Aurum, Cromwell, Central Otago

This is a real family affair, Mum, Dad, Son the winemaker/viticulturist and daughter in law the winemaker, plus two grandchildren who the reserve wines are named after!

The daughter-in-law, Lucie, is French and Brook, the son, has done several vintages in France, yet the wines, although restrained, are fantastic examples of what Central Otago should taste like.

The name of the estate is Latin for gold which is a reference to the gold mining in the area, and gold adorns the very elegant label and the cellar door is right on Highway 6 just outside of Cromwell and so is very busy.
Riesling 2008
Showing some complexity from age, and as with most of the Rieslings we have tasted here it was very good. Really good lime and citrus fruits, and great length on the finish.

Pinot Gris 2011
Textured pear and apple fruit, lovely spice and really good mouthfeel, just off dry and a long finish. Personally I would like to see this fractionally drier.

Chardonnay 2010
Elegant nose of apple & peach with gentle hints of barrel ageing, light in the mouth and a light roasted nut finish. Really good length.

Pinot Noir 2010
Ripe red & blackberry fruits, gentle herby and spicy layers and a dark fruit, elegant finish. Excellent structure, tannins reasonably supple.

Pinot Noir 2009 Mathilde Reserve

Named after the daughter/granddaughter and is a vineyard selection of the best fruit, receives an extra six months barrel age. Riper, dark fruit, very concentrated and hints of real sweetness. Lovely weight in the mouth and really good length on the finish.

Pinot Noir 2009 Madeleine Reserve
Again, named after the other daughter/granddaughter and this is a barrel selection and is allowed to age again for a further four to six months. A little more opulent than Mathilde and a little bit more red berry fruit. Bold and spicy on the palate, really good balance, very very drinkable.
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Posted on 10/04/2012
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