Well maybe not notes from tweny years ago rather notes on some wines made around twenty years ago. Last weekend I opened a few older NZ wines.
First on the list is was Kumeu River 1995 Chardonnay.
- The colour was bright gold and the wine looked more youthful than I thought it would.
- Aromatically it was citrus tones were still strong as were earthy mineral characters.
- On the palate there was a bitter marmalade flavour. Good persistence and length. Still plenty of life in this wine. I was really quite impressed.
Next up was the late addition of the Collards 1985 Cabernet Merlot.
- Menthol, mint as well as medicinal tobacco character and a little reductive on the nose initially. Sweet palate, and surprisingly good. Feeling it’s age though.
- 15 minutes later it had actually opened up a bit more an had developed an orange pith character.
- 30 minutes after opening there was a distinct grapey, sultana nose developing.
- 45 minutes on it was browning and starting to take on an unpleasant acidity.
- 60 minutes on tasting quite green but making a bit of a comeback. amazing really.
You would have to say it wasn’t too bad.
Then there was the Coleraine 1991
- Very dull aroma initially until that familiar old bottle reduction blew off. Plenty of tannin and tasting youthful.
- Dark, dusty, smokey cocoa aromas eventually came through. The palate is powerful with sweet raisin-ed fruit.
- 15 minutes later the flavour profile hadn’t changed but there was a very compact profile to it
- 45 minutes later there was a distinct dark chocolate aroma and brambly flavours. Notes say “yum”
- 60 minutes best yet. Very very good wine.
Plenty of time left for this wine. If you have a bottle of this not only are you lucky, but you can definitely hang on to it for a while.