(2020) Hand harvested, fruit chosen for extra ripeness, barrel fermented and aged in 1000-litre foudre. From two vineyards, one near Cloudy Bay, one dry-grown. A nice touch of flint and smokiness to the pastry and sweet fruit. Plenty of sweet fruit, edging into tropical, but fresh cut pear and apple to the acid. Excellent. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) This spends 11 months in French oak, 30% new. Lovely nose of buttery Brazil nut and a touch of nougat, plenty of peach juiciness. The palate is smooth and elegant, the peachy fruit is there, but cut by sweet and ripe lime and a citrus - not sharp, there’s a clean but generous acid profile. Price and stockist is for a different vintage at time of review.
(2020) Punching its way out of the glass with its vivacious fruit, with citrus and ripe, juicy pear. The palate has huge juiciness and touch of pepper and spice in the finish. A lovely and appealing wine, mixing easy-drinking approachability with a bit of texture and flavour complexity. Price and stockist is for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) Lovely sweetness suggested over the limey pure fruit. A tiny bit of a kerosene or waxy character in the background, some floral notes. Beautiful fruit, luscious and peachy, but then the tension of apple cores and citrus, a fantastic acidity streaming to the finish. Price and stockist is for a previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) What a terrific wine, just starting to mature. A blend of 70/30 Sauvigon and Semillon, the Semillon fermented and matured in all new French oak. Lovely nose, a bit of herbaceous character, a bit of oily green bean, the creaminess of the background oak, there is a burst of fruit, the lemon and lime jelly acidity is truly lovely. It's three years since I tasted this last, and it has put on a little weight and complexity since. No UK stockist at time of review.
(2020) Hand harvested, a vineyard selection, whole-cluster pressed and fermented with wild yeast in old barrels, skin contact minimal to avoid overt herbaceousness. Certainly has a more obvious direct fruitiness, mango and paw paw, a light earthiness, juicy, with passion fruit and and juicy apples and citrus in the finish. Price and stockist is for a previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) Properly reductive, flint and gunsmoke nose, a punch of lemon, then the palate has a dry thrust of citrus. Plenty of punch and power, and the palate flows with the cleansing acid and layers of barrel, flint and fruit. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
(2020) Gentle creaminess to the nose here, has quite a Burgundian character, with just a light touch of leesy, buttery character, a touch of flint and a touch of cabbage vegatility. The palate has a racing, sheer acid quality, nuttiness, and the orangey quality of the fruit keeps it tangy and clean against more peachy fruit. Balanced, long and a nice bit of phenolic presence on the finish.
(2020) Quite an obvious wild yeast influence on this again, giving breadth and spices and a deep luscious nectarine and star fruit, deliciously racy too, and a terrific example of Gris, flowing with fruit and a touch of grippy texture in the finish. Price and stockist is for the previous vintage at time of review.