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28 November,2017

Therapy is a new label launched Craig Gasson to supplement his Lamont wines from his Bendigo vines. He has the ‘Therapy’ wines in what he calls his ‘Friends and Neighbours’ range, designed to "provide everyday drinkability while showing regional and varietal character”. They are deemed to be "perfect ends of day ‘therapy’. Here, I review the Therapy 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Central Otago Pinot Noir.


Therapy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, light straw-yellow colour, paler on the rim. The nose is elegantly expressed with slender aromas of cut grass, green capsicums and savoury gooseberry fruit forming a rounded core. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has softly refreshing flavours of cut grass, capsicums, gooseberries and nuances of nettles. The fruit forms a rounded core giving the palate good presence. The mouthfeel has soft acidity and the wine flows along a gently textured line leading to a soft finish of cut grass and savoury gooseberries. This is a softly presented Sauvignon Blanc with flavours of cut grass, capsicums and gooseberries with gentle acidity and a rounded heart. Match with salads and vegetables, and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Grown and made under contract by a Wairau Valley producer. Fruit from 2 certified organic sites, hand-picked and cool-fermented in tank with 8% in neutral French oak to 13.5% alc. and 2.4 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees. 16.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP $20.00

Therapy ‘Single Vineyard’ Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago


Even, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on edge and youthful in appearance. The nose has vibrant aromas of dark-red and black berried fruits entwined with subtle dark herbal notes along with liquorice, earth and black mineral elements. The aromatics form a good core with depth. Medium-full bodied, the palate has full and up-front sweetly ripe fruit flavours of dark-red and black berries with notes of liquorice and dark herbs. The fruit is plush and accessible, and underlined by fine, supple tannins. The acidity is balanced and integrated. Some spice and nutty oak elements emerge as the wine carries with good drive to a light, nuanced finish. This is an up-front, sweet dark-red and black berry fruited Pinot Noir with liquorice and herb nuances on a supple palate. Match with poultry, pork, lamb and beef dishes over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from the north end of Loop Road, 30% each clones 115 and 777, 20% clone 5, 15% 667 and 5% Abel, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 24 days on skins and aged 9 months in seasoned oak. 17.5+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $30.00

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