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New Release Wines get great reviews.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Okahu’s new ultra premium wines from 2014 vintage have been tasted by Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas in December 2015. The results are very good given that Chambourcin and the Syrah were only bottled in November 2015, looks like they have a great future ahead of them. Read more for his tasting notes.

Okahu Estate Chambourcin 2014
Bold and expressive bouquet with black berry fruits, black cherry, toasty and spicy suggestions and core of energy. On the palate – very fruity with black cherry and dark berry flavours, liquorice, clove and spice, a baked fruit cake layer, medium+ acidity and tannins, dry yet lengthy finish. A lovely example of a variety and wine showing vine age, ripeness and decent winemaking.
90 Points

Okahu Estate Syrah 2014

Generous ripe and full of varietal markers with ripe raspberry, plum and blue fruit aromas, mild peppery, earthy and oak layers and attributes. On the palate – fruity, dry, lightly spiced and lightly oaked; an evenly paced wine with slow unfurling flavours; plums and darker berries, medium+ acidity and medium tannins – with finer textures; balanced and well made; can be enjoyed now though best from 2017.
89 Points

Okahu Estate Viognier 2014
A quiet bouquet at first then as the wine relaxes in glass the varietal signature emerges with aromas of sweet peach and apricot, honeysuckle and yellow Spring flowers, subtle hints of vanilla and spice and a creamy lees-like layer. On the palate – dry, spicy, quite fruity and layered with soft fragrances of flowers then stone fruit flavours, medium acidity, medium+ alcohol and weight. Drink now and through 2017.
88 Points

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