Event! New Zealand Wine Tasting at Wine Watch Wine Bar Wednesday September 13

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“his lips drink water

but his heart drinks wine”


E.E. Cummings


 


This week’s schedule has been condensed because of Irma but don’t let that make you stay in your home sequestered waiting for the inevitable.  Come out and drink with us at the Wine Bar and stock up on supplies as if the Wine Bar is open so is the Wine Watch!  We will be here for our Wine Drinking People through the weekend as weather permits but we will be open Thursday and Friday night with a special menu for Saturday night and as the storm gets closer the bottles get better!!  We have the back-up generator ready gassed up and will turn the Wine Bar into a hurricane shelter if necessary on Saturday night!! 



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But we are hoping for the best as they say the “the show must go on” so we are planning on being open next week and we have our first annual New Zealand wine tasting.  Every year we try to take the family someplace new in the wine world and last summer was New Zealand.  I have included some notes and pictures from our trip at the end of this e-mail.



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New Zealand has taken the wine world by storm with their redefining style of the Sauvignon Blanc grape.  They make a fresh and fruity week that is so appealing you can drink it like soda pop at the pool in the afternoon.  But besides this fun and whimsical wine they also have some great Pinot Noir as well as a few areas that can produce world class Syrah and Bordeaux varietals.


This is a walk around tasting and is limited to 35 tasters.  The fee for this event is $45 + tax for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.


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New Zealand Wine Tasting at WWWB
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
7:30 PM


Republic National


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2016 Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc Te Muna Road Vineyard

Price: $21.75    Your Price: $18.49


(92 Points) This detailed white shows fresh fennel and celery leaf accents to the core of mandarin orange, papaya and lime flavors. Silky and very juicy, with plenty of elegance on the finish. Wine Spectator


2012 Craggy Range Chardonnay Kidnappers Vineyard Hawkes Bay

Price: $21.50       Sale $18.92          Case $220


A bit of new oak here but mostly stainless, bright lemon drop candy with a touch of that steely Chablis like character, notes of vanilla bean spice, some toasty, flinty mineral notes. Nice richness on the tongue with candied meyer lemon citrus and a nice firm hand of acidity, lightly toasted oak spice and a long refreshing finish. Finish 40+ Excellent +


2010 Craggy Range Syrah Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay

Price: $25.00       Sale $22.00          Case $255


Plum jam and violet with sweet herbs, mocha a bit of smoke.  A very soft and fruity style with lots of dark cherry liqueur fruit a nice freshness and a nice freshness to the finish.  Finish 45+  excellent


2011 Craggy Range Le Sol Hawks Bay

Price: $97.50    Sale Price: $69.00

Quantity in Stock: 33


The soils are the important thing here and this old vine Syrah is incredibly rich with an array of dark plum, black cherry liqueur like fruit, dark spices, bittersweet coco, fresh plowed dark earth and some game like animal notes, violet floral notes, a little monster. Wow this wine is incredibly rich and decadent on the tongue with a solid core of ripe black plum and dark cherry liqueur like fruit, an array of dark spices, earth and espresso and bitter coco at the end, long layered finish, but but lovely balance and freshness. Finish 50+ Most Excellent +


2013 Craggy Range Sophia Red Blend Hawks Bay

Price: $90.00    Sale Price: $69.00


(93 points) Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Sophia Proprietary Red is intensely scented of crushed blackberries and blackcurrants with hints of cloves, cedar and violets plus a touch of pencil shavings. Medium-bodied and laden with muscular fruit, it has a solid backbone of grainy tannins and tons of vivacity in the long, multi-layered finish. 93+ (LPB) (12/2015)  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


2015 Black Cottage Pinot Noir Marlborough

Price: $20.00       Sale $17.60          Case $204


Charred marshmallow, mulberry, perfumed florals and dark cherry aromas abound the nose. The palate has earthy, forest floor notes, touches of smoke and spice and a juicy finish


2016 Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

Price: $15.75       Sale $13.86          Case $161


This Sauvignon Blanc has a pungent nose full of guava, white currant, wet stone, Kaffir lime leaf and gooseberry. The lively palate shows mouthwatering acidity and is packed full of grapefruit pith, honey dew melon and a touch of crushed herbs.


2012 Geisen Riesling Marlborough

Price: $14.25       Sale $12.54          Case $146


Purity of aroma typifies Giesen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012 with notes of lemon and lime zest, jasmine, ginger and ‘petrichor', which means the aroma of rain on dry earth. The palate has a succulent sweetness and intensity, reminiscent of lemon curd combined with the vibrant flavors of mandarin. Lovely and dry, the mineral acidity provides a structural backbone and length to the palate.


 


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2016 Jules Taylor Pinot Gris Marlborough           

Price: $18.75       Sale $16.50          Case $192


For Jules it’s a grape where you can use different techniques and methods each year, evolving the techniques and trying something a little different. The pleasure is in the not knowing what each vintage is going to bring.

This is a lovely textural Pinot Gris with lucious pear and stonefruit flavours, layered over subtle creamy and nutty characters derived from the partial wild fermentation and yeast lees ageing. The secondary characters impart a richness and complexity that carries through to a lingering dry finish.


2016 Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough              

Price: $18.75       Sale $16.50          Case $192


This stunningly juicy drop captures the essence of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The palate embraces concentrated flavours of citrus and passionfruit and carries subtle hints of fresh summer herbs with lemongrass. These flavours linger giving a long well-rounded finish to the wine.


2016 Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc OTQ Marlborough    

Price: $24.75       Sale $21.78          Case $253


Sometimes you get very special grapes which make very special wines. And sometimes, just sometimes, you don’t tell anybody that you’ve got these special grapes and that you’re going to make a very special wine.

This wine was made on the quiet by Jules, hence the name. She had spotted pockets of fruit in certain vineyards that showed great promise. Combining this with her desire to try something a little different, to challenge the conventional winemaking interpretations of Marlborough’s signature varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir she hid her project in the back of the barrel hall. After quiet months maturing in French oak barrels a very special wine has emerged, as did, after a certain amount of wrestling to the ground, Jules' secret.

We've sealed them in beautiful bespoke bottles decorated with artwork inspired by the flora and fauna found in vineyards around Marlborough to please both the eye and the palate.


These are wines born of an indulgence - but we all need our indulgences.


2015 Jules Taylor Chardonnay Marlborough       

Price: $19.50       Sale $17.16          Case $199


The fashion for chardonnay used to be the big, buttery, oaky wine. Do we care for fashion? Pah! This is a wine that is fresh and has great fruit flavours that expresses the vineyard without the winemaker’s boots stamping all over it.

This fragrant chardonnay exhibits stonefruit and butterscotch aromas layered over spicy notes with a hint of smoky oak. The partial wild and malolactic fermentations along with the extended lees maturation in barrel have added complexity and texture to the wine. The palate is smooth and round with lovely balance of minerality and well refined acid.


2014 Jules Taylor Gruner Marlborough 

Price: $18.75       Sale $16.50          Case $192


The best way to describe Grüner Veltliner is that it’s a cool climate wine somewhere between an aromatic white and a chardonnay. One of the reasons that we’re making it is to stretch our wings, to see if there is life after Sauvignon Blanc. The initial results suggest that there might be.

This wine is Marlborough's unique expression of the old world classic. Light yellow in colour, it's delicately perfumed with green apple, white fleshed nectarine, orange blossom notes and hints of spice. The palate is soft & elegant with flavours of stonefruit and just the right amount of peppery spice.

The fruit for this wine was hand harvested from one small vineyard in Marlborough, then whipped in to the winery, lightly pressed and cold settled over 48 hours to remove any solids before fermenting with selected yeast strains. The fermentation was kept cool and long to retain the vibrant aromatics. Afterwards I have gently clarified, stabilised and bottled the wine with a screw cap closure to retain freshness.


2015 Jules Taylor OTQ Pinot Marlborough           

Price: $32.50       Sale $28.60          Case $332


Sometimes you get very special grapes which make very special wines. And sometimes, just sometimes, you don’t tell anybody that you’ve got these special grapes and that you’re going to make a very special wine.

This wine was made on the quiet by Jules, hence the name. She had spotted pockets of fruit in certain vineyards that showed great promise. Combining this with her desire to try something a little different, to challenge the conventional winemaking interpretations of Marlborough’s signature varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir she hid her project in the back of the barrel hall. After quiet months maturing in French oak barrels a very special wine has emerged, as did, after a certain amount of wrestling to the ground, Jules' secret.

We've sealed them in beautiful bespoke bottles decorated with artwork inspired by the flora and fauna found in vineyards around Marlborough to please both the eye and the palate.


2016 Jules Taylor Pinot Noir Marlborough

Price: $24.00       Sale $21.12          Case $245


This Pinot Noir is very generous on the nose, showing vibrant aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and plum combined with spicy oak notes. It has an impressive concentration of flavor and a nice acid backbone. The finish is dry with a nice touch of dark chocolate and subtle French oak coming through.


2015 Jules Taylor Late Harvest Marlborough (375ml)     

Price: $18.75       Sale $16.50          Case $192


Delicate aromas of ripe stone fruits, honeysuckle and spiced orange. The palate is decadently sweet with concentrated flavours of mandarin, ripe nectarine and honey with hints of cloves. A soft line of acidity from its Sauvignon Blanc heritage cuts through the sweetness to balance the rich flavours to perfection. Luscious!


 


Southern Glaziers


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2016 Seven Terraces Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough       

Price: $15.75       Sale $13.86          Case $161


Ripe tropical fruit here on the nose passionfruit mango and zesty pink grapefruit accompanied by notes of briny mineral highlights and a touch of green peppercorn spice.  Bright and zesty on the tongue with ripe tropical fruit a tongue tingly minerality with that pink peppercorn spice notes at the end.  Finish 35+                Very Good +     


2015 Seven Terraces Pinot Noir Canterbury        

Price: $18.75       Sale $16.50          Case $192


Light red berry fruit smoky notes and incense like spice on the nose, a touch of a vegetal note.  Bright and zesty on the tongue with light red berry fruit and that vegetal note here but not off-putting hints of spice at the end.  Finish 35+                Very Good         


Oyster Bay Chardonnay Marlborough

Price: $13.75       Sale $12.10          Case $141


Oyster Bay Marlborough Chardonnay truly captures the character of Marlborough with pure, incisive, ripe fruit flavors. A combination of barrel and tank fermentation and the stirring of yeast lees achieves maximum softness, integration and texture. To retain all the natural assertiveness and flavor, no malolactic fermentation takes place. Clonal influences in the vineyard have been very important, providing smaller berries and enhanced flavor intensity.


The result of all of this is delicious Oyster Bay MarlboroughChardonnay with concentrated aromas and flavors of ripe citrus and stonefruit, balanced with subtle oak, and a creamy texture to finish. A sublime expression of fruit purity from Marlborough's unique cool climate and soils.


Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

Price: $13.75       Sale $12.10          Case $141


The wine that started it all. The first Oyster Bay. Which happened to win the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. Its brilliant clarity, extraordinary aromatic flavours and refreshing zest are both thrilling and enthralling. Flavours that are uniquely Marlborough, and undeniably Oyster Bay.


Oyster Bay Pinot Noir

Price: $15.75       Sale $13.86          Case $161


Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir is elegant cool climate Pinot Noir at its best. Alluring fragrant cherry with juicy black plum and a seductive silky texture.


2016 Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

Price: $14.75       Sale $12.98          Case $151


This Sauvignon Blanc style is bright, forward and direct. Vivaciously crisp, it showcases gooseberry, citrus and fresh tropical fruit flavours that linger through the finish.


2014 Dashwood Pinot Noir Marlborough

Price: $15.75       Sale $13.86          Case $161


Dashwood Pinot Noir is bold, fresh, direct, elegant and balanced. It delivers dark cherry, plum and blackberry fruit notes and soft, well-integrated tannins.


2014 Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc Estate

Price: $18.75       Sale $16.50          Case $192


This Sauvignon Blanc shows the influence of their unique climate and complex soils. The aromas and flavors are packed with grapefruit, passionfruit and melon. The palate is crisp, bold, well balanced and refreshing.



Menu


Crispy Salmon & Chive Wontons served with sweet soy syrup
Roasted Kumara –Jumbo Roasted Sweet Potato Croutons with Balsamic Glaze
Curried Carrot & Turnip Soup Shots with Coriander Scented Toast Crisps
Sunday Meat Pie Filled Phyllo Cups with Melted Sharp Cheddar
Roasted Pork Belly Bites with Chili-Coconut Dipping Sauce
Pavlova-Strawberry Preserve & Cream filled Thumb Cookies


 


Notes on our recent Trip to New Zealand:



Every summer I take the family somewhere new in the world and I try to combine business with pleasure.  Being that my business is quite pleasurable it is not a hard task to accomplish in the Wine business because anywhere that produces excellent wines also makes for an interesting vacation…even for the kids at the age of 12.  I only heard “not another winery” a few times on this trip and the kids are now at an age where we can just leave them at the hotel if they don’t want to play winery games.



Last year New Zealand was our destination, I have been making my way to all the summer destinations that offers top level snowboard accommodations and this is the last stop in the southern hemisphere for us as we have been to both Chile and Argentina already.  There may be other places in the Southern Hemisphere that have mountains and snow but none that are worth going to after you have been to these three. 



Both Islands offer Ski fields and we decided to settle on the South Island because it is a bit more consistent and of course being further south a bit colder so more snow.  We lucked out again this year and timed our trip just right as it showed just before we arrived and we got a bit of snow every night we were in Wanaka.  A big thank you to Ben from Auntsfield for suggesting that we take a flight from Auckland to Christchurch and rent a car from there to drive down to Wanaka to the resort where we spent a week in ski country or I mean wine country.  We originally planned to rent a car in Auckland and drive all the way down which would have taken two days.



New Zealand was the last major land mass to be colonized and because of this the road system here is sparse at best with only 4 million inhabitants in total for both Islands and over ¼ of them reside in or around Auckland.  Ben saved us a day the flight from Auckland to Christchurch is only an hour and the drive there would have been 9 hours to reach Wellington, 4 hours on the ferry to the South Island and then another 10 hours to Wanaka!  So, after traveling 24+ hours to get to New Zealand we would be traveling another straight 24 hours to get to the first bed!!




Actually, most people that do a lot of traveling in this country take commuter flights not only is it quicker but the roads are the most dangerous thing in this country.  They have very few dangerous animals or insects here unlike their closest neighbor Australia where they have some of the deadliest creatures on earth almost nothing in New Zealand that can hurt you, but the roads.  They have this thing called black here but ice which in the winter months occurs on the roads in the mountains and in places where the temperature reaches below zero and they have rain or snow.



The south contains the country’s most famous wine region Marlborough and one of the most up and coming regions for Pinot Noir Central Otago.  Since we were only about 30 minutes from Otago I had to see a few wineries here and just happened upon one of the top sparkling wine producers in Quartz reef as my host at Burn Cottage recommended them and the tasting room was only 1 minute away and although I always bring bubbles with me the lure of tasting the local stuff that doesn’t make it to the US is why I made the journey.






New Zealand’s wine industry goes back to the first European settlers almost 200 years ago but they like the US had a temperance movement in the early part of the last century and only one winery survived this the famous Mission Winery and you can guess what they claimed to stay in business for during that period of time.  When wineries started to appear again in the 1940’s and 1950’s most of the wines where fortified wines and they were not very high quality, it was not until the 1980’s that they discovered this white varietal named Sauvignon Blanc and not until the 1990’s that the Pinot Noir varietal started to appear on the scene so the fine wine business is one of the newest in the world with just over 30 years of experience for the oldest producers, actually a bit more for Kumeu River but not much as they produced Merlot, Cabernet and sweet sparkling wine under the San Martino label before finding their niche with Chardonnay. 




 

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