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Mischief North Canterbury 2017 Riesling and Pinot Gris, and 2016 Pinot Noir

17 May,2018

The ‘Mischief’ wine label comes from the ‘Mischief With Wine’ company consisting of four people, two of whom are winemakers, two are sisters and two are paramedics, the four people being two couples: Adam Bennett and Anna Broms, based in Australia, and Charlotte Broms and Ryan Eden, based in Christchurch. Their take on wine is of enjoyment and fun, and for wines to be immediately enjoyable, but have enough depth for the more discerning. There is a distinctive Kiwi take to the packaging with the labels featuring iconic New Zealand birds presented in a ‘steampunk’ theme. Though Adam and Anna, the winemakers, are based in Australia, they have had their first three wines made under contract at a North Canterbury winery, to their specifications. I review the wines here. www.mischiefwithwine.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Mischief North Canterbury Riesling 2017

Riesling from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

16.5+/20

Bright, light straw-yellow colour, paler on the rim. The nose is elegant and slender in expression with light aromas of lime and lemonade fruit along with subtle notes of white florals, a little musk, unfolding hints of toast and minerals. Medium-dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has attractive flavours of lime fruit entwined with notes of sherbet and musk, along with white florals and hints of toast. The fruit forms an elegant, lightly-textured core and line, with crisp, lacy acidity lending energy. The fruit sweetness is balanced by the acidity and the wine carries to an elegant, lingering finish of citrus fruit, florals and musk. This is an elegant medium-Riesling with flavours of lime fruit entwined with florals and musk on a light-textured, but fresh palate. Serve as a aperitif and with Asian fare over the next 3 years. The label depicts the Fantail. A blend of fruit from two vineyards, fermented in tank to 11.0% alc. and 10 g/L RS. 16.5+/20 May 2018 RRP $22.00

Mischief North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

17+/20

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the edge. The nose is fresh and gently full with aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, hints of pears along with notes of exotic florals and hints of nuts and suggestions of minerals. This is clean and refreshing. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has elegant but up-front flavours of white and yellow stonefruits intermixed with exotic florals and pear notes. The fruit is open and accessible and forms an easy heart with some body and presence, and flows along a smooth line with lacy acidity lending tension and energy. The wine carries to an elegant, lingering finish. This is an up-front off-dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit floral and pear flavours with good presence and a fresh mouthfeel. Match with mildly spicy Middle Eastern fare over the next 3 years. The label depicts the Kea. North Canterbury fruit fermented in tank to 13.5% alc. and 6 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 May 2018 RRP $22.00

Mischief North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

16.5+/20

Moderately deep, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with restrained aromas of savoury dark-red berry fruit entwined with a soft layer of dried herbs and earthy detail. This has good density and unfolds some secondary development complexity. Medium-full bodied, the palate is softly packed with good depth of savoury dark-red berry fruit melded with subtle notes of dark herbs and earthy elements, forming a rounded, solid core. The fruit is gently rich and supported by light, line-grained tannin structure with soft acidity enhancing the roundness. The flavours carry to a gentle finish. This is a softly packed Pinot Noir with a rounded core of savoury dark-red berry fruit along with secondary development notes of dried herbs and earth on a fine-textured palate. Match with coq au vin and casseroles over the next 3+ years. The label depicts the Tui. North Canterbury fruit fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in French oak barriques. 16.5+/20 May 2018 RRP $28.00

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