James Suckling 95 Points!
#25 Top 50 New Zealand Wines of 2016 - James Suckling!
Wine Front 93+ Points!
James Suckling 95 points!
“A multi-layered wine that has waxy, dried meadow flowers on the nose with great fragrance. A little flint and spice come into play before this heads into stone-fruit territory and delivers plenty of citrus flavors and a complete, layered and smoothly rendered palate. Lots of glycerol and lots of flavor. A great wine. Drink now to 2020.”
James Suckling, December 2016
Wine Front 93+ points!
“This is sauvignon blanc from an organic, dry grown vineyard. All whole bunch, the bunches get put into a fermenter for 14 days, then pressed, then left on lees for 18 months. “There’s an argument to say, in a hand-of-man influence way, that removing the skins you’ve kind of already fined your white wine, you’ve removed the guts…”, offers winemaker Michael Glover, “I didnt come to New Zealand to make wine the way it should be, but the way it could be. The wine gods have given New Zealand sauvignon blanc, and not many have explored it. Not many have gone down this path. This is almost a political thing I am doing in NZ, right down to pricing, with costs the same as pinot noir, it should be respected the same way”. Amen.
It’s going to rattle some cages. Great volume of wild, fascinating scent. Leads with pepper, cumin, green herbs, preserved citrus. Smoky and flinty elements wrapped through just juicy then firm chalky texture. It’s incredibly lengthy in flavour, coiled and relentless in its layers. Fascinating and delicious, is the take home. Highly varietal yet so much more. This would be a gourmand’s best friend – the reach would be epic with so many dishes. Exciting.”
Mike Bennie, Wine Front, September 2016
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