Cool weather during the flowering period of the grapes led to a small crop setting on the vines. This has given the wine extra concentration and character. There was good heat summation over the rest of the growing season, but it was not excessively hot. These conditions favoured the development of rich, varietal characters and the retention of good levels of acidity in the grapes, which were picked in perfect condition.

Both the sauvignon blanc, which makes up 70% of the blend, and the semillon, underwent natural fermentation by their indigenous yeasts. They were then aged separately on their natural yeast lees for 9 months to help develop structure, flavour complexity and length of palate. During this time the sauvignon blanc was in tank to help retain its vibrant fruit freshness, while the semillon was kept in old oak barriques to tease our flavour nuances and flesh out the body. The final assemblage or blend, was decided by taste.

The wine has an aroma of turkish musk, exotic spices and tropical fruits, such as lychees, paw paw and passionfruit, overlying an impression of gooseberry. These come through in the palate where there are also lemon and lime flavours from the semillon. It has a good depth of fruit with a tightly focused long, lingering finish. It is funky but delicious. While ready to drink on release, the semillon will give the wine longevity and the ability to develop extra nuances on cellaring.


“More complex and animated than most New Zealand sauvignons.”
- Steve Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, USA
This label has received the highest score (95/100) given to any new world Sauvignon based wine in the history of Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, USA

2012

94/100
"This wine has excellent fruit freshness, complexity balance and length. Oatmeal, stone fruit and tropical fruits with complexity. In the mouth a complex cascading quince citrus and finishing lychee awash in tropical zesty acidity with fresh ripe citrus, passionfruit, guava, lemon and pink grapefruits all offering flavours to drive exceptional length and complexity.
- Rob Geddes MW Author of Australia Wine Vintages
”The fruit richness is balanced and cut by crisp acidity, and the palate is elegant in proportion with a fine phenolic line smoothly carrying the wine. As the wine flows, the palate tends to dryness and the flavours lead to a long, lingering finish. This is an elegantly concentrated Sauvignon/Semillon blend with fresh, fruit and a fine linearity and dry mouthfeel. …”
- Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz
This is a seriously powerful white wine and clearly semillon is an excelsior in the blend; wonderfully decedent and invigorating, drinking well now but you can sense with its unbridled power and cut it will cellar for 10 years or more.
- Curtis Marsh, www.thewanderingpalate.com
A serious and muscular Sauvignon dominant blend with ripe green fruits and a complex smoky, flinty element.
- Wine NZ magazine

2011

92/100
Pale straw-tinged yellow. Complex, bracing aromas of gooseberry, white pepper, ginger, quinine, crushed stone and dusty herbs, plus a hint of lanolin. Broad, spicy and quite dry, with firm acidity giving excellent cut to the subtle flavors of citrus fruits and floral oils; more concentrated than the overwhelming majority of New Zealand's sauvignon-based wines. The long finish features a bitter-edged grapefruit note that calls for a year or two of patience.
- Steve Tanzer, www.internationalwinecellar.com, USA
The flavours lead to a very long, lingering, tightly bound finish. This is a very elegant, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc based wine with very fine textures and complex flavours.
- Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz
This is one of the country’s best sauvignon blancs, but not as you normally know it. A little Semillon in this blend goes a long way towards creating a rainbow of flavours…The result is complex, fascinating flavours with richness, depth and length to burn.
- Joelle Thompson, Your Weekend magazine, NZ
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