Reviews

Crossroads Milestone Series Chardonnay

CROSSROADS MILESTONE SERIES CHARDONNAY 2012

Sam Kim10 November 2013

Wine Orbit

"An immediately appealing chardonnay, the fragrant bouquet shows ripe peach, citrus and vanillin oak aromas, leading to a succulent palate that's fruit
expressive and smooth to the finish. It's generous and flavoursome. At its best: now to 2016."

4.5 Stars and 91/100

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Chardonnay

CROSSROADS WINEMAKERS COLLECTION CHARDONNAY 2011

Sam Kim10 November 2013

Wine Orbit

"A powerful rendition, the gloriously complex bouquet shows mango, stone fruit, roasted nuts and vanilla characters, followed by a concentrated and
richly textured palate. It's superbly long and velvety with a creamy finish. A sumptuous chardonnay that keeps on giving. At its best: now to 2017."

5 Stars and 94/100

Crossroads Milestone Series Merlot

CROSSROADS MILESTONE SERIES MERLOT 2012

Sam Kim10 November 2013

Wine Orbit

"A lovely medium-bodied merlot, the fragrant bouquet shows dark plum, floral and hints of dried herb and roasted nut characters. It's ripe and nicely textured on the palate with fine, gently drying tannins providing a pleasing dry finish. A well-proportioned red. At its best: now to 2016."

4 Stars and 86/100

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah

CROSSROADS WINEMAKERS COLLECTION SYRAH 2012

Sam Kim10 November 2013

Wine Orbit

"It's pristine and pure on the nose displaying dark plum, blueberry, floral and subtle cedary oak aromas. The palate is concentrated and finely textured, and shows lovely poise and balance. The wine is refined and stylish, and promises to develop beautifully. At its best: now to 2018."

5 Stars and 93/100

Crossroads Milestone Series Syrah

CROSSROADS MILESTONE SERIES SYRAH 2012

Sam Kim10 November 2013

Wine Orbit

"This youthful syrah shows lovely perfumed aromas of dark plum, blueberry, floral and mixed spice on the nose, followed by a succulent palate that's beautifully weighted and fruited. It's supple, smooth and very appealing. At its best: now to 2018."

4.5 Stars and 91/100

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Cabernet Franc

CROSSROADS WINEMAKERS COLLECTION CABERNET FRANC 2010

Stephen Spurrier15 May 2013

Decanter Magazine June 2013

This is an outstanding Cabernet Franc with wild raspberry aromas, great freshness and a surprisingly plummy depth. Drink 2014-2020.

Crossroads Milestone Series Syrah

CROSSROADS MILESTONE SERIES SYRAH 2011

SILVER15 May 2013

Sommelier Wine Awards 2013

"Red and black fruits on the nose with white pepper, cloves, a touch of tar, and a forest-like earthiness. With oak to the fore, plums and chocolate mix with vanilla and a hint of spice on the palate. 'Nice rich fruitcake character,' said team leader Angela Reddin."

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Cabernet Franc

CROSSROADS WINEMAKERS COLLECTION GIMBLETT GRAVELS CABERNET FRANC 2010

Raymond Chan15 February 2013

RAYMONDCHANWINEREVIEWS.CO.NZ

“Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour with ruby hues. This has a full and powerful nose with ripe black cherry and earthy, dark raspberry aromas, unfolding fragrant and lifted blackcurrant notes. Ethereal spicy oak and savoury cedar aromatics add complexity and interest. Full-bodied, broad, open and fulsome flavours of sweet, dark red berry fruits are interwoven with iron-earth nuances. Layers of detail unfold, showing dark plums, spices, dried herb and tobacco, the oaking quite discreet. The extraction is significant, but the tannins very fine and powdery, with the acid very much in balance, providing freshness and lift. The palate has a very long and sustained finish. This is a fulsome Cabernet Franc with ethereal complexities and the structure to evolve over the next 8-10 years. Serve with stews, casseroles and slow-cooked meat dishes. 85% Cabernet Franc with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from the ‘Mere' vineyard, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 20 months in 91% French and 9% American oak barriques, of which 45% were new. 4 Stars18.5+/20.”

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah

CROSSROADS WINEMAKERS COLLECTION GIMBLETT GRAVELS SYRAH 2010

Raymond Chan15 February 2013

RAYMONDCHANWINEREVIEWS.CO.NZ

“Fruit from the ‘Elms' vineyard, destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 27% new French oak barriques. Very full, near saturated black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is full and voluminous in presence, but stylishly restrained in expression, showing ripe black berry fruits with subtle black pepper aromas, along with complexing mineral and dark spice notes that emerge. Medium-full bodied, this has very good weight and substantial mouthfeel, the flavours of black fruits, Asian spices, black pepper and oak all harmonious in presentation and somewhat brooding. Very fine-grained tannins and soft, background acidity are in support, the wine possessing refined structure and good energy. The flavours of spicy black fruits carry through to a very long and lingering finish that builds in richness. Serve with roasted and grilled game meat over the next 6-8+ years. 5 Stars 18.5/20.”

Crossroads Milestone Series Chardonnay

CROSSROADS MILESTONE SERIES CHARDONNAY 2011

Raymond Chan15 February 2013

RAYMONDCHANWINEREVIEWS.CO.NZ

“Fruit from ‘Kereru', ‘Home Block' and ‘Southbank', barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months on lees in 35% new French oak barriques, with 41% undergoing MLF. Bright, full straw-gold in colour, a little lighter on rim. The bouquet is softly pack with concentrated aromas of ripe, lightly savoury citrus fruits along with attractive layers of nutty oak and flinty interest. Medium-full bodied, softly presented and gentle flavours of citrus fruit are harmoniously entwined with spicy oak and flinty detail. This has good weight and presence, and a creaminess to the mouthfeel, lifted by some acid zestiness. The flavours grow, becoming bight, crisp and lively on a long and sustained finish. Match with roasted poultry, pork and veal over the next 4+ years. 4 Stars 17.5/20.”

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah

CROSSROADS WINEMAKERS COLLECTION GIMLETT GRAVELS SYRAH 2010

Peter McCombie MW1 February 2013

DECANTER MAGAZINE

“…nice peppery flavours. With air, tannis are smooth and perfumed fruit emerges. Drink 2013-2017.”

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah

CROSSROADS WINEMAKERS COLLECTION SYRAH 2010

Jancis Robinson23 January 2013

JANCISROBINSON.COM

"Dark crimson. Attractive hint of black pepper with a dash of leather, some ripe fruit but some freshness too. It's already a good drink though is not hurtling to the grave. Sprightly. 16.5 pts."