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06 MacPhail Ferrington Pinot Noir (1.5ltr) $200 ☺☺☺☺☺

Magnums of wine are always interesting to try as the ageing process is different and generally slower. In this case it has made an already excellent wine truly superb. I have always been a fan of the Ferrington Vineyard as it had the greatest balance and complexity of the MacPhail range. This wine really brings this home. We opened the wine and decanted it about an hour before drinking. The nose was of ripe cherries, sweet raspberries with lashing of cola. When you taste this wine you realise how complex it can be, included in the noteworthy tastes were cola, spice, minerality and a hint of rose. All in all a great wine and one which I hope will be good for years to come. A deserved 5 smiley face wine !

11 Quails' Gate Okanagan Pinot Noir ($30 ☺☺☺)

Its not often we get chances to try Okanagan wines which is a shame because of the wines are all to this standard then there are more treats in stock. The nose opens initially with ripe strawberries and then quickly settles into deep cherry and red fruit. The tannins are full yet do not overpower the fruit, the taste is firm, with hints of cola and cocoa. All in all a very drinkable wine and would go well with most foods especially some grilled salmon

11 MacPhail Sundawg Pinot Noir ($45 ☺☺☺☺

The MacPhail collection has basically something for everyone who loves Pinot. In this case the maraschino cherry dominated clones which go to make up this wine. The initial nose is of cranberries, spice and barnyards. On the palette it gives up the wonderful tart tastes of ripe raspberries and candied cherries. Another classic from the maestro !

12 MacPhail Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($35) ☺☺☺☺

Unoaked Chardonnay has always been the poorer relation in the domestic market here in the USA. I would suggest people try this great example of the unoaked variety before dismissing the style out of hand. The nose is of green apples, pineapple and hints of butterscotch, the finish is refreshing with lemon zest and full fruit flavours. Another classic from the hands of James MacPhail.

© John Holmes 2014