Incognito Classics from Fine Wine Delivery Co.
The Fine Wine Delivery Co. have made the process of sourcing lots of high quality wine from top producers, and selling them at lower prices than normal with identity unknown, so as to protect the standing of the supplier, an art. The wines that continue to flow under the ‘Incognito' brand have gained a strong following, and they have become the ‘house brand' for them. The key to the success of the brand are the standards involved in the selection process, where the wines must achieve a silver medal standard as agreed upon by the in-house judging panel. Clearly, there are perceptive and keen palates involved. Here are three of the latest ‘Incognito' classics, which I review. www.finewinedelivery.co.nz
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Incognito Methode Traditionnelle NVSparkling Wine from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 11-Dec-2012Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Marlborough, fermented to 12.5% alc. with 5 g/L dosage, the wine spending 18 months on lees. Bright straw-yellow colour, pale on rime, fine bead with moderate persistence. The bouquet is fresh with up-front citrus and white stonefruit aromas and subtle, but positive bread and yeast aromas, the nose unfolding a little nuttiness Very dry to taste and light-bodied, delicately elegant flavours of white florals, and stonefruits with sweet nutty elements sit alongside light yeast notes. This is fine, frothy and lively on palate with lacy acidity. This is quite Chardonnay expressive with its light and fine features which carry through to a crisp and dry finish. This is a very fine, delicate, fresh Chardonnay-styled sparkling to serve as an aperitif over the next 2-3+ years. 17.5-/20 Dec 2012 RRP $17.99
Incognito Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011Pinot Noir from New Zealand - OtagoReview Date : 11-Dec-2012Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues. Concentrated aromas of ripe black cherries show with spicy dark plum fruit, revealing underlying thyme herb notes. Medium-full bodied, tightly concentrated flavours of ripe black cherries and oak are framed in a tightly bound, finely-structured palate. Spicy oak and dark herb flavours add interest, with bright acidity enhancing the sweetness and providing liveliness. A little alcoholic power drives the wine which finishes with long, lingering spicy cherry flavours. This is a classically structured Central Otago Pinot Noir with ripe dark cherry and thyme flavours. Serve with roasted duck and pork dished over the next 5+ years. Clones 5, 6, 10/5, 113, 115, 667 and 777 from two vineyards, one in Bannockburn the other in Lowburn, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 26% new oak barriques. 18.0/20 Dec 2012 RRP $19.99