The Hedonistic Taster

L.M. Archer is an international fine wine writer specializing in Burgundy, bubbles and emerging wine regions.

by L.M. Archer

Mt. Beautiful Winery – North Canterbury, New Zealand

As a wine writer, It’s rare to desire every wine sampled in a tasting line-up.

Yet each Mt. Beautiful Winery wine here elicits a hankering for more.

Hats off to Mt. Beautiful winemaker Sam Weaver, a quiet leader in New Zealand’s Sustainable Winegrawing program, whom I first met at IPNC some years ago.

Mt. Beautiful Winery proprietors David and Leigh Teece have spared  no expense, both in the vineyard and the cellar, to produce truly original, premium wines.

This year marks Mt. Beautiful’s tenth vintage anniversary making wines in one of the world’s most hardscrabble locations. Good on them – here’s to more!

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage:  2017

Alcohol:   13%

Link to Producer Specs here.  

Suggested Retail: $15.99 

Robe:  Clear lemon hue.

Nose:  Cut grass, gooseberry,  lime blossom, saline aromas.

Bouche:  Lime zest, grapefruit, pineapple bouche; light-medium body, bright acids.

Quintessential New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc squared – gorgeous, pristine fruit +  quality wine making.

M. Beautiful 2016 Riesling are produced from German clones grown on sustainable vineyards in North Canterbury, New Zealand.

Wine:  Mt. Beautiful Riesling

Vintage:  2016

Alcohol:   11.3%

Link to Producer Specs here.  

Suggested Retail: $28

Robe:   Pale lemon hue with tiny, iridescent green flecks.

Nose:  Petrol, burnt rubber, citrus aromas.

Bouche:  Medium body, off-dry, citrus bouche.

Solid, quality Riesling. Go ahead, Somms + wine geeks – you want this wine.

Mt. Beautiful 2016 Chardonnay are hand-harvested from sustainable vineyards in North Canterbury, New Zealand.

Wine:  Mt. Beautiful Chardonnay

Vintage:  2016

Alcohol:   13.5 %

Link to Producer Specs here.  

Suggested Retail: $27  

Robe:   Pale lemon robe.

Nose: White flowers, stone fruit, citrus aromas.

Bouche:  Golden apple, white nectarine, mineral backnote bouche; light-medium body, nervy acids, clean finish.

Smitten. Best non-oak bomb New World Chardonnay yet. More, please.

Mt. Beautiful 2017 Rosé is produced from sustainable Pinot Noir created by wine maker David Teece.

Wine:  Mt. Beautiful Rosé

Vintage:  2017

Alcohol:   13%

Link to Producer Specs here.  

Suggested Retail: $21.50  

Robe:  Gorgeous burnt apricot hue.

Nose: Lychee, white ginger, baking spice aromas.

Bouche:  White peach, nectarine, nutmeg bouche; medium body, bright acids. You had me at ‘gorgeous burnt apricot robe.’

Alluring, intoxicating, haunting, “must have more” roséThis wine just ain’t pretty – it’s got brains, too – which is why it ranks among my Top Five Fave Rosés for 2018. 

Mt. Beautiful 2016 Pinot Noir is sourced from sustainable vineyards in North Canterbury, New Zealand.

Wine:  Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir

Vintage:  2016

Alcohol:   13.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.  

Suggested Retail: $32  

Robe:  Deep ruby robe.

Nose:  Smokey, dark cherry, violet, bramble aromas.

Bouche:  Blackberry, black cherry, red fruit bouche; light-medium body, artfully balanced acids and tannins, lingering finish. 

Seamlessly constructed, exceptional quality Pinot Noir at a ridiculously accessible price point. No brainer, Pinotphiles. Buy. Drink. Repeat.

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