The Goose Bay wines have been well received by the kosher and non-kosher crowd alike, and that both in the USA and Israel. Following are several of my tasting notes for recent releases.
Goose Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2005: Medium-bodied, light straw in color with orange and green reflections, and appealing citrus, peach and tropical fruits opening nicely to reveal a light grassy and spicy wood overlays. Lively and generous. Drink now-2007. Score 86. K (Tasted 22 Jan 2006)
Goose Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2006: Light golden straw in color, medium-bodied, with green apple, citrus and tropical fruits backed up nicely by a hint of grassiness. Not complex but a good quaffer. Drink now. Score 85. K (Tasted 22 May 2007)
Goose Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2007: Light straw in color, with distinct gooseberry, green apple and tropical fruits all on a background of freshly mown grass. Medium-bodied, round, with good balancing acidity, an appealing quaffer. Drink now. Score 86. (Tasted 23 May 2008)
Goose Bay, Pinot Noir, East Coast, 2005: Light- to medium-bodied, with tannins soft enough that you might mistake this for a Gamay, but lively and pleasant, with raspberry, strawberry and spicy aromas and flavors that linger nicely. Drink now-2008. Score 86. K (Tasted 9 May 2006)
Goose Bay, Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2006: Dark ruby in color, medium-bodied, with soft tannins and just a hint of spicy wood. Opens to show appealing raspberry, cassis and orange peel, those supported nicely by hints of white pepper. As pleasant with fish and seafood as with chicken and light veal dishes. Drink now-2009. Score 87. K (Tasted 9 Aug 2007)
As to the winery's statement that "" …. flash pasteurisation has revolutionised the kosher winemaking process. The kosher requirement for heating can be met but the integrity and quality of the wine are not compromised", let us just say that this is open to debate. I am one of those who disagree, finding that after only a few months in bottle one can easily tell the difference between a wine that has been mevushal (flash pasteurized) and one that has not, the advantage always (!!) going to the non pastruzied. Fortunately for Goose Bay, most of their wines are meant for quite early consumption. Cellar them for a year or more and you will deduct anywhere from 3 - 8 points from my scores.