Barrel fermentation and ageing on lees has produced this full bodied, tightly structured wine which displays sweet mango, nectarine and passionfruit aromas on the nose with stone fruit, quince and citrus characters on the palate. Smokey oak and barrel ferment characters contribute to a weighty Chardonnay. Aging potential 3 - 5 years. This wine will complement fish, chicken and pork dishes.
Aroma: Savoury ripe plum and cherry, with a hint of game and smoky oak. Palate: Full to medium bodied wine with round, mouthfilling flavours of plum, cherry, pleasing weight with good acidity. Oak integrates nicely with the fruit, and helps with the silky tannin structure. Suggested Foods: Farm raised venison, tender rare lamb, mild game, duck and oily fsh such as tuna and salmon.
On the nose it’s alive with Lemon grass, lime peel and elderflower, with background notes of white currant and red pepper. The palate is already generous with currant, gooseberry and citrus flavours, and a dry mineral finish.
Citrus blossom, nectarine and almond/brioche notes, best describe the bouquet at this early stage of development. The promise of longevity comes from sheer palate weight, the firm back bone and a sleek, salivating, flinty minerality. Fully barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts.
One of the greatest of all New Zealand wines .The grapes are drawn from numerous sites, including the estate vineyard, planted in 1980, and the vines, ranging up to 29 years old. The 2009 was voted NZ's Top NZ Pint in the Good Australian Wine Guide and a 92/100 from Parkers Wine Advocate. Just released the 2010 is looking superb "Dark cherry melds with bright, lifted red fruit aromas and hints of spice in this exotic 2010 Pinot Noir. Floral notes are present too; old-fashioned violets and a touch of rose. This vibrant pinot has a sinuous, savoury spine of tannin that spreads out to a long, silky finish. Significant vine age, especially from the 30 year-old blocks, expresses itself in depth, breadth and complexity of character; a distinctive ‘sense of place’ so evident in Ata Rangi Pinot Noir. Vine age also contributes markedly to the consistency of quality year after year."
Made from a blend of the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, Brut Majeur is the epitome of a non-vintage brut from a great, historic House. Extended ageing in our cellars and a low dosage make this wine suitable for any occasion; it is the finest ambassador for the House’s freshness and elegance. ABV: 12%
Rosé Majeur is the perfect embodiment of the originality and finesse of the House’s wines. Made predominantly from Chardonnay it is crafted with the addition of a small proportion of Pinot Noir from the best crus of the Montagne de Reims. A low dosage enables it to express the House style, both feminine and generous, with great elegance. ABV:12%
The Banrock Station Cabernet Merlot displays rich ripe blackcurrant and plum nuances with hints of red cherry and red fruit lift. The lively fruit notes are supported by a very subtle oak influence. This is a medium bodied red wine that exhibits a great balance of ripe fruit character, sweetness and complexity. The blackcurrant, cherry palate is supported by the sweetness of the oak. Coupled with the delicacy of the fruit and oak is an enjoyable acid structure allowing the wine to finish smoothly with lingering flavour.
Food pairings: Enjoy served with rich, creamy pasta dishes, roast chicken with lemon or blue cheese with a quince paste.
The Banrock Station Chardonnay exhibits intense fruit aromas of citrus and peach with hints of tropical notes, spicy vanilla bean and sweet oak. The palate displays fresh and juicy fruit salad flavours of peach, melon and honeydew, with a light oak influence. This wine has a soft and creamy full bodied texture, balanced acid and excellent length. Try this wine with seafood and chicken.
The Banrock Station Crimson Cabernet displays bright raspberry, strawberry and cream, with some refreshing lifted floral notes. On the palate, bright red berries are coupled with mouth filling creaminess. A silky smooth tannin structure is complemented by full fruit flavours and a refreshing spritz kick to finish. Food pairings: Enjoy this wine with a summer BBQ, pre dinner nibbles, cheese platter, seafood, Vietnamese rolls and fresh fruit platters.
Tasting Note: Luscious & lighter in alcohol (6.5% ABV), this lightly sparkling wine is soft, fresh and sweet, exhibiting lifted floral and exotic fruit characteristics, finishing with a bright natural acidity, and a refreshing natural effervescence.
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