Trout Valley and Kahurangi 2010 Aromatics
The Day family at Kahurangi Estate in the Upper Moutere, Nelson, have some of the oldest commercial winemaking vines in the South Island. Aromatic wines have been mainstays of the region, and Kahurangi certainly produce competent examples. The Trout Valley wines, produced by Kahurangi are available in alternative channels from general trade distribution, mail order in New Zealand and through Tyrrells Wines in the Hunter Valley, Australia. Each label features a different trout fishing fly. Brown trout fishing in Nelson is world-renowned. www.kahurangiwine.com
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Trout Valley Nelson Riesling 2010Riesling from New Zealand - NelsonReview Date : 14-Feb-2011Made from contract grown fruit from Nelson, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. Very pale straw yellow with a suggestion of green hues to the colour, this has an elegant and attractive nose of florals, limes and a little honey. Dryish to taste and light in body, this is an approachable and inviting wine with its clean, pure, lime, floral and honey flavours. The fruit has a delicacy, and balanced racy acidity enlivens the palate. The gentle, textured finish has good length. A well-made and accessible Riesling to enjoy as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 2-4 years. 16.5+/20 Jan 2011 RRP $15.50
Trout Valley Nelson Pinot Gris 2010Pinot Gris from New Zealand - NelsonReview Date : 14-Feb-2011Bright, pale straw-yellow in colour, this has a soft, attractively perfumed nose of pears and stonefruits along with interesting spice and youthful esters elements. Dryish on palate, this is a light-bodied, well-balanced with gentle spiced stonefruit flavours, soft textures allied to good, refreshing acidity. This will be a good wine to serve with antipasto, seafood and lightly spiced Asian cuisine over the next 2 years. Made from fruit from three sites on the Waimea Plains, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 6.0 g/L rs. 16.0/20 Jan 2011 RRP $15.50
Kahurangi Estate Nelson Pinot Gris 2010Pinot Gris from New Zealand - NelsonReview Date : 14-Feb-2011A single vineyard wine, the fruit was grown on the Moutere clay soils, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 10.5 g/L rs. It has a very pale, youthful, straw-yellow colour and a full, moderately intense nose of spiced pears, along with mineral overtones and youthful, banana-like fermentation esters. The palate is off-dry with lovely pear, white stonefruit and minerally flavours along with youthful esters-like notes. There is good weight and developing richness and texture, matching a little alcohol warmth. Still youthful, this should become more classically varietal over the next 2-4 years. Serve with Asian cuisine. 16.5/20 Jan 2011 RRP $19.90.