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Murphy Goode Chardonnay 2015 and The Crusher Petite Sirah 2015

31 January,2018

We are seeing a good number of Californian wines in the New Zealand market place, this situation so different to the past where imports of American wines were small in volume, centred around the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, and invariably expensive. Nowadays, the range of varieties and styles and districts represented are wide ranging, reflecting the burgeoning industry, and there are many wines that offer extremely good value. Procure Liquor has been one of the most active distributors in this area. I review two new Californian releases from this supplier, a 2015 Murphy Goode Chardonnay and 2015 The Crusher Petite Sirah, the latter wine from the Don Sebastiani & Sons group. www.procureliquor.co.nz

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Murphy-Goode California Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from USA

17+/20

Bright golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter edged. The nose is softly full and voluminous with aromas of ripe tropical fruit and citrus fruit harmoniously entwined with a subtle, nutty layering along with hints of creamy oak and nuances of lees. Medium-full bodied, the palate has up-front and accessible, mouthfilling flavours of ripe tropical fruit, citrus fruit and savoury pineapple, along with nutty notes. This has good vigour, with fresh, lacy acidity; the wine flows along a fine, firm-textured liner line. The phenolics grow and carry the wine to a taut, dry finish. This is an up-front, mouthfilling Chardonnay with rich tropical and citrus fruit flavours and nutty notes on a lively palate and a taut finish. Match with roasted pork and veal dishes over the next 3+ years. California fruit, a blend of 99% Chardonnay and 1% Viognier, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged one month in French and American oak, 2% new, and 11 months in tank. 17.0+/20 Jan 2015 RRP $30.00

The Crusher California Petite Sirah 2015

Other Red from USA

17.5/20

Dark, deep, near impenetrable, black-hued purple-red colour. The nose is full and deep with aromas of ripe blackberry fruit with mulberry and blackcurrant notes with some tar and black minerals. Full-bodied, the palate is fulsome with rich and sweetly-fruited, ripe flavours of blackberries, mulberries, black plums, and tar and mineral notes, unfolding hints of blackcurrants. The mouthfeel is solid, but plush with fine, grainy tannin underlining the fruit, and soft, ripe acidity lending some roundness. The wine carries to a long, soft-textured finish with liquorice elements. The is a sweet-fruited and fulsome Petit Sirah with blackberry, plum, mulberry, currant and tarry flavours on a fine, textured palate. Match with slow-cooked game meat and casseroles over the next 4 years. California fruit, including that from Clarksburg and Lodi, a blend of 85% Petite Sirah, 6% Merlot, 4% Zinfandel, 3% Tempranillo and 1% each Carignan and Mourvedre, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months 40% each French and American oak, and 20% Hungarian. 17.5/20 Jan 2018 RRP $30.00

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