has judged wine professionally in twelve countries, contributes regularly to wine publications around the world and has lectured on wine in many countries. His speciality is New Zealand wine which he reviews from an international perspective. He gained his Master of Wine qualification in 2000.
Saint Clair Godfrey's Creek Reserve Marlborough NZ Gewurztraminer 2008
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Intense and luscious wine with classic Turkish delight and exotic lychee flavours plus a seasoning of spice/anise. Powerful wine with warmth and richness, it is certainly worthy of flagship status. Produced from a low-yielding vineyard in the Brancott Valley, the grapes were pressed quickly to avoid skin contact and promote a gentle texture. Flavours are ripe enough to move into the spicy end of the spectrum. The wine is moderately sweet, with 25 grams/litre of residual sugar, but perfectly balanced without any suggestion of cloying.
Tasted: Feb 2010 Closure: S'cap Average price: NZD $27 (~USD $23)
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