THE LANDING CHARDONNAY 2015
‘Bright, even, yellow colour with lemon-green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is full with aromas of fresh and ripe citrus fruit and yellow stonefruits entwined with nutty oak at the core, unveiling soft and subtle creamy barrel-ferment notes. The aromatics possess intensity and good freshness. Medium-full bodied, the palate has an elegantly concentrated heart of yellow stonefruit intermixed with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty complexity. The mouthfeel is fresh with excellent clarity, the palate with finesse, good acid cut, and drive. This has linearity, carrying the flavours of stonefruits, citrus fruits and nuts to a long and sustained finish. This is a fresh and bright citrussy Chardonnay with fine oaking and a bright, lively mouthfeel. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 5+ years.’
5 Stars, 18.5/20, Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz
‘This elegant wine was grown at a coastal Northland site and barrel-fermented. Mouthfilling, it is rich and complex, with concentrated, ripe, citrusy, peachy flavours, overlaid with smoky oak (French, 30% new). Enjoyed by all panellists. Drink now-2018.’
4 Stars, Winestate Magazine,winestate.com
THE LANDING CHARDONNAY 2016
’‘Bright, light golden-hued yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly fresh and full, with deep and concentrated aromas of ripe tropical fruit and citrus fruits, along with savoury mealy notes, creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak elements, unfolding a gentle layering of butterscotch MLF aromas. Medium-full bodied, the palate has good depth of ripe citrus and tropical fruits entwined with yellow stonefruits, complexed by creamy barrel-ferment, nutty oak, savoury mealiness and subtle butterscotch MLF. The mouthfeel is rounded, rich and succulent with some acid liveliness, and the wine carries to a sweet-fruited finish of tropical fruits and nutty oak. This is a ripe, sweet tropical and citrus-fruited Chardonnay with creamy and nutty oak, savoury mealy detail on a rich palate.’
4 Star, 18/20, Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz
THE LANDING SYRAH 2013
‘Syrah wines all performed within expectations, each with 10% of the entries in each class awarded gold medals. Hawke’s Bay dominated all of these varieties, with one Syrah coming from Waiheke Island and one from the Bay of Islands.’
Golden Medal, Royal Easter Wine Awards, wineshow.co.nz
‘Full, dark, black-hued red, near impenetrable, with slight purple hues. The nose is softly full with gentle, near ethereal aromatics, featuring a black-fruited core with earth and mineral nuances, and some savoury dried herb and secondary earthy notes appearing. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rounded with a good core of ripe blackberry fruit harmoniously intermixed with savoury earthy notes and slight secondary dried herb elements. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, with fine-grained tannin extract and balanced acidity. The fruit has drive and line, carrying to a taut, fine-textured, lingering finish. This is a harmonious, fine-textured Syrah with some savoury secondary nuances. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked red meat dishes over the next 6+ years.
4 Star 18/20 points, Raymond Chan, raymondchanwines.co.nz
‘Maturing well, this coastal Northland red was matured in French oak casks (33% new). The colour is deep and youthful; the palate dense and smooth-flowing, with concentrated plum, spice and slight licorice flavours, and a finely structured finish. Best drinking 2019+. One judge scored it five stars.’
4.5 Stars, Winestate Magazine, winez.com
‘The impressive 2013 vintage, grown at The Mountain Landing Vineyard, in Northland, was matured for 18 months in French oak barrique. The colour is deep and purple-flushed; the palate is powerful, sweet-fruited and concentrated, with dense, ripe, plummy, spicy flavours, showing good structure and complexity. Already approachable, it’s likely to be at its best 2017+’.
4 Stars, Michael Cooper, michaelcooper.co.nz
THE LANDING SYRAH 2014
‘Very dark, deep, black-hearted red with slight purple hues, near impenetrable. The nose is firm with packed dark-red and black fruits entwined with minerally reduction, unveiling black pepper, spices, earth and floral elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate is firm and tightly bound with a deep and elegantly concentrated core of b lack-berried fruit entwined with spice and liquorice notes, black pepper, and hints of minerally reduction. The palate has fine-grained tannin extraction with balanced, integrated acidity. The wine has good linearity and drive, leading to an elegant finish. This is an elegantly concentrated, tightly bound, black-fruited Syrah with some minerally reductive notes on a fine-grained palate. Match with lamb, beef or venison dishes over the next 6-8 years.’
4 Stars, 18/20 Points, Raymond Chan, raymondchanwines.co.nz
THE LANDING PINOT GRIS 2017
Bright, even straw-yellow colour with a touch of blush, lighter on the edge. The nose is softly full and voluminous with good depth of ripe white and yellow stonefruits along with soft, fragrant florals and honeysuckle. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has rich, up-front avours of ripe yellow stonefruits and exotic florals, with honied elements. The flavours are mouth filling and moderately deep, and ow smoothly along a soft-textured line balanced by fresh acidity. The flavours carry to a long, lingering, dry-textural nish showing stonefruits and honey. This is a softly full and moderately deep off-dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral and honied flavours, and a soft, textural palate. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3+ years. First crop Pinot Gris fruit from ‘The Landing’ vineyard.
4 Stars, 18/20 Points, Raymond Chan, October 2017, raymondchanwines.co.nz
A lovely off-dry style, the fragrant bouquet shows poached pear, rockmelon, orange peel and spice aromas, followed by a succulent palate that is elegantly weighted and smooth. The wine offers youthful fruit flavours and rounded mouthfeel, with subtle sweetness, leading to a lingering fruity nish. At its best: now to 2019.
4.5 Stars, 90/20 Points, Sam Kim Consulting, October 2017, winebit.co.nz
THE LANDING ROSE 2017
‘Bright, light strawberry pink colour with some depth, and slight purple hues on the rim, pale edged. The nose is fresh with light and tightly bound aromas of savoury quince, red cherry and cranberry fruit with bright red florals and subtle mouthwatering mineral notes, Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has light quince and cranberry flavours, with red floral notes and thirst-quenching mineral nuances. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively, and the wine flows with good energy and zest, along a fine line of subtle textures, leading to a light, dry finish of quince and florals. Serve as an aperitif, or with antipasto over the next 2 years. This dry rosé has quince, cranberry and strawberry flavours on a fresh and lively palate.’
4 Stars, 17/20 Points, Raymond Chan,November 2017, raymondchanwines.co.nz
‘This is generously fruited and fragrant on the nose showing red apple, raspberry, orange peel and floral characters. The palate is succulent and rounded, and offers attractive fruit intensity and silky texture, leading to a lengthy refreshing finish.’
4.4 Stars, 90/20 Points, Sam Kim Consulting, November 2017, winebit.co.nz