Wine Reviews 2011
Peter’s Picks Hospitality Magazine January 2011
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
Peter’s Picks are independently selected by wine writer Peter Saunders. This feature is designed with restaurants and wine retailers in mind and reflects a mix of factors including price, availability and overall drinkability. He writes:
Urlar Gladstone Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – Quite a potent style, dry, almost austere for this variety, and young. Changes will follow as 2011 passes but very good with food now to enjoy the intensity. From this Wairarapa sub-region (Gladstone), Urlar have hit the ground running with a splendid range of wines.
Air New Zealand
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
We are thrilled that our Urlar Pinot Noir 2009 has been carefully selected by a prestigious group of wine judges for Air New Zealand business class flights from August 2011 to January 2012. Two famous New Zealand winemakers; John Belsham and Kate Radburn tasted through 720 wines to come up with only a handful to be selected.
Angus Thomson – Owner
Daily Mail Weekend Supplement
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
2010 Urlar Sauvignon Blanc, Wairarapa.
“This is a restrained, classy, less exotic interpretation of this grape variety and I love its calm fruit flavours. Perfect for the less boisterous amongst you.”
Winestate Tasting by Micahel Cooper
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
Urlar Gladstone Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – 4.5 Stars
‘Sweaty’ armpit aromas lead into a fleshy, well-rounded, northern Wairarapa wine with ripe nectarine and passionfruit flavours, a hint of herbs, and excellent concentration.
Urlar Gladstone Pinot Noir 2009 – 5 Stars
Rich, instantly appealing wine from the northern Wairarapa, full-coloured and generous, deep and finely textured. Very ripe and savoury, with dense, sweet fruit and lovely weight, balance and length.
Wine Orbit - Sam Kin Reviews
Friday, May 20th, 2011
Wine Orbit is a bi-monthly (subscription-only) publication featuring reviews of New Zealand wines and wines of the world. Its aim is to provide independent, extensive and detailed wine reviews, written by a senior wine judge. Click on this link to find out more about this website http://www.wineorbit.co.nz/home.html.
Here’s what renowned wine writer Sam Kim says about our wines:
Urlar Pinot Gris 2009 = 4.5 Stars
Fermented and matured in seasoned oak barrels, this is a complex wine displaying Chardonnay-like texture and mouthfeel with ripe stonefruit, citrus and a touch of vanilla characters. The wine shows lovely harmony and silkiness as well as good frame and structure. Very stylish Pinot Gris. At its best: now to 2012. 14% Screw cap. Grapes are grown using biodynamic principles and in conversion to organic certification.
Urlar Riesling 2010 = 4.5 Stars
This is pure, delicate and fragrant, displaying floral, lemon/lime and stonefruit characters on the nose. The palate is juicy and finely textured with a touch of sweetness (7.1 g/l) and bright acidity providing a lovely balance to this elegantly attractive wine. At its best: now to 2016. 12.5% Screw cap. Certified Organic.
Urlar Pinot Noir 2009 = 5 Stars
It’s delightfully fragrant on the nose displaying red/dark cherry, spice, dried herb and game characters. The palate is beautifully ripe and engaging with silky texture, excellent mid palate weight and fine, chalky tannins. An outstanding wine full of character and style, and shows lovely harmony and firm structure. At its best: now to 2015. 14.5% Screw cap. Grapes are grown using biodynamic principles and in conversion to organic certification.
Urlar Sauvignon Blanc 2010 = 4.5 Stars
This wine has complexity as well as excellent fruit intensity, displaying lifted aromas of musk, peach and fresh herbs. The palate is weighty and richly textured with a beautifully flowing mouthfeel and an expansive finish. A stylish Sauvignon with lovely pungency. At its best: now to 2013. 14% Screw cap. Certified organic.
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
We were very pleased to read in the latest edition of Winestate Magazine that our Urlar Pinot Noir 2009 was voted top Wairarapa Pinot Noir (equal with Palliser Estate’s Pinot Noir 2008). The judges were Michael Cooper, Simon Nunns and Corey Hall who awarded the maximum 5 stars. They wrote “Rich, instantly appealing wine from the northern Wairarapa, full-coloured and generous, deep and finely textured. Very ripe and savoury, with dense, sweet fruit and lovely weight, balance and length.”
Urlar’s Sauvignon Blanc 2010 also faired well with 4 stars; “‘Sweaty armpit’ aromas lead into a fleshy, well rounded, northern Wairarapa wine with ripe nectarine and passionfruit flavours, a hint of herbs, and excellent concentration.”
Wairarapa Harvest Festival
Monday, May 16th, 2011
The Harvest Festival is a high quality, annual event showcasing sensational wines and food from throughout the Wairarapa region.
The festival was held at the beautiful, sheltered riverside setting locally known as ‘The Cliffs’ on the banks of the Ruamahunga River. Its remoteness and vineyard setting is part of its appeal.
Angus is one of the founding board members of this event and Urlar has been involved with the Harvest Festival since it began 5 years ago and this year the organisers put on yet another spectacular day full of fun, food, wine and entertainment.
Click on this link to see what Raymond Chan said about this years event; http://www.wairarapawines.co.nz//home_pages/news_7_gallery/.
Tickets sell out fast so make sure you don’t miss next year’s Harvest Festival in the Wairarapa. It will be held on Saturday 10th March 2012. We look forward to seeing you there!