(2020) The producer and grape varieties of this semi-sweet wine from the Southwest of France are not stated, but it will almost certainly be made from Gros Manseng, possibly blended with Petit Manseng, the stalwarts of the Jurançon region. The nose offers an inviting ripe Ogen melon aroma, and a little wisp of leafy green herbs. In the mouth there is definite sweetness, but its not fully pudding-sweet, certainly a late-harvest rather than a Botrytis style. Fig and pear, a limey citrus acidity keeps it fresh in a wine for lighter fruit desserts, cheeses or possibly even with Oriental food.
(2020) Though part of the Doctors' low-alcohol range, this is farmed conventionally - it's the unconverted 30-odd grammes of residual sugar that give the 9% alcohol and lovely balance. A portion from clay in Brancott, the rest from Wairau greywacke stones. Lovely floral notes, ringer for Mosel Riesling, with delicious fruit and a sherbetty brightness and pure apple acidity, a touch of phenolic grip just in on the edges.
(2020) Fabulous sherbetty nose, floral and clean, but with that shining brightness and vivacity, it is indeed perfectly summery. Great fun, and off-dry teetering on medium-sweet with its 33g/l of sugar. No UK stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) Off-dry with 12g/l residual sugar, I can see whay this won the trophy for Gewurztraminer at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Proper Gewurztraminer, light lychee and old roses character, plenty of fruit and a hint of Turkish delight. Has the same full Gewurz traits on the palate too, with touch of oiliness to the texture, all the flavour and then a fine acid line.
(2020) A blend of Marlborough and Waipara fruit. Elegant, floral and delicate, with peachy, blossom and lime. The palate has a delightful clarity and peach fruit lightness and sweetness, no terpene character, but a little phenolic grip in the finish sits beautifully against a fair amount of residual sugar. No UK retail stockist listed at time of review.
(2020) This appears under the Cicada label because it is the only wine in this line-up not made from estate-grown fruit. Old roses, peach and a touch of Turkish delight. Very floral and aromatic, full of flavour on the palate, great Gewürztraminer character, loads of fruit and sweet nectarine, and the finish flowing with a gentle but pin-point acidity.
(2020) A little more subdued aromatically compared to the vibrant 2019, a touch of a yeasty character, then more of the florals developing. The palate has more sugar, much more of a Kabinett feel than the 2019, the sweetness set against quite pithy lemon and lime, and a long, clear finish. Price for previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) A very pretty Riesling with 16g/l residual sugar. Fine green-flecked aromas again, plenty of apple and citrus punch, orange and lime, a lovely sours character, fabulously fresh and dry in the finish despite the sugar.
(2020) There’s a vegetal note here, but such lovely fruit, the sweetness of the 50g/l of residual sugar gives great balance, so this feels drier than you might imagine, beautifully sharp and defined by the acidity and the cool fruit profile.
(2020) Made from bought in fruit, part fermented in old oak, and with 9.6g/l of residual sugar. Custard note of the oak and a nice texture here, the touch of sweetness, with still very good, fresh acidity. Clarity and freshness, so the sweetness is balanced in the finish. No UK retail stockist at time of review.