4 Stars -- Cuisine Magazine
4 Stars -- Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier
Wine Orbit 93/100 points
IN THE GLASS
White peach and mandarin on the nose, echoed by orange blossom and subtle clove spice. The palate is soft and supple with a subtle savouriness and structure from understated phenolics that give length to the back palate and a soft spicy finish. Drink now or cellar for up to two years.
pH: 3.42, TA 4.70g/l, residual sugar: 0.71g/l, alcohol: 13.2%
The fruit was whole bunch pressed and the juice clarified through cold settling for three days. The juice was then racked off the lees and fermented in stainless steel, with 20% in seasoned French oak to add texture and complexity to the wine. A light fining and filtration was carried out prior to bottling.
The grapes were grown at our Dakins Road and Cliffs blocks. Crop levels were kept at conservative levels and the canopy was carefully managed to ensure the fruit got maximum sun exposure through the ripening season. The fruit was all picked by hand for optimal quality.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Wine Orbit 90/100 points
"A crowd-pleaser … This has all you want – white peach, pear, apricot and almond with musky and floral aromas. Lovely and inexpensive." NZ Herald Canvas February 2015
The wine has a complex nose of ripe pear, quince, apricot and orange peel with a subtle spice and toasted hazlenuts note. A hint of citrus blossom, cloves and nutmeg spice is followed by a rich, velvety palate with a long finish. Enjoy with paella, chicken curry or Thai style stir fries. Drink now or cellar for two years.
pH: 3.38, TA 5.19g/l, residual sugar: 3.38g/l, alcohol: 14.3%
This juice was fermented in stainless steel to capture the clean fruit flavours with a portion fermented in older oak barrels to broaden the palate and add complexity. Extended lees contact was used to enhance the palate and structure.
The grapes were grown at the Boyd, Manaia Road, Home and Cliffs blocks. The crop is kept low to enhance the fruit flavours. The fruit was harvested by block to maintain each site's specific character.
Gold Medal TheFiftyBest.com April 2016
Silver Medal International Wine Challenge 2015
4 stars/87 points Wine Orbit
3 stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
The wine has a rich tropical and floral nose of nectarine, lemon blossom, ripe meyer lemon and elderflower. The gently textured palate is smooth and full flavoured. Its delicate citrus finish and soft minerality reflect the terroir and give structure and longevity. Drink now or cellar for the next three years.
pH: 3.13, TA 7.18g/l, residual sugar: 1.6g/l, alcohol: 13%
Hand-picked fruit was gently whole-bunch pressed, while machine-harvested fruit was allowed some skin contact to extract more flavour. The press fraction was kept separate from the free run juice. The juice was cold settled for three days before being racked off the sediment and fermented in stainless steel tanks. We used very different fermentation temperatures to give each batch a chance to express itself more freely. After fermentation, the batches were kept on the lees for an extended period with fortnightly stirring to promote palate weight. A small component (about 10%) of barrel-fermented wine was blended to give extra texture and weight to the wine.
The fruit was either hand-picked or machine-harvested depending on the site. The grapes were grown at our Carters, Dakins Road, and Home blocks. The Dakins Road block is situated on stony river alluvial soils and the Home block on slightly heavier silty loam. The Home block vines are 25 years old, giving great texture and weight to the final wine.
SOPHIE's CHOICE 2014
4.5 stars Michael Cooper
4.5 stars/91 points Wine Orbit
4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
"It's a food wine. It's a winemaker's wine. It's different. It's worth trying for those reasons." Ewan Sargent, Dominion Post November 2015
IN THE GLASS
The wine has gentle aromas of sandalwood and pear. The palate is broad and rich, with soft pear, gentile spice and ginger. It has great textural weight, and the oak complexity complements rather than dominates the fruit. This is a beautiful food wine. The mineral backbone provides structure while juicy acidity gives the wine a long finish. Drink now, or cellar for five years.
pH: 3.17, TA 6.406g/l, residual sugar: 1.62g/l, alcohol: 12.5%
IN THE WINERY
The fruit was gently pressed, cold settled and racked to French oak barrels for fermentation and aging. Four months in barrel added palate weight, texture and complexity. The wine was then racked to tank and blended with a portion of tank-fermented sauvignon blanc. The blend was matured in stainless steel for a further five months before bottling.
76% barrel, 24% tank, with about 5% malolactic fermentation.
IN THE VINEYARD
The grapes were grown at our Carters, Dakins Road and Home blocks. These sites are largely river gravel and stones, which give great richness as well as typical minerality to the wine. The wines are all meticulously cared for and the fruit is harvested at optimal ripeness for each block.