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Dr Renwick Wines of Marlborough

18 June,2012
A second tier for Isabel Vineyard, the ‘Dr Renwick' wines are named after Dr Thomas Renwick who gave his name to the small settlement of Renwicktown in 1856. Now called Renwick, it is one of the major markers of the Marlborough vignoble. Isabel Vineyard is a Renwick cornerstone, established in 1980 by Michael and Robyn Tiller. It is one of the largest family owned vineyards at 105 ha, and is one of the oldest. It has proved to be a fine source of fruit over the years, and it, along with the Isabel winery is fully BioGro certified organic. Winemaking is now in the hands of Carlos Orgiles Ortega, partner of daughter Jane Tiller, Carlos taking over from Patricia Miranda. The ‘Dr Renwick' wines have good palate presence, and benefit with time in the glass to show their underlying fruit.


Dr Renwick Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough


Cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 11.8% alc. and 3.4 g/L rs, the wine aged on lees. Bright, light straw colour with some pale green hues, light on rim. The bouquet is light and fresh with uncomplicated gooseberry fruit aromas lifted with hints of tropical fruits. Dry, clean and fresh, light gooseberryish fruit is presented simply, forming a good palate line, with some depth. There is mouthfeel and presence, with good acid balance. The wine has a crisp dry finish with moderate length and restrained fruitiness. This is a clean, fresh and uncomplicated Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with the body to match seafood, vegetables and salads over the next 18 months to 2 years. 15.5-/20 Jun 2012 RRP $15.20

Dr Renwick Marlborough Dry Riesling 2009

Riesling from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright lemon-straw yellow colour with some green hues. The nose is firm with intense aromas of limes and lemons, along with wet stone and mineral elements. Dryish to taste, up-front and openly expressed lime and apple flavours are carried through the palate with a soft textural line. The acidity is in the background and the wine has a dry, firm, but restrained core. There is depth and weight which carries through to a crisp finish showing a little toasty interest. This is a dry, firm and linear Riesling with some weight and textures to match with Asian cuisine over the next 2-3+ years. The fruit was cold soaked and cool-fermented to 11.9% alc. and 6 g/L rs, the wine given 3 weeks on lees 16.0-/20 Jun 2012 RRP $15.20

Dr Renwick Marlborough Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Marlborough


Fruit hand-picked and WBP, 30% fermented in seasoned oak barrels to 13.5% alc. and 7.5 g/L rs. The wine was given 8 months lees contact. Bright, pale-golden straw colour, lighter on edge. Full savoury stonefruit and citrus fruit aromas with some butttery MLF notes form a dense amalgam with complexing secondary flint and nutty nuances underlying on the nose. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, this is full and broad with soft savoury citrus fruit flavours interwoven with almondy-nutty notes, cream and oak toast. The mouthfeel is dry but the MLF counters the slight austerity, but this has presence. The nutty flavours lead to a dry, slightly warm, buttery finish with some toastiness. This is a full, savoury Chardonnay with some nutty development. Serve with creamy poultry dishes over the next 2 years. 16.0/20 Jun 2012 RRP $15.20

Dr Renwick Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough


Fruit fully destemmed and given a cold soak, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in seasoned oak barrels. Light, even ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues. This has a light, soft nose with up-front and uncomplicated dark berry fruit aromas along with some dried herb notes and savoury red florals. Medium-light bodied, clean strawberry and herbal, spicy fruit flavours along with sweet raspberry elements are subtly expressed and supported by supple tannins and fresh acidity. There is good presence and some richness builds, carrying through to a finish with good length. This is a restrained, but accessible Pinot Noir that has balanced richness and good mouthfeel. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 3-4 years. 16.0+/20 Jun 2012 RRP $17.00

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