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Reviewer rank: #115 () ()
Total reviews written: 5
First reviews written: 2
Helpful votes: 83%
5 Review(s) written
Review written for
This review is for the 2012 vintage which I bought & drank in March 2013 - many of the other reviews seem to be for previous vintages. The is a simple Chardonnay, crisp and clean with no obvious faults. I picked up little of the buttery flavours mentioned by others for previous vintages and despite the 5 Oaks name, I would guess this has seen little or no oak. It is refreshing to drink on its own or with chicken/fish etc and should appeal to people who usually drink savvy. I would not buy it again since I prefer an oaked Chardonnay but this is good value and much better than many of the $10 supermarket wines.
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Review written for Long Flat (Australia) Shiraz (Product not available at this time)
This was pretty much as expected for the money; a standard bulk production Aussie Shiraz. Not much oak and quite light so this might appeal more to the NZ Pinot drinker than someone who likes the big, bold & oaky style of Shiraz. There are much better wines for $1-2 more but then at $10 a bottle that is 10 or 20% more so you need to know your budget.
Review written for Georges Michel (Marlborough) Summer Folly Rose (Product not available at this time)
This review is for the 2012 vintage which I bought & drank in March 2012. Unlike the Cellar 9 Rose this GM is dry and 100% Pinot Noir. I also drank this on a warm summers evening but like a light Pinot this goes well with food or on its own. Pleasant berry flavours, reasonable length made this a Rose that I would look at buying again but at $13 it is getting close to something like Hunters Rose which is at another level again. Well worth a try, especially if you like Pinot. This seems good value compared to some of the very average stuff that you can pay this or more for at the Supermarket.
Review written for Cellar 9 (Gisborne) Rose (Product not available at this time)
This review is for the 2012 vintage which I bought & drank in March 2012. Perhaps I should have guessed from the description of a "soft finish" but this Rose is on the sweet side of off-dry. If you like dry wine then I suspect you will find yourself chilling it well or having over ice, which is what I did after the first sip. Then it was a pleasant enough summer evening sipper, although at 13.5% you may not want to keep sipping too long. It tastes smooth with no unpleasant flavours and while no grape variety is mentioned I doubt there is much if any Pinot in here. Buy only if you like the off-dry style but if you do, I suspect it is as good or better than most of the stuff at the Supermarket.
Review written for Thompson Trail (Wairarapa) Reisling (Product not available at this time)
This review is for the 2006 vintage which I bought & drank in February 2013 - and yes the dates are correct. This is amazing value for money and if you like aged Rieslings or well made, oak aged Chardonnays then I highly recommend trying some of this wine. To buy a 6 year old Riesling in a restaurant, which is the only place you are likely to find one apart from your own or a friends cellar, you might pay $40+. Here someone else has aged the wine for us. The result is a lovely, harmonious wine that is smooth & clean to drink but also has some real depth and complexity to the flavours. I enjoyed this on the deck on a calm summers evening but it goes well with most food as well. I liked it so much I bought a case. Great value, excellent wine & highly recommended.
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