Brancott Estate Reserve Marlborough Rosé 2020 $15-$19 Definitely on the dry side of the street, this southern rosé shows tweaks of stonefruit, mandarin, a razzle of rhubarb and strawberry, alongside a ribbon of rhubarb. Hints of white pepper freshen and lengthen the finish. Very sippable and widely available.
Brancott Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2020 $19 If you’re looking for a perfectly decent, cherry and plum-packed Pinot Noir that won’t give your wallet any grief then this is your parking spot. Simple, tasty, a hint of sarsaparilla and redcurrant on the finish and a smooth, slippery texture makes this a darn good go-to if … Read More
Brancott Estate Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020 I’m all about finding the cheeky chards and the Brancott Estate Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020 is a grin in a bottle basically. Fruit in all the right places, a little bit of toast, lots of creamy, cashew characters and at $15 -$19(depending on where you’re shopping) it’s … Read More
Brancott Estate Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2020 $19 This pinot is definitely the pumped up kicks where aromatics are concerned. Redcurrant and buckets of raspberry wash across a spicy baseline in the mouth. The acidity is hefty, the tannins are super-smooth – it’s a feel-good, taste-good, commercial style that’ll have the crowds smiling at that … Read More
Brancott Estate Letter Series ‘O’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2014 $34 ★★★★★ This wine smells like peach and almond crumble, caramelised citrus and has a delicious blend of spiciness and creaminess to add to its all-round yumminess. There’s a lovely roasty, toasty layer and a buttery injection on the finish. The ‘O’ stands for their Omaka vineyard. … Read More
Your own WOW Factor Last week I wrote about the commemorative Wearable Arts Awards bottles of new Brancott Estate wines that were now available. This week I’ve stumbled across a never-done-before Wearable Arts crowd-sourced experiment spearheaded by designer extraordinaire David Trubridge. Supported by WOW sponsors Brancott Estate, Trubridge is working on a ‘mystery wearable artwork’ … Read More
Brancott Estate Special Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Gris 2012 $28 ★★★★ Wild passionfruit, elderflower, white peach, basil, white pepper, nectarine and lime – it’s all in here. Brancott have been doing interesting things with sauvignon gris (a singular grape variety, not a blend of sauvignon blanc and pinot gris) recently and the results get better every … Read More
“Oh that’s such a cruisy job – wanna swap?” is something I hear regularly when I meet someone new and they find out what I do for a living. They must think it’s all just wine tasting day in day out, making a telly show and going to the occasional flash party. They don’t see … Read More