'95 Terraces


Spicy meatballs in tomato/onion sauce, potato mash and green beans.
1995 Esk Valley Terraces. Hawkes Bay; Merlot, Malbec, Cab Franc 13.5% Cork closure. Dark black, darker with time in decanter, nondescript nose, palate: prune, leather, coffee, fully integrated components but fraction more acidity needed. hint of cane sugar (flavour - not sweetness ) in aftertaste suggests chaptalised?
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greybeard
> > Spicy meatballs in tomato/onion sauce, potato mash and green beans. > > 1995 Esk Valley Terraces. Hawkes Bay; Merlot, Malbec, Cab Franc 13.5% > Cork closure. > Dark black, darker with time in decanter, nondescript nose, palate: > prune, leather, coffee, fully integrated components but fraction more > acidity needed. hint of cane sugar (flavour - not sweetness ) in > aftertaste suggests chaptalised?
When St H, Ian Hoare and I visited there in '01, a barrel sample of the Malbec prior to blending was a revelation. It sounds like your wine has aged fairly well, but I don't know what to make of the cane sugar. I suppose they could Chaptalize, but is it really done much in NZ?
Mark Lipton
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>> >> Spicy meatballs in tomato/onion sauce, potato mash and green beans. >> >> 1995 Esk Valley Terraces. Hawkes Bay; Merlot, Malbec, Cab Franc 13.5% >> Cork closure. >> Dark black, darker with time in decanter, nondescript nose, palate: >> prune, leather, coffee, fully integrated components but fraction more >> acidity needed. hint of cane sugar (flavour - not sweetness ) in >> aftertaste suggests chaptalised? > > When St H, Ian Hoare and I visited there in '01, a barrel sample of the > Malbec prior to blending was a revelation. It sounds like your wine has > aged fairly well, but I don't know what to make of the cane sugar. I > suppose they could Chaptalize, but is it really done much in NZ? > > Mark Lipton >
NZ wine making has almost no rules. Chaptalise to get to 13%, no problem. Acidity adjustment? Certainly. I think the industry is improving its practices, largely due to better grape production and produce. Keith Stewart, a local wine writer, produced a rather damning book on the past practices in NZ in 2009. He says things are better now, but, industrial production has its needs.
Chancers and Visionaries; a history of wine in NZ. Keith Stewart ISBN 978 1 86962 0707 Unlikely to be in your local library, but worth a read if you find it. My copy came off the remainder table :-)
PS you reminded me that St H gave me a ticking off for posting, about a decade ago, a TN for 1998 Terraces, "local, small production wine unlikely to be available to afw readers" he said. Bit like Henri Jayer or DRC red burg. Not that the comparisons are in any way valid.
PPS that malbec sample probably from the 2000 vintage. Just checked cellar book, 2 bottles of 2000 left. That '95 was my last bottle for that vintage.
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