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Sam Kim – 5 Stars for Urlar Select Parcels

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Urlar Select Parcels Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Gladstone

94/100    5 STARS

This is luxurious, dramatic and engaging, and also firmly structured for a graceful development. A magnificent barrel-fermented style showing complex aromas of stone fruit, citrus and flint with hints of almond and dill. The palate is concentrated and richly textured with excellent mid palate weight, flowing beautifully to a long, expansive finish. A wine showing wonderful style and impeccable harmony. At its best: now to 2022. $30.00. Certified organic. www.urlar.co.nz. Dec 2014.

Urlar Select Parcels Pinot Noir 2013, Gladstone

95/100    5 STARS

Powerful and graceful, the wine exhibits seamless infusion of dark berries, truffle and game with subtle cedar and dried herb nuance. It’s expansive and symphonic on the palate with outstanding concentration while remaining elegant and poised. Impressively structured, immensely appealing and though-provoking at the same time. At its best: 2015 to 2023. $60.00. Certified organic. www.urlar.co.nz. Dec 2014.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews – Urlar

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Urlar 2013 Sauvignon and Riesling, and 2013 Pinot Gris and Noir

‘Economic and environmental sustainability are our driving principles’ states the Urlar website, and indeed Angus and Davina Thomson are committed to the land having achieved BioGro organic certification early on in their Gladstone venture in 2010.  The Thomsons and their viticulturist-winemaker Guy McMaster tend the 31 ha Urlar vineyard to biodynamic regimes, and reckon this to be fundamental to the quality and style of the wines.  Their approach has rapidly taken the Urlar label to be among the most exciting and interesting in the Wairarapa.  I visited Urlar at the beginning of last year and saw barrel samples of the 2012 Pinot Noir and thought them very promising, especially for a cool vintage (click here to see my report).  The finished wine is now released, and I review it along with the new 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling wines and 2012 Pinot Gris.  www.urlar.co.nz

Urlar Gladstone Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – 4 STARS

Bright straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale edged.  This has a very tight and penetrating nose of cooler-spectrum cut grass and nettle-like fruit aromas, with subtle passionfruit nuances, the bouquet revealing savoury herbs and mouthwatering minerals.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, fresh, lively fruit flavours of grass, capsicums and gooseberries form a tight core and show with lusciousness and vitality.  Herb, green apple and mineral detail unfold, and the palate flows with energy, following a very fine phenolic, textural line.  Lifted florals and minerals feature on the long, firm, racy finish.  This is an elegant, refreshingly juicy and lively Sauvignon Blanc with cut and linearity.  Match with seafood, poultry, salads and vegetables in Mediterranean-inspired fare over the next 2 years.  Fermented in stainless-steel with a portion in seasoned oak to 13.5% alc. and 2.3 g/L RS.  Certified BioGro organic.  17.5+/20  May 2014  RRP $24.00

Urlar Gladstone Riesling 2013 – 4 STARS

Cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 7.0 g/L RS, and TA 8.6 g/l and pH 2.92, the wine aged on lees.  Bright straw-yellow colour with slight lemon-green hues.  The nose is clean, fresh and steely, with lime and lemon fruit aromas, lifted with white floral and stonefruit notes, revealing savoury citrus, honey and toast nuances in the glass,  Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is elegantly concentrated with fruit flavours of limes and lemons along with savoury mineral elements.  This has good fruit extract and the palate is carried by soft, dry textures with underlying, thirst-quenching acid drive to a sustained, citrussy finish.  This is a dry, concentrated, mouth-watering Riesling with lime-like fruit and savoury nuances.  Serve as an aperitif and with seafood.  It will develop greater complexity over the next 5-6 years.  Certified BioGro organic.  18.0/20  May 2014  RRP $27.00

Urlar Gladstone Pinot Gris 2012 – 4 STARS

Fruit hand-picked and WBP, fully barrel-fermented in seasoned oak to 13.0% alc. and 1.4 g/L RS, the wine aged 12 months in oak, the wine undergoing batonnage.  Full straw-yellow colour with pale gold hues.  The nose is full and broad with solid and deep aromas of yellow stonefruits with minerally lees elements and nutty, barrel nuances, unfolding complexing layers of pear and honeysuckle with aeration.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, softly concentrated and well-packed flavours of savoury yellow stonefruits are melded with minerals, smoke and nutty elements.  The mouthfeel is rounded from the barrel-ferment, with some phenolic textures forming a dry palate line.  The palate flows with good drive to a weighty and dry, grainy, lingering finish.  This is a medium-bodied, dry Pinot Gris with complex

Bob Campbell Reviews Urlar Select Parcels

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Urlar Select Parcels Wairarapa NZ Sauvignon Blanc 2013

4 STARS (90/100)

Oak fermented and matured Sauvignon that is represents a selection of the finest barrels. Richly textured wine that still retains good fruit purity with mineral, grapefruit and nutty yeast lees flavours. Oak character is evident but appropriately restrained. Good potential.

Urlar Select Parcels Wairarapa NZ Pinot Noir 2013

5 STARS (93/100)

Organic Pinot Noir that is a selection of the best barrels. Elegant wine with appealing purity and flavours suggesting flint/mineral, cherry, violet and dried herbs. The wine shows impressive power delivered with subtlety. Quite Burgundian in style.

Yvonne Lorkin’s Tweet on Urlar Select Parcels

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Oh. My. Gozzle. Buy this wine now or forever kick yourself with regret.

Cameron Douglas Reviews Urlar’s Select Parcel Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Urlar Select Parcels Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Gladstone 14%

Quite a complex and concentrated bouquet with aromas of roasted tropical fruits and oak spices melded together; peach, red apple, sweet citrus and white flowers, there’s a honey note then obvious barrel led spice – all adds up to complexity. On the palate – dry, richly flavored, generous of fruit and oak combinations; medium++ acidity and floral notes; quite a serious wine that has generosity, subtlty and a sense of place. Really well made with a medium+ length and finish.
4.5 Stars


Urlar Select Parcels Pinot Noir 2013 Gladstone 14%

The bouquet contains significant depth and complexity with aromas of soil, mineral, fruit and complexities derived from what I only imagine are vine age and wine making; light and dark red cherry fruits, aged strawberry and red apple skin suggestions, silty soil notes and lots of oak. On the palate – dry, complex and youthful; this wine needs time in glass as it has a lots of tense as well as poised elements from the acidity (med++) tannins (high) which carry flavor & are derived from the oak and fruit; and alcohol which seems to stand out for the moment; the finish is complex and long. This is an investment wine, a must decant wine and a cellar wine for serious drinkers. Note too that the soil/mineral suggestion has an herbal element that needs to be considered if drinking this wine when young (think Nuits St George).
5 Stars