A very strong lineup, featuring a trio of outstanding dessert wines; and two memorable Hwkes's Bay syrahs.
Michael awarded the Late Harvest and Noble Gewurztraminers 5 stars each and the 2011 Prestige Collection Chardonnay received 4.5 stars.
Our 2011 Prestige Collection Chardonnay has come top in the WineNZ tasting. This is our first front cover and we are delighted.
For the latest Dish Tasting Panel three judges blind-tasted
119 chardonnays from around the country. Of the wines entered, twenty-two were
judged four stars or higher. We were in the top ten and featured in the magazine.
Dish tastng panel comments on our wine
Sourced from a 100-acre vineyard west of Hastings in the Mangatahi Valley alongside the Ngaruroro River, the wines produced by the team at Osawa just keep getting better as the years progress and they’re now definitely one to watch from the region. Cameron Douglas MS was impressed with this “modern style of chardonnay with real interest and texture,” while Andrew Parkinson and Yvonne Lorkin both agreed that it also showed tangy fruit concentration, refreshing, cleansing texture and a long satisfying finish.
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.
New Zealand chardonnay is scaling new heights, reports John Saker
A mountain of chardonnay awaited the Cuisine panel at it latest tasting. With 49 of 153 wines achieving four stars of more...