violet florals and some oak toastiness that unfolds with aeration. Medium-bodied, vibrant, primary, dark red berry fruit and plum flavours form a finely concentrated core with good depth and intensity. The fruit is detailed and balanced by fresh dark herb and spicy, toasty oak nuances. This has good extraction and structure that supports the fruit, providing substantial grip and mouthfeel. The tannins are very fine-grained, forming a firm line that carries the dark fruit flavours to a long, elegant finish. This is an elegantly proportioned, youthful Pinot Noir with ripe dark berry and plum fruit, with a fine, firm structure. Match with lamb, beef, venison and harder cheeses over the next 6-7+ years. 390 dozen made. 18.0/20 Jan 2015 RRP $38.00

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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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