JB Wine Reviews 2020


Reviews of Wines Tasted During 2020

Here is a list of all the wines I tasted and reviewed in 2020 – feel free to browse and if there are any you’d like to try, just click the link for each wine to visit the producer’s website. Wines listed in order of tasting with the latest at the top – Cheers, JB

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Moana Park Estate ‘Growers Collection’ Syrah 2019 Hawke’s Bay NZ.
Deep purple to black-cherry in colour, medium bodied. Fragrant nose of blackberry & raspberry fruit, black pepper & sweet spice aromas. On the palate there are ripe dark summer berry fruit flavours, a savoury peppery note, with wonderful depth, texture & flavours. Silky tannins, fine oak & medium acidity all in balance. Excellent value HB / GG Syrah – Lengthy dry elegant finish. Smokey marinated baby-back pork ribs for dinner – Perfect. RRP:$25.00
https://moanaparkcellar.co.nz/

Moana Park Estate Albarino 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ.
Shiny & bright pale lemon gold in colour, medium bodied. Gorgeous nose brimming with aromas of ripe stone-fruit, citrus & a hint of pepper. A full flavoured palate with layers of peaches, nectarine, lemons & a savoury salty mineral note, crisp limey acidity & nice oak influence from 100% barrel ferment – a delicious richly textured wine with a long juicy finish. A very special treat. RRP:$45.00
https://moanaparkcellar.co.nz/

Giesen ‘Uncharted’ Pinot Noir 2019, Marlborough NZ
Bright ruby red in colour, paler at the rim, medium bodied. Fresh nose of ripe cherry, a little savoury green stalk, some subtle oak & spice notes to finish. Very smooth integrated palate with plum & cherry fruit flavours, a little savoury oak influence, fine tannins & soft acidity all finishing in balance. A gorgeous Pinot Noir and at RRP: $30 is an absolute steal.
https://giesen.co.nz/

Giesen ‘Uncharted’ Chardonnay 2020, Marlborough NZ
Light bright lemon gold in colour medium bodied. In the nose there’s ripe stone-fruit & lemon citrus aromas with nutty oak & a whiff of gun-smoke. The palate is full flavoured with lots of nectarine, grapefruit & lemon flavours, a slightly tart acidity balanced with creamy, buttery texture & mouthfeel – perfect oak influence from time in barrel & fuder both new & old. Wonderful Chardonnay – The ABC crowd don’t know what they are missing! RRP:$30.00
https://giesen.co.nz/

Giesen ‘Uncharted’ Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Awatere Marlborough, NZ
Pale straw-gold in colour with a delightfully fresh nose of tropical pineapple, lime citrus & savoury green stalk – herbal notes. Intense grapefruit & lime citrus flavours on the palate, with a zesty acidity, nicely textured / balanced with lovely complexity & weight from time on lees and in barrel. A great example of Awatere Valley Sauvignon. RRP:$20.00
https://giesen.co.nz/

Koparepare Pinot Noir 2018, Marlborough NZ
Bright & shiny cherry-red to crimson coloured, medium bodied wine. Lovely fragrant nose of red summer berries, cherries & some softer savoury herb & subtle spiced oak notes in the background. Full flavoured palate with spiced red berry & cherry fruits, silky tannins & fine oak add to the texture. Long dry finish – beautifully balanced & very tasty indeed. Excellent value. RRP: $24.00
$1.00 from every bottle sold is donated to LegaSea NZ
https://whitehaven.co.nz/pages/koparepare

Koparepare Pinot Noir Rosé 2020, Marlborough NZ
Crystal-clear soft salmon-pink in colour, lighter bodied wine. The nose is filled with ripe raspberry & sweet strawberry aromas, fragrant & delicate – the palate presents more raspberry, strawberry & cream with a little stone-fruit, and medium acidity all in balance. Lovely flavours, nicely textured, crisp dry finish – this is a perfect summer tipple, shared with friends on the deck at dusk. RRP: $19.00 $1.00 from every bottle sold is donated to LegaSea.
https://whitehaven.co.nz/pages/koparepare

Koparepare Chardonnay 2018, Marlborough NZ
Bright pale lemon gold in colour, light viscosity, medium bodied. The nose is of ripe peaches & citrus with a hint of butterscotch & subtle toasty oak. More stone-fruit flavours, lemon-lime citrus acidity on the palate, textured, creamy & lush – dry very moreish finish – Classy Chardonnay! $1.00 from every bottle sold is donated to LegaSea. RRP: $19.00
https://whitehaven.co.nz/pages/koparepare

Koparepare Pinot Gris 2020 Marlborough NZ
Shiny pale straw coloured wine with medium viscosity. The nose is full & fragrant with floral notes, spiced pear & stone-fruit aromas. The palate is textured with a nice pear skin grip, medium acidity & juicy stone fruit flavours, along with some confectionery & nutty elements ends in a lovely long finish! $1.00 from every bottle sold is donated to LegaSea. RRP:$19.00
https://whitehaven.co.nz/pages/koparepare

Koparepare Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Marlborough NZ
Crystal clear wine with the faintest green / gold tinge. The nose is bursting with passion-fruit, lime citrus aromas & a whiff of cut grass / green herb. The palate is packed with ripe citrus & tropical fruit flavours, lovely crunchy limey acidity, and a very long dry finish. Vegan Friendly & $1.00 from every bottle sold is donated to LegaSea. RRP:$19.00
https://whitehaven.co.nz/pages/koparepare

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