(2016) Delightful Riesling nose with gentle waxiness and saltiness in the baclground and a lovely sour apple and lemon fruit. Intensely dry with a chalky mineral acidity, very refreshing with lots of pithy lemon acidity. Price quoted is for the 2012 vintage - 2013 not in UK at time of writing.
(2016) From Leyda, a pungent, flinty and elderflower nose, but 10% ageing in barrels also gives a soft creamy note, a hint of oatmeal and then those leafy tones as well as ripe, peachy, orangy fruit. The palate has a rich mouthfeel, but there’s a tropical nectarine and pineapple quality to the fruit, real richness and a certain fat and texture, all that sweetness playing against fresh, lightly salty minerality from granitic and calcareous soils.
(2016) Subtle orange and grapefruit, just gentle herbaceous background. The palate has the same with such a rush of fresh grapefruit, clear acidity and a touch of mineral salts. Not hugely complex, but attractive. I cannot see this listed by Majestic at time of writing, but am assured they will carry it.
(2016) 50% wild ferment and a few months lees ageing. More capsicum and green bean oiliness and punch. More concentration, with hints of nectarine and papaya, then a big core of very juicy apple and lemon acidity. Deliciously focused and textural.
(2016) Properly pungent Sauvignon Blanc aromas, with herbal and lightluy floral lift, very vibrant and fresh, with a juicy pomegranate and passion fruit presence. Full, but sharply definied.
(2016) Made with 5% whole bunches there's a nice hint of spices and earthiness, those little touches of truffle, big juicy palate of bright cherry fruit. Full fruited on the palate, dry tannins to acid some grip and lemony acids. In Ireland and US, but not UK at time of writing.
(2015) Made for Asda by Luis Felipe Edwards, fruit comes from the cooler, coastal Sauvignon hotspot of Leyda. Punchily verdant and vibrant on the nose, asparagus and green beans meet light tropical fruits, and a zesty lime peel touch. The palate is cool and balanced, with really zingy, crisp grapefruity freshness, tempered by more of that delicate passionfruit tropicality, and a long dry finish. Exemplary really, and deliciously a point for the lover of this vivacious style. £, Asda
(2013) Around 1200 GDD, with a diurnal range of 12.3ºC. 13.5% ABV. From granitic soils this is a shimmering, youthful green. Distinctly herbal, not so much grassy as showing asparagus and green bean notes, though a touch of fig and melon skins gives depth. On the palate a huge grapefruity tang of flavour and acidity, it is very dry, the pithy citrus finish relieved by a little oiliness to the texture.
(2013) >From granite soils mixed with a little clay, 1200 GDD and a diurnal range of 12.3ºC. 14.1% ABV. This is made in open fermenters, with maturation in oak, one third new. It has a medium ruby/purple colour that is youthful and vivid. Spices and clove at first, quite full on the nose, with lots of juicy kirsch coming through. Lovely sweet fruit on the palate, a medium-bodied texture and again that cherry brightness to the fruit. It is smooth and silky, touched by espresso, with a nice freshness to the finish.
(2012) Lovely dry, reducrranty and slightly briary, serious stuff with tannins, real grip and bags of Pinot character and flavour.