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Unison Classic Blend

Classic Blend 2007 Wine Advocate Oct 2009 Neal Martin 90/100
"....the 2007 Classic Blend has superb intensity on the nose: broody black fruit, boysenberry, hoi sin and a touch of tobacco....." July 2009
4 Stars and Consumers Choice
"This wine used to be simply called Unison. It has a habit of improving with age and this is no exception. That does not mean that it is not good now - it is excellent. There are intense blackcurrant/cassis aromas and flavours with minty undertones and tight, firm yet integrated tannins and well balanced oak characteristics. Consumers loved it.

Unison 2006

Hot Stuff and Cool picks - NZ Herald May 2008

A sturdy and well structured blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and syrah. Savoury, with notes of meat and smoke that meld with its ripe plum fruit and spice. (Jo Burzynska)

Otago Daily Times May 2008

4 Stars "...a harmonious wine with hints of berry fruit and blackcurrants, spice and toffee with savoury, mushroomy undertones supported by oak, and firm, slightly chewy tanins and a dry finish" (Charmian Smith)

Unison 2004
4.5 stars "… but unlike other boutique vineyards with big reputation, they don't charge the earth … deliciously concentrated with bright berry fruit …" (Charmian Smith - Dunedin)

Wine of the Week - "… Top wine of the tasting, and therefore Wine of the Week is Unison 2004 … the tannins are big, but beautifully fine grained and far more integrated than some of the other wines … as well as being the star wine in the taste, it was definitely the star buy from Hawke's Bay …" (Sue Courtney, Wine of the

5 stars "… the 2004 … beautifully rich, plumy and spicy, it is ripe and smooth, with lovely density and suppleness. (Michael Cooper Wine Guide 2007) (rated Value +)

Unison 2003
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Unison 2002
"What happens when a German viticulturist meets a New Zealand winemaker? Well first, there's love, then there's marriage, then there's Unison. Anna-Barbara and Bruce are bent on making top-caliber Bordeaux-style estate wines only … harmonious and mouthfilling, it bursts with plum, red currants and supportive vanilla spice flavours … satisfyingly long finish" (Lloyd Evans, Classic Catalogue, Canada)

"… It is an uncompromising, effective and appealing example of fine Hawke's Bay red wine …" (Tim Harris, NZ Herald)

"… red wine specialist Unison Vineyard, and their Unison 2002 is a savoury and sophisticated blend …" (Charles Gill, on wine)

"… It's [Unison's] wines are the closest thing to cult vintages that New Zealand has, and getting one's hands on a bottle can be a challenge. … the wines they do are worth the trip." (Travel & Leisure Magazine, U.S.A.)

5 stars "… boldly coloured, it has the distinctive bouquet of cassis, black pepper and slight earthiness, so typical of this label … noble tannins …" (Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide)

Unison 2001
"(90 points), highly recommended, a stunning wine" (Natalie MacLean's Nat Decants, Canada)

Selection of the Week: Unison 2001: "The 2001 is excellent, silky smooth, round and yet with a well-spined structure for the serious red wine lover …" (Peter Saunders, Hawke’s Bay Today)

Unison 2000
Unison 2000 was selected by Sue Courtney's internationally awarded wine website as a Wine of the Year 2001. (, January 2001)

Unison 2000 "… serious stuff." (Warren Barton, Dominion 100 Top Wines)

"Unison won a gold medal at this year's National Wine Awards. In doing so, it has restored the faith of at least one jaded critic in a system that has often seemed to reward obvious and ostentatious rather than sturdy, honest and reliable wine. Many NZ Bordeaux style wines lack the essential structure of the type. While every effort is made to maximize colour and aroma, little attention is paid to balance and texture. It should be ripe, well-balanced and workmanlike, and Unison 2000 is just that. It has a silky texture, a rich plumy bouquet and fine, ripe, well-defined tannin. It feels like an honest expression of its vineyard, and its wholesome character reflects the effort its makers put into their wines." (Tim Harris, Auckland Herald, December 2001)

Die Rotweine der neuen Generation: (Red wines of the new generation)
"Doch einige namhafte Produzenten sind mit von der Partie (Gimblett Gravels), etwa der Kleinbetrieb Unison mit seinen begeisternd aromatischen und samtigen Rotweinen. Sie unterstreichen die Glaubwuerdigkeit der Idee …"
"Some well-known producers are members of Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District, like the small winery Unison with their arrestingly aromatic and smooth red wines. They underline the credibility of this idea …" (Der Feinschmecker, June 2001)

Unison 1999
"… The 1999 vintage (*****) is another winner. …it's likely to be one of the top Hawke's Bay reds of the vintage." (Unison 1999)

"Unison 1999 … every vintage since the first in 1996 has produced a high quality red." (Bob Campbell MW, Cuisine Wine Annual, NZ, 2000)

Top 100 Wines "… worth every cent. Superb." (Warren Barton, The Dominion)

"… the Helliwells are highly successful red wine specialists, this latest vintage is outstanding and of 5 star standard …" (Stanley Harris, QSM, Wine & Food Society)

Unison 1998
"…The '98 shows the Helliwells' ability to create such stunning, brilliantly structured reds which can stand proud amongst the wine world's finest. It has to be one of NZ's most outstanding blended reds." (Unison 1998) (Stanley Harris QSM, Fed. of Wine & Food Socs, Sept 1999)

"… the 1998's are finely crafted wines …" (Decanter, Feb. 2001)

5 stars (Cuisine Magazine)

Top 100 wines "… big, powerful … could be difficult to find but worth looking for it" (Warren Barton, The Dominion)

5 stars "… very harmonious and mouthfilling, … warm tannins …" (Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide)

"Unison is a red wine specialist …" (Bob Campbell, Cuisine Magazine)

5 glasses (Vic William, Buyers Guide)

"Crikey, this is a good booze … . 'Bordeaux like' doesn't do it justice, it's more generous than that …" (Max Allen, Divine Magazine, Australia)

"… another red that is so obviously fine and serious …" (Jancis Robinson, Financial Times)

Unison 1997
5 stars "… highly concentrated, … rich flavours … beautifully balanced …" (Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide)

Top 100 wines: "Bruce and Anna-Barbara Helliwell are serious about the wine they produce …" (Warren Barton, The Dominion)

Unison 1996
Trophy: Merlot blend of the year 1998 (Unison 1996) (Winestate Magazine, Australia, October 1998)

5 stars "... a striking debut …" (Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide)

5 stars (Winestate Magazine)

Unison Estate Limited
2163 Highway 50, RD 5, Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand |Phone: +64 6 879-7913 | Fax: +64 6 879-7915 |

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