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Red Barrel 2016 Rosé, 2015 Chardonnay and 2014 Merlot

09 February,2017
The Red Barrel Vineyard micro-boutique wine venture in the Te Mata Special Character Zone was established in 2010 when John and Juliette Lockie purchased the former Zepelin vineyard in Havelock North. With earlier vineyard experience, they replaced the Cabernet Sauvignon with Chardonnay, whilst retaining the Merlot and Syrah, varieties with consistent and proven performance. The Lockies preference is for wines with bold flavours and plenty of palate presence, reflecting the regionality of the Te Mata district, which sits very well with their contracted winemaker Dave McKee, who is based over the road at Black Barn. Here, I review the new release 2016 Rosé, 2015 Chardonnay, and 2014 Merlot. www.redbarrel.co.nz

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Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2016

Rose from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

16.5/20
Light cherry-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and a little brackish with aromas of redcurrant, red cherries and pomegranate along with subtly refreshing notes of fresh herbs and stalk nuances, the aromatics forming an elegantly concentrated core. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has a finely concentrated, firm core with light redcurrant, raspberry and red cherry fruit flavours intermingling with earthy and fresh herbal element. The mouthfeel is thirst-quenchingly dry with a fine phenolic line, balanced by refreshing lacy acidity. The flavours are carried by the textures to a crisp, dry finish of redcurrants and herbs. This is a dry rosé with a firm core of redcurrants, red cherries, pomegranate fruit with herb and earthy notes on a mouthwatering, textured palate. Match with tapas and Mediterranean fare over the next 2+ years. 100% Merlot, hand-picked and WBP, cool-fermented in tank to 13.0% alc., and <2 g/L RS, the wine aged on light lees, undergoing batonnage. 16.5/20 Feb 2017 RRP $20.00

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Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18-/20

Bright, light yellow colour with light green tints. The nose is very tight and firmly bound with a concentrated core of white stonefruits entwined with deep aromas of gunflinty mineral reduction, along with nutty oak and a little smoke. Medium-full bodied, the palate is tightly packed and very well-concentrated with firm and deep flavours of vibrant and succulent white stonefruit flavers layered with an amalgam of nutty oak and gunflint reductive notes. The palate has power, vigour and drive, and the wine carries along a fine-textured line with fresh, underlying acidity adding to the energy. The wine leads to an elegant, sustained finish of stonefruits, nuts and flint. This is a powerful and well-concentrated Chardonnay with intense flavours of stonefruits, nut and gunflint on a vigorous palate. Match with grilled and roasted pork and veal dishes over the next 4-5 years. Clones Mendoza, 15 and 95, hand-picked and WBP, fermented in French barriques and puncheons to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 50% new oak, undergoing batonnage and >70% MLF. 18.0-/20 Apr 2018 RRP $30.00

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Brilliant straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, lighter on the edge. This has a full, broad and voluminous nose with a concentrated core of citrus fruits and white stonefruit aromas entwined with creamy, nutty barrel-ferment notes, a thread of youthful reduction and a little toasty oak. Medium-full bodied, the tightly bound and intense flavours of citrus and white stonefruits form a firm and fine core, unveiling creamy and nutty barrel-ferment flavours along with a little minerally reduction and oak toast. The mouthfeel is youthfully firm and fine-textured, and is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity. As the wine flows, the minerally reduction emerges and carries to a long and sustained, fine-textured finish. This is a firm and finely concentrated Chardonnay with citrus and stonefruit flavours entwined with creamy barrel-ferment, lemon curd MLF, and reductive and toasty oak notes. Serve with barbecued, grilled and roasted pork dishes over the next 4-5 years. Clones Mendoza, 15 and 95, hand-picked and WBP, fermented in French barriques and puncheons to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 50% new oak, undergoing batonnage and >70% MLF. 17.5/20 Feb 2017 RRP $30.00

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Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014

Merlot from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18+/20
Full, even, dark and deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on edge. The nose is softly full with well-packed, deep aromas of ripe black plums and dark-red and black berry fruits with an amalgam of earth, herbs and spicy oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is well-proportioned with concentrated, lusciously ripe flavours of dark-red plums and berry fruit entwined with subtle notes of herbs, earth and nutty , spicy oak. The mouthfeel is moderately rich, but deep and rounded and supported by fine, grainy tannin structure with integrated, soft acidity adding to the accessibility. The flavours flow with good linearity to a rich plummy, earthy and spicy finish. This is a rich Merlot with dark plum and berry flavours along with a layering of earth, herbs and oak spice on a rounded, fine structured palate. Match with roast lamb, beef and venison, and semi hard cheeses over the next 6-7 years. Hand-picked fruit fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 24 days on skins and aged 14 months in one-third new French oak then given a further 6 months on lees in tank. 18.0+/20 Feb 2017 RRP $25.00

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