Dizzyingly aromatic, swells from the glass: indurate spice – clove, cumin, caraway, cassia; ripe and bright red fruit – raspberry, redcurrant, Morello cherry. Quite a head-spinning, aromatic ride.
Penetrating, juicy, sappy, brisk yet enveloping; vibrant flavours of red fruit and spice; also a lively earthy component that is relatively new to this vineyard, arriving in recent vintages: born of vine age and a deeper root structure, no doubt. One could hardly ask for a more invigorating, seductive, and briskly legitimate example of this wine.
834 cases of 6 x 750ml produced.
2018 North Canterbury Pinot Noir
Bright appearance with a ruby red hue.
Lifted floral nose with raspberry and cherry aromas, with an abundance of savoury/earthy complexity. The palate is vibrant with tension and length, showing a nice mixture of bright fruit/herbal elements and a savoury structure that North Canterbury is renowned for.
1088 cases of 6 x 750ml produced.
2016 Earth Smoke Pinot Noir
Saturated, opaque ruby/garnet.
Fascinatingly, astonishingly, unlike its sibling, the Angel Flower, given proximity and wine-making and –growing equalities: pungent soil tones, tobacco/bark and fresh-turned earth, also with dried herbs: bay, lavender, Mexican oregano, even. The fruit spectrum is blue and black. Really sings soil, stratum.
Great weight and texture, dense but mouth-coating, with brighter fruit flavours than the nose might suggest: blueberry, blackberry, sloe. Salinity, from significant active lime in the soil, waters the mouth, extending an already obdurate length. Whereas, with vine age, the Angel Flower is adding content to its early charm, the Earth Smoke seems to be marrying fruit succulence to its established, adamantine, soil-sponsored clout.
580 cases of 6 x 750ml produced.
2017 Central Otago Pinot Noir
Deep dark purple hue.
Exotic floral, five spice and aniseed aromas leap out of the glass along with red cherries, plum’s and an underlying complexity that speaks of Central Otago.
A wine full of flavour with a soft silky palate, which has crunchy red fruits and savoury textural flavours that combine to give the wine great weight and complexity.Great structure and acid give this wine an ability to age and suit any game food.
982 cases of 6 x 750ml produced.
2018 North Canterbury Chardonnay
Slightly hazy appearance with a golden lemon hue.
Attractive nose with Nashi pear and citrus fruits, with an underlying savoury complexity. The palate is vibrant with tension and length, showing a nice mixture of bright fruit and savoury elements that North Canterbury is renowned for.
960 cases of 6 x 750ml produced.
2019 North Canterbury Sauvignon +
Bright appearance with a lemon hue.
Tropical aromas, reminiscent of summer fruits and touches of sherbet. The palate is vibrant and bursting with flavours of ripe melons and passionfruit. This powerful fruit combines with an attractive texture and balanced acidity.
2450 cases of 6 x 750ml produced.
2018 Marlborough Chardonnay
Bright appearance with a golden lemon hue.
Complex, layered aromatics, with yellow fruits, flinty complexity and toasted hazelnuts.
The palate is softly textured and bursting with intense flavours of ripe yellow fruits, this is all supported by great acidity and structure creating a long lingering
265 cases of 6 x 750ml produced.
2016 Marlborough Riesling
Brilliant, pale straw gold.
Lifted, honeyed, with sweet florals: acacia, crocus, pear blossom; lush, but in a fresh and pretty way; not the opulence of summer, but rather the comely profusion of spring; also a mineral character, clean water flowing over stone, characteristic of this vineyard.
Bright and poised, still charm and that floral sweetness, yet with salient phenolics; flirtatious length and a delectable finish. After the adamant and powerful 2015, this is all fluttering lashes, blushes and smiles; a fresh and articulate representation of a balanced and breezy vintage.
453 cases of 6 x 750ml produced.
2018 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Bright lemon hue to the wine.
An excitingly expressive nose showing ripe tropical fruits with mineral/saline aromas and an underlying complexity.
The palate is taught and powerful showing ripe fruits with lemongrass and citrus flavours, that flow into a fine phenolic and saline texture adding weight and complexity to the wine. To be enjoyed with fresh seafood or a summer salad.