(2021) Made with a proportion of barrel fermentation, this is an aromatic AlbariÃ±o which, tasted blind, I might have guessed as Sauvignon Blanc I confess, punchy and vicacious aromas with a touch of elderflower and tropical fruit. On the palate a cool, salty character helps subdue that, but it remains a particularly bright and vivacious take on AlbariÃ±o with more punch and verve than a typical Galician example, which you will like more or less depending on your taste I guess.
(2020) Lots of herbal notes here, fennel and parsley and a touch of nectarine and lime, orange and such a saline finish to this, delicious. So tangy and mouthwatering, a really nice style. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
(2020) Roses and floral and herbal notes, an expressive Gewurz, the palate has fat and weight, an oily texture and a lovely pithy lemon and grapefruit fruit and acidity. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
(2020) Fermented with indigenous yeasts, this is more restrained than a typical Marlborough SB for sure, fresh, with touches of florals its to limey fruit, lemon and lime rind, salty in the finish, lots of tang and energy with a dry finish. Price and stockist quoted at time of review are for the 2018 vintage.
(2016) A natural wine with minimal sulphur, long skin contact and closed with a beer bottle-style crown cap. Clear, yellow colour, fresh orchard fruits, clean but not hugely aromatic, still a pleasing orange and sprightly Cox's pippin fruitiness. Long and tangy, this has plenty of crunch and zipping acidity, and is a fine alternative Sav Blanc from New Zealand.
(2016) A delightful Sauvignon from Craggy's Hawke's Bay estate, this is the essence of grapefruit on the nose: the fresh squeezed mix of juicy tropicality and zesty freshness, a hint of green bean and elderflower, then carrying through onto the palate with a hint of luscious lychee and mango, but that grapefruit zest and zing powers through into a beautifully balanced, dry finish.