Bob Parsons Alberta. wrote:WTN: `05 Matua Valley Shingle Peak, Marlborough.
SC, 13.5% alc. Sue rates this very high in the SB ladder!!! Have to say that as a SB fan, this is pretty good. Has some nice flavours not found in other wines I have tasted.
Colour. Medium straw, no green, watery rim.
Nose. Very appealing, a little more distinct than the accepted NZ SB aroma. Some kinda herb here and sweet pea??? Nice spice, crisp, grassy.
Palate. Classic Marlborough w. citrus, kiwi, gooseberry (not tart), and some tropical fruits that are hard to pin down. Lot going on here.
Enticing acidity, long pleasureable finish. Wow wine.
****** have seen the Mt Riley Paretai and heard that `06 Kim Crawford is here in town finally.
Sweat pea is good. I used that descriptor for the aroma of a sauvignon blanc last night. It was the Saint Clair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006, which I had the opportunity to taste again, much to my pleasure. Here's my note.
Saint Clair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 - brightly aromatic with sweet pea on nose. Light textured, dancing zest on palate. Apple, grapefruit, passionfruit with a twist of lime to the finish and a long lingering aftertaste which is just like the nectarine I ate this afternoon. 13% alc. Screwcap closure. NZ$16.99.
BTW - Paretai is Matua Valley's top wine - nothing to do with Mount Riley. Looking forward to your feedback on the Kim Crawford Marlborough SB 2006. Prepare to be wowed all over again.