Reviews

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

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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 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

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. 

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah 2010

Regional Trophy24 June 2014

Decanter World Wine Awards

"Enticing, with intense perfumed blackberry, black olive and smoke aromas. The rich and juicy palate has lashings of generous, spicy plum and dark berry fruit – supple-textured with appealing sweetness and a hint of violets. Excellent."

Crossroads Milestone Series Chardonnay

CROSSROADS MILESTONE SERIES CHARDONNAY 2012

Sam Kim10 November 2013

Wine Orbit

"An immediately appealing chardonnay, the fragrant bouquet shows ripe peach, citrus and vanillin oak aromas, leading to a succulent palate that's fruit
expressive and smooth to the finish. It's generous and flavoursome. At its best: now to 2016."

4.5 Stars and 91/100

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Chardonnay

CROSSROADS WINEMAKERS COLLECTION CHARDONNAY 2011

Sam Kim10 November 2013

Wine Orbit

"A powerful rendition, the gloriously complex bouquet shows mango, stone fruit, roasted nuts and vanilla characters, followed by a concentrated and
richly textured palate. It's superbly long and velvety with a creamy finish. A sumptuous chardonnay that keeps on giving. At its best: now to 2017."

5 Stars and 94/100

Crossroads Milestone Series Merlot

CROSSROADS MILESTONE SERIES MERLOT 2012

Sam Kim10 November 2013

Wine Orbit

"A lovely medium-bodied merlot, the fragrant bouquet shows dark plum, floral and hints of dried herb and roasted nut characters. It's ripe and nicely textured on the palate with fine, gently drying tannins providing a pleasing dry finish. A well-proportioned red. At its best: now to 2016."

4 Stars and 86/100

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah

CROSSROADS WINEMAKERS COLLECTION SYRAH 2012

Sam Kim10 November 2013

Wine Orbit

"It's pristine and pure on the nose displaying dark plum, blueberry, floral and subtle cedary oak aromas. The palate is concentrated and finely textured, and shows lovely poise and balance. The wine is refined and stylish, and promises to develop beautifully. At its best: now to 2018."

5 Stars and 93/100