Dave Clouston is one of Marlborough’s rising stars. Being a local, he lived on the land and is extremely familiar with the sub-regions and suitability of varieties to sites, as well as knowing the people who live on the land. This has given him advantages in making his ‘Two Rivers’ wines. David’s purchase of the established ‘Brookby Hill’ vineyard in the Southern Valleys at the end of 2015 has given him a more consistent supply of premium grapes. The vineyard is regarded as the ‘Home’ vineyard. Just as 2018 vintage was beginning, David opened his ‘Wine Studio’ winemaking facility in Cloudy Bay Business Park, and this will give him even greater control of how to handle his fruit. Dave incorporated new techniques and more radical equipment such as concrete egg and amphora.
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Two Rivers Clos des Pierres Chardonnay 2018, MarlboroughChardonnay from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 11-Jun-2020Bright, medium straw-yellow, even throughout. The nose is welcoming, greets with smokey flint, extents with buttery aromas, freshly peeled citrus zest, alongside delicate spices, painting an appealing impression. Medium-bodied, freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest rushed in, along with nuances of lemon curd with a light scent of orange blossom, melded with subtle spices and buttery nuances. The mouthfeel is creamy and elegant, a thin layer of chalkiness coating on the palate; acid is soft and well-integrated, flows with a drop of orange bitter, smokey gunflint to a lingering sleek finish. This is an elegant and well-integrated Chardonnay with all the attractive features; well-balanced, soft acidity and creamy lemon-curd entwined with chalky mineral and charming flintiness and spices. Match with grilled calamari and barbeque whitefish over the next 3-5 years. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed, wild-fermented to 13% alc. Aged in a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels, a new French cuve and a concrete egg tank for 11 months. Regular battonage, full MLF. Unfiltered. 18.5/20pts June 2020 RRP $36
Two Rivers Tributary Pinot Noir 2018, MarlboroughPinot Noir from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 11-Jun-2020Bright, light ruby-red with some depth, youthful colour. The nose is perfumed and delicate; aromas of sweet herbs of dill, thyme, red liquorice smooth along with redcurrants, blueberries entwined with black pepper and subtle smokey black tea and cedar fragrant. Medium-bodied, redcurrants, red cherries and blueberries formed a core with sweet herbs and floral fragrances, melded with subtle spices and cedar. Lacy acidity lifted the floral and herbs elements; delicately extracted tannin leaves a fine-silk structure line. It's smooth and gentle, flows with good energy, lifted delicate spices carried the wine to a sustained finish. This is a perfumed Pinot Noir with red fruit, sweet herbs and florals; along with spices and cedar detail on a smooth and silky palate. Match with gamefowl and pork over the next 3-5 years. Fruit from Brookby Hill Vineyard in the Southern Valleys. Handpicked, 30% whole bunch, 50% wild-fermentation, fermented to 13% alc. Aged in French oak barrels, 25% new for 11 months. Unfine unfiltered. 18+/20pts June 2020 RRP $36