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Main Divide 2015 Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, and 2014 Pinot Noir

13 June,2017
The Main Divide wines from the Donaldson family in the Waipara Valley offer the same consumer friendly style as the Pegasus Bay wines. Essentially made in the same way to provide rich fruit and flavour expression and mouthfilling textures, the main difference is that the Main Divide wines can employ fruit beyond estate fruit from the Waipara Valley. This enables more wine availability, and along with it a more accessible price. It is little wonder that wine Main Divide wines have a strong following. Here, I review the new release 2015 Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, and 2014 Pinot Noir wines. www.maindivide.com


Main Divide Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2015

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

Full, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, paler edged. The nose is full with rich and ripe aromas of tropical fruits and stonefruits entwined with citrus notes, marmalade, honey and musk, and subtle herb elements. This has real depth, density, concentration and presence. Medium-dty to tste and medium-full bodied, the palate has rich, near unctuous flavours of ripe stonefruit and tropical fruit, with citrus fruit elements, melded with honey, hints of marmalade and musk. The flavours are rich, lively and mouthfilling, and the palate has a soft-textured, mellow line and gentle acid drive. The wine carries to a dryish, elegant finish of stonefruits, honey and musk. This is a rich, mouthfilling, medium-dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit and citrus flavours, marmalade honey and musk from botrytis influence, on a soft palate. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3+ years. Waipara Valley fruit with 20% botrytis infection tank-fermented with 15% in barrel to 13.5% alc. and 8.7 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees. 17.5/20 Jun 2017 RRP $20.99

Main Divide North Canterbury Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

Full, even, light golden-hued yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a full, broad and voluminous nose with aromas of yellow stonefruits intermingling with herb and green nutty elements, unfolding a layering of lees and smoky suggestions. Medium-full bodied, the palate is broad and fulsome with gently mouthfilling flavours of white and yellow stonefruits intermixed with subtle green nutty notes, lees elements and a little oak. The flavours are underlined by a little alcohol drive, the wine flowing smoothly along a soft-textured line, with balancing acidity. The flavours recede a little as the wine carries to a gently rich and soft finish. This is a softly full, up-front and broad, mouthfilling Chardonnay with stonefruit and lees flavours along with herb and nutty notes, on a smooth-flowing, driven palate. Match with seafood, poultry and most white meat dishes over the next 4 years. North Canterbury fruit fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged one year in 10% new French oak barrels, with 60% MLF. 17.5/20 Jun 2017 RRP $20.99

Main Divide North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

Dark, deepish ruby-red colour with light garnet hues on the rim. The nose is light and elegant, with tightly bound aromas of savoury dark-red cherry fruit along with a fine layering of dark and dried herbs forming a tight core. Subtle notes of florals and earth unfold, showing the beginnings of secondary development. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a lively core of concentrated savoury dark-red berry fruit melded with dark and dried herbs and subtle earthy detail. The fruit is sweet and the palate is mouthwatering with fresh, underlying acidity. The wine flows with good energy and drive following a fine-grained, textured line, leading to a lingering finish of savoury red fruits and dried herbs. This is a lively and rich Pinot Noir with savoury dark-red fruit and dried herb and earthy detail on a fine-textured palate. Serve with mushroom risotto, coq au vin and game meat dishes over the next 4 years. Waipara Valley fruit indigenous yeast fermented with 25% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 10% new French oak barrels. 17.5+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $24.99


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