RECENT FEATURES




Spy Valley and Envoy 2016 Gewurztraminer
West Brook Marlborough Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs, Waimauku Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Malbec
Craggy Range 2015 Aroha, Sophia and Le Sol
Dandelion GSM 2016 and Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone 2015
Two Rivers ‘Altitude’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
Georges Road 2016 Rosé and Pinot Gris, 2014 Rose and Pinot Noir, and Syrah 2015 and 2016
Kidnapper Cliffs 2014 Chardonnay and 2013 Cabernet Merlot and Syrah
Archangel 2015 Pinot Gris, 2013 Stefania and Halina Rieslings and Pinot Noir
Sugar Loaf 2016 Marlborough Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Mt Beautiful 2016 Rosé, Sauvignon and Riesling, and 2015 Pinot Gris
SOHO ‘Zabeel’ Waiheke Island 2015
Alexander 2016 Martinborough Pinot Noir and Merlot
Te Whare Ra 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling ‘D’, Pinot Gris, and 2015 Pinot Noir
Ostler Waitaki Valley Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir
Yealands Single Vineyard Awatere Pinot Noir 2016
Matahiwi Estate 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay
Mills Reef 2016 Reserve Syrah and 2015 Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon
Montsable Pays d’Oc Chardonnay 2016
Jules Taylor 2016 Pinot Noir and ‘OTQ’ Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Main Divide 2015 Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, and 2014 Pinot Noir
te Pa 2016 Chardonnay and Pa Road 2015 Pinot Noir
Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015
Moana Park 2014 Gewurztraminer and 2015 SVR Pinot Noir
Dashwood Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne St Laurent 2014
// View More Featured Reviews

Featured Reviews




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. www.isabelestate.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Dr Renwick Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

15.5-/20

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

16-/20

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

16/20

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

16+/20

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

Copyright © 2011 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Website by DataFlex | Design by Skinny