wines of Forrest Estate, Marlborough, New Zealand
John and Brigid Forrest have been making wine in New Zealand’s
Marlborough region since 1988, which is early history by the
standards of this region. They now own seven and manage two
vineyards in the prime Wairau Valley of Marlborough, with a total of
130 hectares in all – a sizeable operation. The wines are textbook
examples of their style, with Riesling being a strong point, along
with the super-premium ‘Collection’ whites.
in brackets are UK retail.
Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Marlborough
Opening out with some green, grassy herbal notes and nice
expressive fruitiness. Lovely wine. 90/100 (£9.99)
Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Marlborough
Very bright and fresh on the nose with aromatic, minerally
fruit. The palate is fresh and focused with nice acidity. Quite
mineral and tight. 90/100 (£9.99)
Estate Wairau Dry Riesling 2007 Marlborough
From a stony site, this is the 15th vintage of this
wine. Focused limey nose. The palate is expressive, dry and limey.
Delicious. 89/100 (£9.99)
Estate The Doctors’ Riesling 2007 Marlborough
Lovely rich Kabinett (off-dry) style with nice texture and
sweetness offsetting the acidity. Vibrant, bright and persistent
with a lemony finish. 90/100 (£8.99)
Estate Gewürztraminer 2007 Marlborough
Lovely rich lychee nose is sweet and a bit floral. The palate is
soft-textured and rich with lovely pure lychee and grapey fruit.
Estate Pinot Noir 2007 Marlborough
Bright dark cherry fruit nose. The palate is soft and expressive
with nice freshness and a subtle herbiness. Sweet and attractive.
Pinot Noir Central Otago 2007
Lovely expressive bright fruit with some herbiness. Nicely
expressive with a fine spicy edge to the dark fruits. Good acid. A
bright style. 90/100 (£14.99)
Forrest Collection The White 2007 New Zealand
Multivarietal wine made from the best grapes from all vineyards.
Complex and intense with lovely herby intensity and broad flavours.
Fresh and minerally but fresh and rich at the same time. 91/100 (£16.99)
Forrest Collection The White 2006 New Zealand
Herby and complex with lovely textural elements on the palate.
Quite vivid with good complexity. Lovely stuff. 92/100 (£16.99)
Forrest Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Marlborough
One acre, cropped 2 tons/acre (half standard) and picked early.
Complex, tight, herby nose. The palate is broad and intense with
good acidity and lovely richness. Really bold flavour here: herby
and intense. 92/100 (£14.75)
agent: Adnams (www.adnams.co.uk)
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