(2020) A very unusual, but highly successful, blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Manseng, Traminer and Semillon from the coastal Maremma, fermented with wild yeasts and only a very small percentage spending a few months in larger French oak barrels. The Sauvignon is vivacious and bright on the nose, but with a candied quality and a little buttery richness too, so it is both vivid and rounded. In the mouth beautifully sweet and ripe orchard and stone fruit flavours have great freshness thanks to the cool, lightly salty, lime-streaked acidity. Lovely.
(2020) Elston is a single vineyard, and this is 100% barrel fermented, with 100% malolactic fermentation. Creamy, oatmeal and a touch of vanilla, but the lemon and gentle peach flavours, grapefruit and mandarin orange acid is assertive but generous into a long finish. Substantial and yet elegant. Available from quoted stockist at time of review, by the six-bottle case.
(2020) Cape Crest is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, with around 10% - 15% of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris, made in immersion barrels, with three months battonage. Immersion barrels are made with a special technique that extracts tannin from the oak, resulting in a softer character being imparted to the wine. A touch of Jack Daniels, oatmeal and cream, the palate quite waxy with some leafy, soft herbs, an attractive and balanced wine. Price and stockist quoted for the 2018 vintage at time of review.
(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) Made in 500 litre French oak puncheons (50% new) with natural yeast fermentation. Bold lemony colour, again has that touch of yeast, light earthness, chalky mineral character too. Melon skin and lemon rind, that touch of phenolic, delicious, textural character again, A hint of bitter orange and a terrific length and acidity. No UK retail stockist listed at time of review.
(2020) Classic Viognier, apricot and apricot kernel, a smooth almond touch, creamy in the background. Has a touch of flintiness and stony character, lots of cool fruit and fabulous acidity that keeps everything taut. Another superb and individualistic wine.
(2020) Vineyards for this Southern Rhone blend are grown on the hottest block of pure gravel and sand at an extremely low yield. Blend is 60% Viognier, 20% each of Roussanne and Marsanne. Beautiful glowing gold. There's more tropical fruit and a lemon confit character, again that little touch of flint and great zestiness, a lovely sweet roundness to this, but the striking phenolics and acid of the apple core dryness is so fine. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
(2020) Bone dry Sauvignon, marching to a different beat from many in Marlborough. Golden delicious apple and citrus aromas, a little nutty almond yeastiness. The palate dry and full of fat, lemony fruit and acidity into a lightly saline finish. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
(2020) Aged for nine months in French oak puncheons, on fine lees, nevertheless this is probably the most orthodox of the wines so far aromatically, with beeswax and stones, flint, lime and lemon. A terrific, weighty, lightly oily wine on the palate with a beautiful balance and great clarity into its intense finish. Six years under its belt and just hitting its stride. No UK retail stockists at time of review.