Mt Beautiful wines of North Canterbury, New Zealand

Mt Beautiful tends to all residents located within the cloak of her shadow.  The protection afforded to the vineyards is a blockade from the ocean’s cold breath.  The vineyards were planted along the ridge lines of three farms that now makeup the winery.  When I was contacted to participate in the review I immediately said yes.  So here we go….

2015 Pinot Gris.  A nose of lilac flower, a palate of crisp and snappy pears and plums. It’s finish was amazing by being long and memorable.  Karsten and Coletta paired it with Nut & Fruit Crisps topped with Chevre and Apricot Compote.

2016 Sauvignon Blanc.  A palate of white peach, honeydew and apricot give way to a surprisingly long and crisp finish. Linda paired Nectarine and Blueberry Creme Galettes.

2015 Pinot Noir.  The very soft nose violets and blackberries gave way to an unexpectedly amazing palate of tannins swirling around auras of blackberry and peat moss that gave a finish of pleasant memories.  Ginger made Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers to pair.

2016 Rosé.  I was taken back to my childhood when the nose opened. Tangy-taffy and creme brulee with burnt sugar was its nose. The palate was a light raspberry, watermelon and pink grapefruit. The finish was rather quick. Hilarie’s pairing was mini Mediterranean pizzas.

I approached this with hesitation as I’m not a big fan of the typical oaky Chardonnay.  Thankfully I was surprised by this one.  It’s nose was of roasted almonds and stone fruit like nectarines.  The palate was slightly creamy, quite crispy, and had limestone traits, resulting in a short finish.  I was in charge of this pairing so I cut the creaminess with a mango salsa accompanied with lime tortilla chips. 

The typicity of aged Riesling is a petrol nose, and this bottle definitely had it.  I thought as a 2015 it was too young for it, but I contacted the winemaker and he said it was correct.  Who’da thunk it?  The palate was the opposite by having crisp apple and minerality without petrol.  The finish was quick and short.  Sue and Todd paired it up with Thai Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce.

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