Favourite Wines of 2014

With the new year rolling in it's important to reflect on the wines that you enjoyed and even those that you maybe didn't like so much throughout the last year. Here's my top 5 picks from 2014.

Kumeu River's 2009 Hunting Hill Chardonnay 
New Zealand's reputation for chardonnay is growing quickly. This lightly oaked chardonnay is bursting with stone fruit flavours like peaches and apricots yet it's well balanced with hazelnut and a toasty aroma. The age on this wine toned down the acidity and helped to create a very good quality wine. 


Olivier Leflaive's Meursault Les Narvaux 2010
Meursault is a wine region found in Burgundy, therefore by law, they must produce either chardonnay or pinot noir. I had the privilege of tasting Olivier Leflaive's 2010 chardonnay. This wine exemplified all of the characteristics that you would expect form a Burgundy chardonnay; dry with a balanced acidity, stone fruit flavours with a touch of hazelnut on the finish. Personally I loved this wine because of the buttery popcorn flavours I picked out and the high intensity for it's style. 

Peter Lehmann's 2008 Margaret Barossa Semillon 
Semillon is a varietal that doesn't get quite enough attention. It's very versatile in the fact that it produces many of France's sweet whites and much of Australia's dry whites. This semillon is clean with a medium intensity, balanced minerality and a zesty finish. It's dry on the palate with high acidity and flavours of lemongrass and citrus. This wine is designed to age for a further 5-10 years. I would recommend pairing with roast chicken or pork and perhaps pan seared scallops. 


Giesen The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2013
New Zealand is known for it's highly aromatic sauvignon blancs. With popular names like Kim Crawford it's an easy crowd pleaser. This year I tasted The Brothers sauvignon blanc and was quite impressed. This wine is dry with a medium to light intensity and boasts flavours of nectarine, white pepper and elderflower. Because of the high acidity in sauvignon blancs they pair nicely with acidic foods such as seafood and citrus sauces. 


Graceland's 2011 Shiraz 
South Africa's wine region in Stellenbosch is growing in popularity and recognition throughout the world. The Graceland's shiraz boasts flavours of blackberries, cherries and baking spices. It's dry with a medium acidity and a lovely deep ruby in colour. It's full body pairs nicely with fatty meats such as beef tenderloin and lamb. 

Hollick's 2008 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 
This wine illustrates your traditional Australian cabernet sauvignon. It has flavours of plum, black currant and herbaceous aromas such as mint and eucalyptus. It's dry with medium acidity,  tannin and full body. I personally liked this wine because it's very balanced and complex. 

2014 was full of amazing times with amazing wines. We can't wait to see what 2015 will bring! Feel free to leave us your favourites in the comment section below.