The Vineyard and Vines

The grapes were grown on a series of north facing gradually descending terraces in stony, freely draining soil. We especially ensured that there was good exposure of the fruit to ensure optimal ripening. This individual terroir is especially suited to semillon.    

The Season

The spring of 2009 leading into the 2010 summer was one of the warmest ever recorded so the vines got off to a good start with an early bud burst. Late spring and early summer however, were unseasonably cool and cloudy, sufficiently slowing the development of the grapes to cause us concern. The skies then cleared and we had three to four months of unbroken sunshine. This enabled us to leave the fruit on the vine to attain excellent maturity and ripeness. We make this Sauternes-style wine only in special years and 2010 was definitely one of these.

Harvest and Winemaking

We carefully hand selected only the most perfect, beautifully raisined, nobly botrytic semillon to produce this wine. The small amount of concentrated juice obtained by pressing was put into selected French artisan oak barriques and allowed to undergo natural fermentation by the grapes’ indigenous yeasts. The wine was then matured in these barriques for 2 years before the best were carefully blended to make this wine.

The Wine

The wine is a bright, golden colour and replete with aromas and flavours of dried apricots, honeysuckle, Christmas cake, toasted almonds, nougat and macaroons. In the mouth it is rich, concentrated, unctuous and luscious, but yet has beautiful acidity to keep it refined and balanced. The long, lingering after-taste has hints of toffee and honey.

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2011

" . . . deep gold, very sturdy, Sauternes-style wine. Lush and very sweet, with notably concentrated, peachy, honeyed flavours, and hints of apricots and raisins, . . . . hard to resist.
- Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide, NZ

2010

"….offers a pretty straw to light golden colour and aromas of preserved lemons, musk and pineapple pastry with a touch of dried herbs. Fully sweet and luscious in the mouth, it has a lovely satiny texture and plenty of expressive, somewhat earthy flavours marked by crisp acid and finishing long. Drink this one now to 2019+.
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, USA
"Powerful, ripe citrus fruit, honey and nutty oak elements fill the palate providing great depth and texture."
- Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz
"Densely packed, complex aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits … full-bodied and concentrated, this has layers of flavour that emerge in the glass. Powerful, ripe citrus fruit, honey and nutty oak elements fill the palate providing great depth and texture …. the wine finishing stylishly and with lingering waxy and nutty nuances … This is a concentrated Sauternes-style dessert wine with an array of flavours that will become more complex over the next 6- 8 years."
- Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide 2012, NZ
"Bright gold in colour, oozing toasted nuts, citrus, grapefruit and spices, with a hint of creamy caramel, intense, textural and complex.”
- Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, NZ
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