Ka Tahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

Raymond Chan:  16.5+/20
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, pale on rim. The nose is light with fresh, clean and pure aromas of gooseberries, cut grass and nettles, the fruit in the cooler spectrum showing stalky nuances, but also lifted by white florals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, light but penetrating flavours of gooseberries, nettles and cut grass show with sweetness and some juiciness. This has good depth and density, the wine flowing smoothly. The mouthfeel is zest and lively with acid bite, the acidity carrying the flavours to an elegant, lingering finish. This is an elegant, succulent and bracing Sauvignon Blanc with cool-spectrum grassy, nettle and gooseberry flavours and some stalky elements. Serve with seafood, salads and Pacific Rim fare over the next 18 months to 2 years. Fruit from the Awatere and Wairau Valleys, fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc.

Sam Kim – Wine Orbit:  87/100, 4 stars
Zesty and lively, this attractive sauvignon is beautifully fruited showing grapefruit, feijoa, lemon peel and herbaceous aromas. The palate is intense and punchy with racy acidity, finishing long and crisp. The wine displays classic flavours and is immediately appealing. At its best: now to 2017.

Ka Tahi Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2014

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Raymond Chan:  16.5+/20
Hawke’s Bay fruit fermented in stainless-steel to 13.1% alc. and approx. 4 g/L RS, the wine aged 3 months on lees. Brilliant straw-yellow colour with gold-green hues and some depth. This has a fresh and voluminous, aromatic nose with pear and yellow stonefruits, exotic florals, suggestions of honeysuckle and lifted yeast esters. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, light flavours of stonefruits are lifted with delicate floral nuances, and show with a little richness and sweetness. The palate has good vinosity and presence lending a rounded mouthfeel, and the acidity is fresh and balanced, providing good energy, carrying the fruit to a light, gentle finish. This is a soft, rounded, dryish Pinot Gris with good aromatics and restrained fruit flavours. Match with mild Asian fare over the next 2+ years.

Sam Kim – Wine Orbit: 83/100, 3.5 stars
It is gently fragrant on the nose displaying pear, citrus and floral notes, followed by a nicely rounded palate that shows appealing fruit flavours and smooth texture. Refreshing and friendly. At its best: now to 2017.

Ka Tahi Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013

Raymond Chan:  17/20
Bright, pale straw colour with green hues, very pale edged. The bouquet is elegantly proportion with intense, steely and refreshing aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, along with citrus elements melded with layers of lemon-curd MLF, with nutty oak detail. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, up-front and bold flavours of stonefruit and lemon-curd are harmoniously melded, forming a dense and softly textured core. Butterscotch and creamy MLF flavours unfold to fill the palate, and the wine flows with good line and drive to a crisp finish with some phenolic firmness. This is a soft, full and rounded Chardonnay with stonefruit and buttery, lemon-curd MLF flavours. Serve with poultry and pork over the next 2-3+ years. Hawke’s Bay fruit fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc., the wine given limited oak contact.

Sam Kim – Wine Orbit: 90/100, 4.5 stars

A generous, flavoursome chardonnay, the bouquet shows ripe nectarine, rockmelon, cedar and vanilla characters, which lead to a succulent palate that offers elegant fruit flavours and creamy texture. A very appealing style, the wine shows layers of tasty flavours and finishes long and smooth. At its best: now to 2018.

Ka Tahi Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Malbec 2013

Raymond Chan:  17.5/20

A blend of 95% Merlot from Te Awanga and 5% Malbec from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine aged in new and seasoned oak. Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is full with well-packed and densely concentrated aromas of ripe blackberries, boysenberries, black plums and liquorice, along with nuances of spicy oak melded with earth and iron Malbec fruit elements. Full-bodied, the palate is broad and fulsome with flavours of ripe black plums, liquorice and black berried fruit, along with nuances of iron, earth and spicy oak. The fruit is encased by grainy tannin textures and the mouthfeel is based on structure and grip. The extraction carries the flavours to a robust, dry finish. This is a fulsome and robustly structured Merlot-based wine with ripe black fruit and spicy flavours. Match with casseroles and low-cooked game meat dishes over the next 5-6+ years.

Sam Kim – Wine Orbit: 87/100, 4 stars

Youthful and fragrant, the inviting bouquet shows black/blue berry, plum, floral and dried herb characters with a hint of cedar complexity. The medium-full-bodied palate is succulent and flavoursome, offers bright fruit flavours and silky texture, backed by plenty of fine, chalky tannins. At its best: now to 2018.