Hawke's Bay is not the region that first springs to mind when you think of NZ Pinot Noir, but this offering from relative newcomer Osawa Wines shows plenty of varietal twang. Spiced red cherry and plum fruits segue into lighter wafts of game, red licorice and forest floor. Bright acidity, fine-grained tannins and a medium-length finish feature in a wine that shows excellent drinkability.
Fermentation defines the character
DEBORAH WALTON-DERRY & PETER MORICE
Osawa Hawke's Bay Prestige Collection Chardonnay 2010 ($39)
We continue to be impressed by Osawa wines and this chardonnay is no exception. A big wine at 14.5 per cent abv, it retains its poise and irresistibility.
Straw coloured with a gentle stone fruit, vanilla and cream aroma - all the power and finesse is on the palate.
Satin textured with ginger, soda and apple cider flavours that are quite crisp. By mid-palate sweet lemon and some classy oak are in the mix; the length, integration and complexity this wine displays say it all.
2010 Sauvignon Blanc Prestige Collection Hawke's Bay
Pale hazy yellow with a green tinge. Fascinating oily aromas of lime, white pepper and minerals. Supple, rich and intense in the mouth, but not as complex as the nose suggests. Shows a strong note of curry powder and a hint of sweetness. Finishes a bit spiky but this distinctive wine boasts good texture. 88
Wine by Jo Burzynska - Made in Japan
Perfumed Alternative - Flying Sheep Gewurztraminer 2010
Established by Japanese wine lover, Taizo Osawa, Osawa Wine's exotically scented gewürztraminer with its notes of ginger and rose over opulently textured stonefruit with a fresh citrus zest edge, could rover an appropriate alternative to a present of perfume.
Flying Sheep Gewurztraminer 2010 4.5★
From Osawa Wines, based inland at Mangatahi, this is an exotically scented wine with loads of personality. Sturdy (14.5% alcohol), it is a medium-dry style with fresh, rich flavours of stonefruit, spices and ginger. Ready; no Rush. $23