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Petane Station 2015 Viognier, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer

08 April,2016
Philip and Sarah Barber of Petane Station in the Esk Valley district of Hawke’s Bay are rapidly establishing themselves as serious producers of wine, especially with the aromatic varieties. Starting by purchasing an established block of vines they have developed their holdings to 8 ha in 5 blocks, with Pinot Gris as the predominant variety. There are smaller amounts of Gewurztraminer, Viognier and Chardonnay, and fruit for red wine is sourced from outside the area. The Barbers personally tend to the viticulture and have their wine made at the Askerne facility under the watchful eye of the very experienced Ant Mackenzie. The wines have proven very successful in judgings and reviews. Here, I review the new 2015 Viognier, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer releases. www.petanestation.co.nz


Petane Station Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2015

Viognier from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Bright, light golden-yellow colour, pale on the edge. The nose is full with gentle breadth and volume, the aromatics a little reserved, but unfolding to show fresh, ripe apricot and citrus blossom fruit entwined with exotic florals. The nose has a fresh, steely and minerally core. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, this has intense and penetrating flavours of apricots, yellow stonefruits and citrus blossom lifted by exotic florals. The fruit is tightly bound with a firm core and good linear drive. The mouthfeel is bright and lively with lacy acidity which combines with some alcoholic power carrying the wine to a long, concentrated finish. This is a concentrated and intense Viognier with exotic fruit and citrus blossom notes, freshness, power and drive. Serve with seafood and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4 years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Tracks’ block, WBP and fully barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc. and dryness, the wine aged 8 months in one-third new French oak barrels. 65 cases made. 18.0/20 Apr 2016 RRP $31.00

Petane Station Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2015

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Brilliant, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a firmly packed and concentrated nose of white and yellow stonefruits that open to reveal nuances of exotic rose-petal florals, spices and honeysuckle, entwined with flinty and subtle oxidative nutty detail. Dryish to taste, this has a rich and flavoursome heart of luscious stonefruit flavours melded with exotic florals and honeysuckle, unfolding complexing nutty nuances. The mouthfeel possesses light, underlying textures that balance the fruit sweetness, and the wine flows with bright, fine, acid energy, carrying to a dry, fine-textured, light, but lingering finish with exotic floral notes. This is a dryish, lively Pinot Gris with rich and exotic stonefruit flavours along with complexing nutty detail. Match with most white meat dishes over the next 4+ years Two picks, both by hand, the first WBP and fermented in seasoned French oak, the late-pick portion cool-fermented in tank, the blend at 14.0% alc. and 7 g/L RS, the wine aged 7 months on lees. 350 cases made. 18.0+/20 Apr 2016 RRP $27.00

Petane Station Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2015

Gewurztraminer from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Bright, light golden-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, pale on the rim. The nose is full and voluminous with deep and powerful aromas of exotic rose-petal florals, Turkish Delight, soft musky perfumes and honied notes. Spice and mineral elements emerge from the core with aeration. Dryish to taste, rich, lusciously exotic flavours of rose-petal florals, Turkish Delight, spices, musk and honeysuckle fill the palate. The mouthfeel is soft and fine in texture with a suggestion of unctuousness. Generous alcohol drive harmoniously underlines the fruit and enhances the considerable presence. This has drive and power, and the wine carries to a strong, long and flavoursome finish of exotic spices and musk. This is a rich and exotic, dry Gewurztraminer fulsome mouthfeel and plenty of power. Serve with Chinese and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Bellbird’ block, showing shrivel and raisins, WBP and tank-fermented to 15.0% alc. and approx. 2 g/L RS, the wine aged 7 month on lees. 70 cases made. RRP $36.00
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