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Talisman

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 22.10.15

Raymond Chan22 October 2015

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Very dark, near impenetrable black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple tints.  This has a very full, soft and broad nose with seamless waves and layers of complex aromas of black fruits interwoven with dark herbs, savoury game, earth and nutty oak, unveiling plum and spice elements.  The aromas build in density and depth with aeration.  Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours are stylishly restrained but fill the palate with plush and rich, ripe blackberry and plum fruit.  Layers of savoury earth, game, dried herbs, spices and nuts provide complexing detail and interest.  The fruit is balanced by considerable fine-grained tannin structure, lending mouthfeel, presence and weight.  The fruit sweetness and tannin grip is balanced, with soft integrated acidity enhancing the drive to a soft-textured finish of black fruits, earth and nutty oak.  This is a rich, but restrained savoury black-fruited red blend with an array of complexing nuances, and plenty of mouthfeel and structure.  Serve with lamb shanks and slow-cooked game meat over the next 7-9+ years.  An undisclosed blend of the best fruit from the company’s Fernhill, Twyford and Magatahi vineyards, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 16 months in predominantly new oak barriques.  18.5/20  

Talisman Syrah

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 23.09.15

Raymond Chan23 September 2015

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated and well-proportioned with intense, finely penetrating aromas of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit, along with nuances of exotic spices, black pepper, iron-earth and minerals, and complexing oak char and reductive suggestions. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant in presentation featuring intense and finely concentrated flavours of black berried and spicy plum fruit with liquorice, black minerals and exotic smoky, toasty oak nuances. The fruit is stylishly rich and succulent and supported by very fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction lending a velvety mouthfeel and seamless flow. The acidity is integrated, lending good vibrancy, enhancing the richness, and the wine carries to a very long, lingering finish with liquorice, earth and toasty detail. This is an elegant, refined and intense, exotic Syrah with succulent black fruits, pepper, earth and toasty complexities, and a velvety structure. Match with Middle Eastern lamb and Asian pork and beef dishes over the next 6-8+ years. 100% Syrah, MS and Chave clones, from the ‘Elms’ vineyard, Gimblett Gravels, hand-picked and fermented in small stainless-steel fermenters to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 40% new French oak barriques, followed by a further 3 months in older barrels. 19.0/20

Crossroads Milestone Series Sauvignon Blanc

The Independent 10.05.15

Terry Kirby10 May 2015

The Independent UK

From the same Kiwi stable as the fine Cabernet Franc recommended two weeks ago, this is similarly well made: crisply citric notes, but more rounded and fuller-flavoured than some. Try with scallop or prawns. 

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Cabernet Franc

The Independent 26.04.15

Terry Kirby26 April 2015

The Independent UK

A superlative offering from a small, carefully managed concern in New Zealand's Hawke's Bay, using grapes grown on the fabled, ancient Gimblett Gravels riverbed. Fresh, blackberry fruits, a touch of mint and some spice: satisfying and elegant. Goes well with all lighter roast meats.

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Cabernet Franc

The Independent 26.04.15

Terry Kirby26 April 2015

The Independent UK

A superlative offering from a small, carefully managed concern in New Zealand's Hawke's Bay, using grapes grown on the fabled, ancient Gimblett Gravels riverbed. Fresh, blackberry fruits, a touch of mint and some spice: satisfying and elegant. Goes well with all lighter roast meats.

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah

Raymond Chan 1.11.2014

Raymond Chan1 November 2014

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Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues on rim. This is elegantly concentrated with aromas of ripe blackberry fruit and black pepper, along with gentle layers of spices, iron-earth and violetty perfumes, revealing toasty oak notes in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with restrained, but succulent and sweetly ripe flavours of ripe dark red and black berry fruits, layered with Asian spices, dark-red and violet florals and toasty oak. The fruit is supported by supple, fine-grained tannins and the wine flows effortlessly and with fresh acid vitality. The mouthfeel is softly textured, the extraction and depth growing in presence, carrying to a long spice and toasty finish. This is an elegant, finely concentrated, restrained black fruited Syrah with toasty oak seasoning.  Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-8 years.  A selection of the best 16 barrels. 100% Syrah from the ‘Elms’ vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 25% new French oak barriques.   

5 Stars

Talisman

Raymond Chan 1.11.2014

Raymond Chan1 November 2014

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The signature wine of Crossroads, a secret blend of varieties, the best fruit from Fernhill, Twyford and Mangatahi, fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged in predominantly new oak barriques.  Very dark, deep, black-hued red with lighter ruby on rim.  The bouquet is full and complete with a complex array of ethereal aromatics, showing waves of black berry fruits, plum, liquorice, earth and spices, along with dark herbs, reductive elements and toasty oak.  Medium-bodied and stylishly presented, succulent black fruits are interwoven with savoury and spicy flavours of herbs, earth and game, revealing oak toast and reductive complexities.  This builds in fruit concentration as the fine-grained tannin extraction unfolds, forming a rounded, deep core.  Discreet acidity adds to the balance, providing gentle drive and line.  The wine carries through to a long and sustained finish with savoury fruit and earthy notes.  This is an elegant, concentrated and complex medium-bodied blended red with a complete array of flavours.  Match with game meat, casseroles and hard cheeses over the next 6-8 years.  

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah

Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier 1.11.14

Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier1 November 2014

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Fabulous bouquet of ripe, sweet red and black fruits; sweet meats and kid leather; a vibrant and youthful package of aromas - centering on the core of fruit.

On the palate - dry with lots of texture from the tannins; loads of red and black fruit flavors, some peppery moments, but not too many; youthful yet complex; juicy and long. A wine to decant, cellar or just enjoy. remarkably good!

5 Stars (92 Points)

Talisman

Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier 1.11.14

Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier1 November 2014

camerondouglasms.blogspot.co.nz

There's a silkyness to the way in which this wine reveals its core - lots of black fruits drive the varietal campaign with black doris plums making a show a long the way; there's no doubt about the complexity and masculine drive. Violets.

On the palate - very youthful indeed with loads of tannins and acidity, plenty of bold black fruit flavors, complex and long. A charming wine in its early years. A long adventurous finish. Well made.

5 Stars

Crossroads Milestone Series Chardonnay

Wine NZ

Colin Ford1 July 2014

Top 10

Appealing reductive, gun-smoke notes on the nose. Quite soft and round in the mouth with rich, ripe peach, citrus and some spicy-caramel notes. Complex and nutty with a hint of toast and nice mouth-feel. Well done. A good wine for this money. 

Crossroads Milestone Series Pinot Gris

Wine NZ

Colin Ford1 July 2014

Well performing wines

Melon aromas. Kind of fleshy, lush and full with flavours of melon and apricot. 

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah

Cuisine Magazine

John Saker1 July 2014

Cuisine Magazine

Restraint and elegance are the bywords here. This wine is light on its feet, with fresh punchy sweet fruit laced with herbal, earthy notes. The flow is seamless and long. "It celebrates its fruit," said John Belsham. Serve with gamy terrine.