Legendary Kiwi winemaking family the Forrest’s are over in the UK at the minute and John, daughter Beth and son Sam managed to squeeze a visit to Virgin Wines HQ into their busy schedule. It is no coincidence that they are over in the UK at the minute, being a bunch of Rugby nuts, and true to form they appeared at 10am all sporting All Blacks jersey’s, clearly pumped up for this weekend’s final against their old enemy the Aussies, a game that they will be attending this Saturday.
Once we’d said our hello’s and caught up on what was new, marriages and births etc, it was down to business. A quick review of the last 12 months, plans for the next 12, which I have to say are looking pretty exciting, although we’ll need to do some work before we can reveal the details! We finished off the meeting with a cheeky little tasting of some of their wines. Here are my short notes…
Doctors Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (lower alcohol 9.5%) – plenty of tropical fruit, touch of sherbet, classic Marlborough notes of capsicum and cut grass too. Palate starts with generous ripe fruit before moving to tighter citrus and mineral. Nice and long with plenty of freshness.
Forrest Estate Rose 2014 – this is a blend of Pinot Noir 50%, Malbec 40%, St. Laurent 10% – some nice tinned strawberry fruit, just a little oxidation. The palate has plenty of dense fruit balanced by good freshness. They’ll be moving onto 2015 so we’ll look at that once it is bottled.
JFC Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2012 – very vibrant on the nose, raspberry, floral with a little raisin fruit. Sweet oak on palate, juicy but lithe too. Will evolve this over the next decade, a definite keeper.
JFC Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – blackcurrant fruit with obvious oak. Nice freshness, a touch of mint and deeper notes of dark fruit. Youthful but approachable.
JFC Syrah 2013 – heaps of black fruit, charred notes and sweet vanilla. Lots of mouth coating fruit, grippy tannins (grape and oak) finishing with intense blackcurrant.
I’m not an egg chaser, but if I was, I know who I’d be cheering for on Saturday come kick off. They won’t be playing in gold is all I’ll say! Sorry Steve and our Fuse Team, too many years of pain delivered by your cricket lads!