(2021) From the Limeworks block, this was feremented and spent around 11 months in oak barrels (20% of which was new American oak). Cashew, crushed almond and oatmeal on the nose, there's a generosity and inviting ripeness to this, only 12.5% alcohol, but a peachy fruit character as well as lime. On the palate the oak is very nicely handled, just adding a nutty and creamy flavour and texture, but the freshness and poise of the fruit is elegant and quite delicious. No UK retail listing at time of review.
(2021) The cuvée's name means 'gold', and indeed there is a pale gold colour with flecks of green to this Chardonnay, whole bunch pressed into French oak, with fermentation with indigenous yeasts followed by 11 months in barrel with bâtonnage. There's a distinctive flintiness and creamy Brazil nut oakiness, but the fruit is cool and precise - more orchard fruit than tropical for sure. In the mouth a Seville orange or even orange bitters bite to this is set against quite a ripe, fleshy mid-palate fruit, that buttery and nutty oak reasserting in the finish, though matched by the freshness. Impressive stuff from winemaker Julianne Brogden, who works with selected grape growers to craft her small batch wines. No UK retail stockist at time of review.
(2020) Very much on the flinty, reductive side for sure, lots of gravel and tension, salty mineral-flecked fruit. The palate has lovely sweetness, moving into mango and lychee, a delicious rounding but subtle oak and a long, beautifully balanced acid finish. NO UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) Bold colour, lots of creaminess and toast, a lovely rounded character with great ripeness, peaches and cream, a juicy generous lime and orange acidity and a touch of buttery oak to ease the finish.
(2020) Sulphides notes turned down a little compared to some, but fresh and fragrant, a floral character, plenty of light, fresh and tangy fruit. Clean and delicately oaked in a Chablis style, but orange and peach comes through.
(2020) The recipe here is full malolactic, fermented and aged in French oak, with both wild and cultured yeasts and a selection of the best fruit. It is elegantly creamy on the nose, a sheen of almond to ripe melon and more exotic, peachy aromas. In the mouth the acidity is lovely: quite fat and lemony, generous, with the little bit of grippiness and earthiness from the wild ferment playing against the succulence of the fruit. Delicious and highly drinkable Chardonnay. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) Inspired by the coastal vineyards of Te Awanga, 50% was fermented in 500-litre oak puncheons and 50% in stainless steel. Peaches and stone fruits, passion fruit and star fruit, talcumy notes and then a big blast of orange and pink grapefruit on the palate with mouth-filling, ripe acidity. Price and stockist quoted are for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) Wild ferment, with full solids. Nutty and has more of the wild yeast funk, herbs, light earth, just a touch of flint, the palate bursts with sweet peach juice and ripe pear, then acid kicks in, pithy and strong, a touch of flint. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) Very delicate, almond and oatmeal nose, melon and pear, stone and orchard fruit aromas. The palate has juicy and dry fruit, orchard fruits, and a nice subtle oak component into a long very tangy and citrus finish with a touch of saline in the acids. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) Fascinating nose, with the apricot and very ripe pear aromatics, the 100% barrel ferment and wild yeast giving creaminess, a bit of skin contact. Nutty, but then quite exotic lychee notes to the fruit profile, floral too. Packed with flavour, packed with interest. I really liked this, but no UK retail stockists listed at time of review.