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Lynfer Estate – Gladstone Growers Gearing Up

20 April,2011
Established in 1999 by the David and Coleen Boyd, Lynfer Estate vineyard has supplied fruit for award winning wines since 2003. ‘Lynfer' is a combination of the names of the Boyd's daughters - Lyndsay and Jennifer. The name and the livery certainly have a Gaelic feel, and suitably reflects David Boyd's Irish background. The 11 ha site is on Dakins Road, the home of several of the leading producers in the region, and the wines are made by the team at Gladstone Vineyard. Based on the quality of the fruit in the wines, this is a label worth following. The next step may be to increase the ripeness of the fruit a little and then be a little more adventurous with the winemaking.


Lynfer Estate Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

Fruit from the Lynfer ‘Dakins Road' vineyard cool-fermented to 13.9% alc. and 0.4 g/L rs. Very pale straw-yellow with light green hues to the colour, this has a moderately intense, but fine and delicately attractive bouquet of English gooseberries and fresh herbs lifted with white floral notes. Dry to taste, this is an elegantly sized wine with tightly bound fruit flavours of gooseberries, herbs and nettles along with lime flowers. The palate shows racy acidity which enlivens the fruit sweetness. Youthful, fresh and up-front, the wine finishes with moderate length. Match wtth shellfish, but this will also be a good accompaniment with Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine over the next 2-3 years. 16.0+/20 Apr 2011 RRP 18.00

Lynfer Estate Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

Fruit from 6 y.o. vines, 777 clone, fermented to 13.9% alc. and given light oak treatment. Medium deep ruby red with a pale edge to the colour, this has a fresh, pure, fragrant nose of red berry and cherry fruit along with hints of savoury herbs and a confectionary lift. Medium weighted, this shows bright, sufficiently ripened, uncomplicated raspberry and cherry fruit flavours with some sweetness and richness on the palate. The moderate extraction provides a soft texture and gentleness for immediate accessibility for fresh, vibrant drinking with poultry and pork, as well as salmon and tuna over the next 3-4 years. 17.0-/20 Apr 2011 RRP $26.00
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