3.4 tonnes/acre from this cool, strong-soiled site on Fareham Lane in the Waihopai Valley. A nearly ideal year: even and sufficient, never extreme, throughout the season. Accordingly, there’s harmony and balance in the wine – just as there were in the vines – rendering this one of our favourite vintages. Hand picked, whole bunch pressed, no settling; indigenous primary and malolactic fermentations, enduring 10 months. Raised in used French oak, 450-500L puncheons. Bottled in April 2013. Alcohol 13.5%, 260 cases produced.
Very pale straw yellow.
Fresh and charming on the nose, clean and pretty: orchard blossoms, alyssum, golden peach; also fresh brioche notes. Ripe, autumnal notes as well – pear, quince tart. Seems to hold all three seasons of the growing year in one bouquet.
Pear and pastry again on the palate, with lovely, lingering flavours of fruit baked with spice: tarte tatin, say, made with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice. Compelling lightness of being, allied to real intensity and length.
18.5/20 Raymond Chan
Bright, moderately deep, light golden-yellow colour, lighter on rim. The bouquet is full and deep with softly concentrated aromas of savoury yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits, unfolding layers of exotic florals, and complex flint and nutty notes from full solids fermentation and lees contact. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, full and rich, lush and complex flavours of ripe, savoury yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits are lifted by florals, and complexed by flinty and yeasty elements. Soft acidity enhances the fruit sweetness and succulence, as well as providing good liveliness and energy. The wine follows a soft and very fine line leading to a lingering, dry finish. This is a full and opulently fruited, dry Pinot Blanc with funky, savoury flavours.