(2019) Seems a touch leesy, wth a citrus peel touch of gripiness, but really it is still about the freshness and fruit refinement, from higher blocks this is also naturally fermented, with a richer, slightly earthier character, good mouthfeel, and still that long, tapering finish. Very bittersweet tang.
A touch of wood for this, 500-litre neutral barrels, from a single vineyard right at the top of the hill. The creaminess and a touch of flint on the nose, a really juicy palate, chalky and lightly saline in the finish, with penty of grapefruit, lovely acidity and balance. This finishes with lovely precision again, the natural yeast ferment helping give it presence. This vintage is sold out at Lay & Wheeler.
(2019) A blend of 86% Sauvignon with Semillon, named after the owner. A nicely restrained nose, the elegance of the understated Sauvignon character with 1/3 new oak, 1/3 second fill oak, 1/3 Noblot cement tank. There’s an interesting herbal - but not herbaceous character here - beautifully textured and concentrated, a yellow plum fleshiness and lots of lime rind texture and weight. A mouth filling wine, but lovely acidity. Note price and stockist at time of review are for an earlier vintage.
(2019) 100% Viognier from three blocks with different aspects, giving quite different characters, one shaded and the others facing the sun. 50/50 maturation in new French and second fill oak. Very good Viognier character, lots of ripe peach and nectarine fruit, a clean pear acidity and finishes full but not overwhelming. Price and stockist at time of review is for an earlier vintage.
(2019) Intensely aromatic, a selection of grapes from two small blocks. There is obvious concentration here, a melon and lime-skin gripiness, the palate also full and textured, a limpid and creamy mouthfeel, a big grapefruit and pithy acid grip too, a full-throttle example, with masses of texture and flavour. Is it a little overwhelming? It’s certainly a singular expression of Sauvignon Blanc. I cannot find a UK retail listing for this wine at time of review.
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