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Wooing Tree 2018 ‘Blondie’, Rosé and Pinot Gris

29 June,2018

Wooing Tree is the Pinot Noir based winegrowing business of the Farquharson and Bews families who established their 17 ha vineyard in Cromwell in 2002. The name ‘Wooing Tree’ is after a 95+ y.o. pine tree that is a local landmark. The brand is essentially totally focussed on variations of Pinot Noir, except for a little Chardonnay, also planted on the site, with some Pinot Gris sourced from outside. The Farquharsons and Bews have indicated plans to create a vineyard village to promote tourism in that part of Cromwell, which will mean the loss of some vines. In order to meet supply, they have begun to source more contract fruit. The three tiers of Pinot Noir are very successful in the market and on the show circuit, but popular choice must go to the ‘Blondie’ Blanc de Noir which sells out quicker than ever. The Rosé and Pinot Gris also do very well. Here I review the new 2018 ‘Blondie’, Rosé and Pinot Gris, made by Pete Bartle at VinPro. All three are youthfully fresh with fermentation esters, and will benefit with a little more time in bottle. www.wooingtree.co.nz

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Wooing Tree ‘Blondie’ Central Otago 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Otago

17.5-/20

Bright, very pale pink colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is fresh and fragrant with lifted aromas of red florals, strawberries and red berry fruits entwined with fresh fermentation esters of bananas and confectionary. This has depth and density and shows aromatic clarity, whilst retaining elegant and slender. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a good, rounded heart with concentrated flavours of red florals, strawberries, soft-red berry fruits melded with fresh fermentation esters and confectionary elements. The mouthfeel is soft, rounded and smooth-flowing with a light phenolic line and integrated lacy acidity guiding the wine. The wine carries to a long, lingering finish of florals and esters. This is a very youthful Blanc de Noirs with soft floral, strawberry flavours and fermentation esters on a smooth-flowing palate and a light phenolic line. Serve as an aperitif, with canapés and Asian fare over the next 2 years. A Blanc de Noir. 100% Pinot Noir, hand-picked from the estate, given minimal skin contact, WBP and fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 4.7 g/L RS. 17.5-/20 Jun 2018 RRP $28.00

Wooing Tree Central Otago Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Otago

17.5+/20

Bright, light cerise-pink with slight purple hues and some depth, paler on the edge. The nose is elegantly concentrated with deep and well-packed aromas of fragrant red cherry and berry fruit interwoven with bright red florals and an amalgam of fresh fermentation esters of confectionary with piquant, mouthwatering herbs. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a rounded but concentrated heart of vibrant, aromatic red cherry fruit with red florals and notes of fermentation esters, along with nuances of herbs. The mouthfeel is softly mouthwatering and the palate flows along a fine-textured line with integrated acidity, leading to a gently lingering finish. This is a rounded, but concentrated dry rosé with fragrant cherry and floral fruit along with lifted fermentation esters and mouthwatering herb notes on a soft-textured palate. Serve as an aperitif, with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. Hand-picked fruit, 100% Pinot Noir from the estate, given overnight skin contact, WBP and fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 3.7 g/L RS. 17.5+/20 Jun 2018 RRP $27.00

Wooing Tree Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago

17+/20

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is taut and finely packed with aromas of pear fruit and white stonefruits along with exotic florals and fresh fermentation esters showing confectionary elements. The aromatics are a little slender in presentation, but possess concentration. Medium-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has light flavours of pears with white florals and white stonefruits, lifted by some fermentation esters. The flavours are up-front and softly mouthfilling, and form an elegant core and line. The wine carries with good energy to a light, lingering, thirst-quenching finish with lacy acidity. This is a light, but up-front medium-dry Pinot Gris with pear, floral and stonefruit flavours lifted by fermentation esters on a light finishing palate. Serve as an aperitif and with mildly spicy Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 2-3 years. Hand-picked fruit from the Cromwell Basin, fermented in tank with 26% in seasoned French oak to 13.5% alc. and 10.7 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Jun 2018 RRP $32.00

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