Catchup collection.

Lazy with posting, here is the catch up...........
2005 Craggy Range 'Sophia' Gimbett Gravels, Hawkes Bay. 14%
Merlot, Cab Franc. Cork stopper.
Fruit scalped, slight hint of high toned violets on nose and palate.
Left in decanter for 2 hours, leathery plum, unattractive grainy tannins.
Brett or low level TCA. Unexpected, previous bottles all good.
Backup bottle;
2000 Te Mata 'Coleraine' Hawkes Bay. 13%
Cabernet, Merlot. Cork closure.
Dark red, plum, black currant, nutty, some secondary development.
Chicken tenderloins in taragon, parmessan and cream sauce over cous
cous, wilted greens.
2008 Ta Whau 'The Point' Waiheke Island. 14% Cork closed.
Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec.
Bright deep red, showing no age. Nose floral, strong violets.
Palate very primary, no hint of age. Blackcurrant, violets as if all Cab
Franc,slightly piercing acidity. Seems in very dumb phase, Merlot etc
not speaking.
Roast lamb, potato, kumara (sweet potato), broccoli
2008 Leoville Barton, Saint Julien. 13% Cork.
Usual excellent nose, medium red. Blackcurrent, plum, earth. Steady
rather than top showing.
Roast beef, potato, squash, kumara, broccolli.
2003 Stonyridge "Larose", Waiheke Island 13% Cork closure.
Dark red~black, modest nose. Primary flavours, blackberry, blackcurrant,
Crumbed chicken breasts stuffed with brie and tarragon, roast potato
kumara, pumpkin, wilted greens.
2016 Mommessin Grandes Misses Beaujolais-Villages. Quince France. 13% Cork.
Mid cherry red. Classic bubblegum, cherry, strawberry nose.
Palate cherry, strawberry, cranberry. Delightful fun drinking.
T-bone steak, panfried potato, broccolli, mushrooms drowning in butter.
2004 Stonyridge 'Larose' Waiheke Island. 13.5% Cork closed.
Black-red, no age. Strong cabernet nose.
Blackberry, blackcurrent, black olive. Fresh, primary.
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Thanks for notes. I keep seeing references to Waiheke Island wines, but they don't seem to be readily imported here.
Thanks for notes on the Leo-Barton, I'm a cautious fan of 2008
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We visited Te Mata with St H in '01 but they were sold out of the current release of the Coleraine. Instead we had the '99 Awatea, which was impressive enough that I bought a bottle to bring back to US. To this day, I haven't had a chance to try the Coleraine. Thanks for the notes.
Mark Lipton
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Mark Lipton
The Waiheke wines in the post were all acquired en primeur, on allocation. Stonyridge Larose is one of NZ's most regarded ( and expensive) wines.
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Te Whau vineyard was closed about 4~5 years ago. The owner retired and the vineyard and restaurant was purchased by a property developer.
I have 2008 bdx on my drink soon list. Not sure the wines are long keepers.
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