Clear pale lemon in colour. Opulent aromas of pineapple, tropical fruits, lemon balm and fresh cut herbs. Expect a generous and textual mouthfeel from the barrel ferment, minerality, juicy acidity and soft phenolics on the back palate.
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REVIEWS & ACCOLADES
Gold - Six Nations Wine Challenge
96 Points - Cameron Douglas MS
Fabulous nose with a complex mix of barrel ferment spices, honeysuckle and fresh citrus and white fleshed stone fruit aromas. Equally enticing on the palate with vibrant fruit and barrel led flavours, satin texture, plenty of acidity and long finish. A great example of where NZ SB is heading. Drink now and through 2024.
93 Points - Bob Campbell MW
Fermented with indigenous yeasts in old French oak barrels and barrel-aged on full yeast lees for six months. The result is a richly textural wine with more weight and flavour than I'd normally expect. The wine is savoury rather than fruity - good food sauvignon blanc.
18.5/20 - Raymond Chan
Full, light golden yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a fresh and firmly-packed nose with aromas of green stonefruits and gooseberries, along with nectarines and fresh herbs, and subtle suggestions of nut and spicy oak. The aromatics are balanced and show good intensity. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is fulsome and deep hearted with flavours of green stonefruits, nectarines and gooseberries along with fresh herbs and a little oak spice. The palate has good weight and mouthfilling presence, and the fruit is underlined by fine phenolic textures. The mouthfeel is enlivened by bright acidity lifting the herb ands florals, and the wine carries to a long and sustained finish. This is a fulsome and deep flavoured oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with green stonefruit and herb notes on a fresh, gently textured palate. Match with herb-marinated seafood and white meat dishes over the next 3+ years.