New Zealand is reknown for its mercurial climate, with frosts, tropical storms, extreme winds and drought keeping viticulturists and winemakers the length of the country on their toes. While most seem resigned to dealing with Mother Nature, it has always struck me that Waitaki seems to take pride, and actively promote itself, as being the most marginal of marginal climates. The temptation of the limestone/greywacke/schist soils to produce thrilling acid driven wines (in the best years) means winemakers seem happy to take the risk. Q Wines was planted in 2005, the first release in 2010. The wines are made by Anthony Worch.
2016 Q Wines Rosé
A very, very slightly off dry rosé made from pinot noir. Gently aromatic with red berry and cherry fruit and just a hint of florals too. A small percentage was aged in barrel, maybe this is what gives the subtle, attractive lick of pepper on the finish.
2015 Q Wines Pinot Gris
Restrained and subtle; fresh pear and apple with a touch of pastry crust too. There is an acid spine running through the wine and although the palate is creamy and textural, the finish is crisp and dry. Not a powerful wine but one with plenty of interest.
2015 Q Wines Pinot Noir
Sits nicely in the red fruited spectrum; cherry and ripe red plum. Medium bodied, the acidity keeps the wine fresh and focused and although there is quite a bit of new oak, it sits well in the wine rather than dominating. Drinking well now and over next few years.