2018 Pinots tasted by Candice Chow

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

We're delighted to see that highly respected wine reviewer Raymond Chan’s legacy lives on in the skilled hands of sommelier Candice Chow.

After Raymond's sad passing in 2019, Candice thought "I wish someone would pick up the website and keep writing the same way that Raymond did”. Now Candice continues Raymond's wonderful website which features more than 10,000 wine reviews free to access. Among Candice's many achievements in the wine world, she was one of the ten sommeliers from New Zealand to be invited to the 50 Best “Somms of The World” programme organised by Wine Australia in 2017.

Our warm welcome to Candice and our thanks for her brilliant idea to continue Raymond Chan Wine Reviews.

We are delighted to share Candice's reviews of our two 2018 Pinots.

Ostler Waitaki Valley Pinot Noir 2018, Waitaki Valley

Bright, even, ruby-red with a dark-garnet hue. The nose is softly full, nuances of red florals, chalk, cherries entwined with earth and a fine dusting of spice. The aromatics unveil mouthwatering elements as the wine aerated. Medium-bodied, red cherries, raspberries are fresh and rich flavoured, unveiling liquorice, florals, spices and an earthy undertone. The palate is silky with delicately extracted tannin, supple and dusty; along with chalky minerals flows with lacy acidity enhancing the mouthwatering mouthfeel. The wine has an elegantly concentrated core, carrying to a lingering, juicy red fruit, earthy-nuanced finish. This is a youthful and fresh Pinot Noir with flavours of red fruit, earth and spices on a fine-textured palate. Match with smoked duck breast and Chinese crispy pork belly over the next 3-5 years. 18.5/20 pts (Aug 2020)

Ostler Caroline's Pinot Noir 2018, Waitaki Valley

Deep, medium ruby-red with a dark-garnet hue, even throughout. This wine has an elegant and penetrating bouquet, with good-depth and savoury aromas of cherries, red berries, entwined with complexing nuances of dark herbs, mushrooms, spices and gamey underlay. Medium-full bodied, with an elegant structure frame, red cherries, red berries are succulent, interweave savoury mushroom and dark herbs. Complexing earthy undergrowth and gamey nuances are developing, subtly penetrating in the background. The mouthfeel is lively with lacy acidity, follows a fine, velvety tannin extraction which is in its youth, will mellow over time. This is a sophisticated and complex Pinot Noir at youth, with nuances of savoury fruit, complexing flavours of herbs, mushrooms and earthiness on a velvety fine-grained tannin extraction. Match with venison loin and lamb over the next 5-8 years. Serve decanted. Unfined and unfiltered. 18.5+/20 pts (Aug 2020)

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