Naturally low levels of crop resulted from frequent blustery winds over flowering. The season was otherwise excellent and produced beautifully ripened semillon, from which this wine is made. Over the late autumn and winter the berries developed botrytis. We then hand picked the fruit by making multiple passes over the same small block, selecting only the most perfectly noble and shrivelled berries on each occasion. The harvest started in May and finished near the end of July, (equivalent to January in the northern hemisphere) which must be almost a world record for a late harvest wine!                                                                      

Being made from the principal variety of the Sauternes region in France we used that district’s traditional wine making methods. The small amount of highly concentrated sticky juice that we were able to extract from the raisined grapes was fermented in French oak barriques and subsequently left to mature in these for two years before bottling. The juice was so syrupy that the yeast could not ferment all of the sugar, leaving the wine with delicious natural sweetness.                                                

It has a complex interplay of floral, candied fruit, marzipan, bush honey, vanilla pod and toasted almond characters. It seems to expand on the palate to become unctuous, mouth filling and luscious, yet a counterfoil of refreshing acidity keeps it perfectly balanced and prevents any cloying. The aromas and flavours linger on the palate long after it is swallowed.

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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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