TheShout, January 2017
Our 2015 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines were just reviewed in New Zealand based TheShout magazine by Cameron Douglas MS.
2015 Mt. Beautiful Chardonnay
Fine bouquet of sweet, ripe stone fruit and apple all dipping in newish oak with vanilla and wood aromas, some mineral and wild flowers and a touch of wild honey add depth and complexity. On the palate – juicy, fresh, ripe, warm and dry; flavours of citrus before stone fruit, noticeable wood spice with mild tannins, medium acidity and a fairly lengthy finish; decent complexity and desirable flavours. Serve cool to serve; drink now and through 2022.
2015 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir
Very fruity, ripe and varietal bouquet with dark cherry and raspberry fruits, plum and wild red florals, mineral and toasty wood tones. Very youthful and tense on the nose, but with complexity leading to high expectations on the palate. Mineral, plums, dark cherry and wild berry fruit flavours, dry and spicy with toasty wood tones; medium+ tannin impact with velvet to course silk textures; youthful, tense and lengthy. A wine requiring cellar time and some peace and quiet to find harmony – which it will. Decant for service, best drinking from 2018 through 2026.