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"Allison" SV Gisborne Marsanne 2014 - SPECIAL PRICE ON CASE SALES

NZ $20.90 incl GST

Hailing from the Northern Rhone valley, full bodied and dry but with strong honey and melon characters.

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Winemakers Notes
The growers of this wine are Doug and Delwyn Bell. Doug’s pride and joy is his newly restored and running Allison supercharged V12 engine out of a WW2 Curtis Kittyhawk aircraft. This wine is named in Doug and Allison’s honour (we aren’t sure what Delwyn thinks about this). We believe it to be the first varietal Marsanne to be made in New Zealand. Marsanne hails from the Rhone Valley in France and loved the warm and dry conditions that typified vintage 2014 in Gisborne. Vinification and elevage was entirely in tank.
Alc 13.5%
Acid 5.7g/L
Res sugar 2.0g/L
pH 3.35

Tasting Notes
Colour: At bottling the wine was very pale with light green tints. With time we expect that it will develop some pale gold hints.
Bouquet: Pure and fresh, with hints of honeysuckle and melon.
Palate: Surprisingly full bodied, with great length and presence on the palate.

We're not sure! Probably a 1 - 3 year range, but it really is a matter of wait and see.
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 Independent Reviewer’s Comment

“It is beautifully expressed on the nose showing rockmelon, citrus, jasmine and subtle spicy characters, leading to an elegantly weighted palate that is rounded and generously textured. The wine is flavoursome offering ripe fruit flavours together with bottle matured complexity, making it a delightful drink.” Sam Kim

4 1/2 Stars Wine Orbit, April 2017

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