(2023) Has quite a leesy and flinty initial character. That is nicely underpinned by that figgy ripeness and nectarine juiciness, creamy and yet sharp. There's roundness and texture in the mouth, hints of exotic fruit, but the clarity of the acid wins through. Relatively low acid and slightly higher pH here, but a generous and effortlessly enjoyable wine at eight years of age. Bottled November 2017. pH 3.20 and acidity 6.0g/l. At time of writing only magnums showing for sale, but 75cl bottle price equivalent is given.
(2021) Really nicely done this Marlborough Sauvignon, brightly packed with tropical fruits, enough elderflower and a wisp of cracked stone smokiness to add interest. In the mouth it has ripe, juicy and sweet nectarine, then a more direct and pithy grapefruit and lemon acid character picks up on the finish. Very tasty and stylish.
(2018) From vineyards at 485 metres in the Banksdale Vineyard, King Valley, Victoria, this Chardonnay at 12.5% alcohol will have been picked quite early and handled reductively (without exposure to oxygen) to give a lightly flinty character in the modern New World Chardonnay idiom. The nose has a little whiff of cheesiness that's not altogether unwelcome, as the lime and red apple fruit is good. In the mouth it is maybe just a trifle less sharply focused that one might hope, and perhaps lacking a dimension of complexity, but having said that it is nicely weighted between creaminess and citrus freshness, and is well balanced into quite a long finish.
(2017) As it says on the label, a wine made by the 'methode traditionelle', from the three Champagne grapes. It has a lively, foamy mousse and aromas that show plenty of citrus and a touch of yeasty autolysis, quite Champagne like indeed. On the palate it seems rather sweet. I am not sure whether it's maximum dosage for Brut that's doing it, or just the fruit quality, but it does tend to make the wine feel slightly simple, which with its very good acidity and touch of biscuity character it is not.
(2016) Made from 100% Garnacha (Grenache), this has a fashionably pale peachy/salmon colour and pretty nose with dry red fruits, some floral notes and a cool watermelon character. Bone dry, it has more tight reducurranty fruit and a bit of texture, in a savoury, food friendly dry style.