COLOUR A soft hint of yellow with green hues.
NOSE An intense herbeceous nose with great depth showing layers of tropical notes.
PALATE Lovely depth and texture, showing tropical fruit spectrum, rock melon, mango. Finishing with a long limey crispness.
CELLARING Drink now through to December 2024.
92 pts Wine Spectator Points
Harvest 2021 was about 8 days earlier than 2020 and kicked off on March 9th and was complete in 4 weeks finishing on April 9th. No two vintages are the same and this year the difference was the lower yield. Springtime flowering conditions weren’t favourable with cooler weather than usual leading to a large reduction in yield. Some late spring frosts occurred affecting some localised areas of Marlborough and contributed to the lower yielding 2021 vintage. However, we had great weather throughout the ripening period, lots of sunshine and cooler nights, and very little rain so there was no disease pressure and all varieties achieved fantastic ripeness and flavours, albeit small volumes.
These grapes were selected from our most premium vineyards up in the Waihopai Valley and Wairau valley to provide a complex base that gives the sensory experience of layers of complexity and enjoyment. Stainless steel fermentation at between 12°C to 16°C using selected aromatic yeasts retains varietal character while a short period of lees contact and a small portion fermented in oak barrels contributes texture and roundness.