A mild spring followed by a hot summer and a warm, lingering autumn added up to make a perfect season for dessert wines. A portion of chardonnay, which was allowed to become fully botrytic late in the season, was carefully hand selected to make this wine.                           

The techniques used were those that are traditional of Sauternes. After harvest a small amount of juice was pressed from the already shrunken berries and then fermented in French oak barriques. Because of the high levels of natural sugars fermentation stopped while there was still residual sweetness in the wine. It was then left to age in barrel, eventually being blended to taste, and bottled 2 years after harvest.                                                   

It is a fully golden colour and redolent with wisps of honeycomb, peaches, apricots, vanilla, spice and toasted almonds. The wine is multi-layered, complex, luscious and concentrated, but has a backbone of natural acid to keep it balanced and prevent cloying. It gradually expands in the mouth becoming full and rich with a lingering ethereal after-taste.

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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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