Boston Wine Expo '99
Australia and New Zealand

Brancott Merlot Reserve '96--An unpleasant rancid butter aroma spoils an otherwise very nice wine, with some good spicy oak aromas, vanilla and plum flavors, and a good tannic structure. Was this a bad bottle?
C ???

Brancott Sauvignon Blanc Reserve Marlborough '97--Candied asparagus on the nose, along with a bit of citrus. Candied citrus and some asparagus in the mouth, and a short finish.
B-

Coopers Creek Merlot Hawkes Bay '98--Plum and spicy oak on the nose. A bit of spritz, with sweet plum flavors, and a decent finish.
B

Coopers Creek Pinot Noir Hawkes Bay '98--Oak on the nose. Oak in the mouth. Oak on the finish. So where's the fruit?
B-

Coopers Creek Riesling Hawkes Bay '98--The aromas of peach fit the variety, but the peppery smell speaks more of New Zealand. Prickles the tongue, and the peach flavors are fairly generous both in the mid-palate and on the finish. Interesting, and not your typical Riesling.
B+

Coopers Creek Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough '97--Green pepper and citrus on the nose, with enough grassy and grapefruit flavors in the mouth to keep it interesting. A long citrus finish completes the experience.
B

Elistree (Highfield) Rhine Riesling Marlborough '98--Elistree is the reserve line for Highfield. Leesy nose, with a touch of citrus. Peach and more yeasty flavors on the palate. A wine with some finesse. Seems a bit tight at the moment, and could use a little bottle age.
B+

Elistree (Highfield) Sauvignon Blanc '98--Definite yeasty aromas, along with toasty oak. Slightly waxy mouthfeel, with good varietal flavors, but don't expect lots of grass or cats pee, as this one veers more toward the citrus. Decent length on the finish.
B+

Highfield Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough '98--Some peachy flavors, and some peach/citrus on the nose. An ok wine, but nothing outstanding about it.
B

Huia Gewurztraminer Marlborough '98--Amazingly reticent nose for a Gewurztraminer, just a little simple peach. Better in the mouth though, with the emergence of some floral character, along with peaches and a mineral element. Medium length finish. Would be a higher mark, but I just can't get over the lack of nose; to me, the smell is half the fun of the variety.
B

Huia Riesling Marlborough '98--Semi-sweet style, more reminiscent of Germany than Alsace. Modest apple and peach flavors, but no nose, and a short, simple finish.
B-

Huia Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough '98--Shy nose belies the definite personality in the mouth. A bit of prickle on the tongue leads into peach and grapefruit flavors. The finish is quite long and elegant.
B+

Brian McGuigan's Personal Reserve Tawny Australia NV--Smooth raisin and rancio flavors and aromas. Finishes medium-long with more raisins. A bit simple, but good.
B

Rosemount Shiraz (Diamond Label) '97--Not their best effort, but still not a bad value wine. The nose was very shy, but the lush plum and black cherry flavors almost made up for it. Little tannin. Seemed a bit simple and straightforward, but a good everyday wine.
B

Rosemount Syrah Balmoral Mc Laren Vale '96--Complex nose, with elements of toast, oak, plum, leather and dust. The oak is quite pronounced on the palate, along with generous plum flavors. The plum continues to the finish, along with cherry, spice and vanilla flavors. I wasn't quite as enthused by this as some other people, but if you like tons of oak, you'll like this better than I did.
B+

Te Kairanga Chardonnay Martinborough '97--Here's one for all you fans of oaky Chardonnays. Plenty of vanilla, spice and butter here. Fruit? What's fruit?
B

Te Kairanga Pinot Noir Martinborough '97--Mossy earth and dark plum nose is quite inviting, and leads you into a rich plum, black cherry and earth experience. A nice long finish that includes a bracing hit of acidity finishes the journey.
B+

Te Kairanga Pinot Noir Reserve Martinborough '96--More oak in this than the regular bottling, with smooth plum aromas and flavors, leading to a sour cherry, plum and spice finish.
B+

Te Kairanga Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough'98--Light-toast and yeasty aromas and flavors, along with peaches and just a touch of grass. Seems very ripe and full in the mouth. A very nice Sauvignon Blanc, for those who don't need them to be too herbal.
B+


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