(2020) From a small, biodynamically-run family vineyard in Marlborough, this is a blend of fruit from two vineyards that was destemmed and sorted, then fermented in small, open tanks. The wine was in barrel for 11 months, all French oak and 30% new. Beautiful colour, pale-ish garnet with a hint of violet. Fragrant, bright nose, though there is some chocolate and coffee, it's mostly floral and red-fruited a little bracken note too. There's a keen, decisive edge of acidity on the palate, a lemony grip that slices through the raspberries and cream. Quite crisp in the finish, lingering on fruit and accurate acidity. Made from Able and Clone 5 clones. Importer: Les Caves de Pyrene.
(2020) A desire to make Bordeaux-style wines is one thing that fuelled Hans Herzog's move from Switzerland, and thankfully this is a beautiful blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Very juicy, intense, a nice level of green pepper and herbs from the Franc, meaty, nutty and a plummy too. Balsamic, plummy and very grippy, as always, strong acidity and very grippy tannins and concentration, but ripe and fine.
(2020) Quite pale, fragrant, cherry and clove, tobbaco spices, the dry cherry fruit wrapped in some thyme and dried herbs. Firm tannins, but long and sweet-fruited, deliciously long and spicy/fruity finish. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
(2020) Deep but soft colour, lovely spicy nose with some rhubarb and beetroot character, clove and a touch of something floral, red fruits too. In the mouth silky textured and creamy, with plenty of keen, bright fruit, raspberry and some cherry moving into plum, a little spice and chocolate and the oak adding more silky depth. Lovely acidity, cherry fresh and clean in the finish.
(2020) Softer in colour and in aromatics than the Byrne vineyard, but does have a little of the tomato leaf character, but soft mushroom and truffle notes too, leafy and nicely herbal and vegetal. Some soft brown sugar notes too. The fruit is sweeter and more developed on the palate, but has that sourness on the finish, that tang of blood orange. No UK retail stockist at time of review.
(2020) Quite a solid fairly deep red. Perfume to spare, floral, red cherry and rose hip, a solidity of fruit just touched with clove and spice, but the flowing perfume. Intense, concentrated a touch of meaty reduction. Just a glorious wine, perfumed, fruit, silky structured and spicy. Price and stockist quoted at time of review are for a full case, but bottle equivalent price quoted.
(2020) From a vineyard that has been organically grown from day one, planted by Giesen in the Southern Valleys. Mostly wild ferment, with plunge downs, but otherwise hands-off winemakeing. A slightly resinous quality here, then the fruit becomes very sweet on the palate, sweet and spicy, and grippy in the finish. Tangy, a lot of nice juiciness to the finish. Price and stockist at time of review is for the previous vintage.
(2020) This spends 15 months in oak, 40% new, and the best barrels. A meaty aroma here, the colour just developing a touch of maturity on the rim, the fruit sweet and full, a lusciousness here for sure, lots of sweet, voluptuous fruit, lots of spice from the barrels. And long and firm in the fnish. Delicious.
(2020) Hugely deep crimson/black colour, and beautifully dense, balsamic and graphite characters, rich and sweet fruit, lovely suede-like tannins. A little currant character, but such a depth of blueberry giving wonderfully bittersweet intensity. No UK retail stockists at time of review.