This Riesling is made in an off-dry style to enhance the natural sweet fruit flavours this variety has to offer. It has all the hallmarks which in time will develop the delicious oily characters attributed to the great Rieslings of the world, fabulous fresh summer drinking but also with great aging potential. This has a light oak treatment to add mouth feel & complexity, with floral aromas that lead into vibrant honeyed and lime characters with beautifully balanced acids and a flinty mineral interest on the palate.
Pale straw in colour, this wine has a perfumed nose with pear, lemon, honey aromas, and a hint of stone fruit. The palate is mineral with flavours of lemon and honey. Textured and complex wine with balanced acidity and off-dry sweetness.
Pale straw in colour, this wine has fragrance with grapefruit, lemon, apple, gooseberries and passion fruit aromas. The palate is full-bodied and textured with flavours of citrus fruit and grapefruit, and a balanced crispy acidity.
Late harvested with the further maturation of the vines showing with intense flavours. Robust with clearly defined 4 tiered flavours, this wine is definitely one to enjoy on its own merits. The strong fruit flavours are lasting, ending with a smooth finish. Perfect with spicier foods, or enjoy the flavours on its own.
We may stand accused of shamelessly chasing the ever-moving goalposts of the Chardonnay style bandwagon. So be it. Our clean, lean fruit driven examples of many years have been superseded by somewhat more rounded wines which show a little more oak, a lot more MLF influence and when circumstances permit, spend more time in barrel. We are rather pleased with the results.
The colour is a rich royal gold so it is no surprise that the nose is bold and complex. Bright grapefruit, soft ripe avocados, kiwi crush and butterscotch are bandied about by more mealy notes of grilled chestnut, grated nutmeg, flowering briar and wild oats. Further down the long corridors of power the old world charm kicks in: a thin scraping of vegemite, some black truffle oil and a tantalising hint of the bilge water from a clinker built dingy. Finally a sting of fine Kauri dust flying free from a hot belt sander.
The palate is defined by its power; subtle yet absolute. Under the cover of night this clandestine wine will sidle up with a nonchalant approachability while nimble fingers draw you in deeper and deeper. The fruit is peacherine and baked pear followed by spiced apple and glacé cherry. The texture is rich and creamy while the structure broad and bare chested. The mildly assertive yet seamless acidity snakes its way back into the deepest recesses where the agile backbone gives an urbane assurance. Imagine chewing strips of wildebeest biltong between sips of this versatile Chardonnay.
"The nose of this wine confidently announces its depth of character with a generous splash of lemon-straw colour. In the glass it opens with a hit of smashed honeydew cantaloupe and ripe Queensland pineapple alongside white fleshed nectarine, grapefruit zest and soothing notes of camomile tea. The aroma is upswept and inline yet it speaks of many things; like snips and snails and puppy dogs tails or long sticky apron strings. Dusty talcum powder and smoking gun oil add further interest and are rounded out by fresh fennel bulb, mashed butternut squash and a hint of pickled walnut.
The wine epitomises the tantalising crossover where sweetness and charm meets stroppiness and tang. Surprisingly full across the palate with green peach and crushed pineapple flavours, it slithers sideways before flowing onward courtesy of its juicy and turbulent acidity, to achieve an edgy balance like a size 4 model in baggy dungarees. Powerful and zesty, it has a breadth of flavour that could only be controlled by a roadside guardrail while the flesh and muscle sinews which are obvious beneath the taut skin are guaranteed to rock the DJ. In the finish a flinty edge and somewhat oily texture spread smoothness and calm to the ruffled back palate. Almost the perfect aperitif, this wine will definitely get your juices flowing!" - Strat Canning - Winemaker
The Martinborough Vineyard Chardonnay is often described as a Chardonnay lover’s Chardonnay. Aromas of tropical fruit intertwine with notes of citrus, toast and popcorn that bring to mind the characteristics of great Chardonnay. Careful use of new oak has created a wine that is finely grained and focused, yet shows power, depth of flavour and a lovely mineral core.
Martinborough Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc shows perfumed aromas of passionfruit and guava with hints of lemon blossom and dried herbs on the nose. On the palate the ripe fruit character is beautifully balanced against creamy notes from the barrel fermentation portion creating a harmonious and balanced wine with great length and texture.
Lifted aromatic characters of ripe pear and spice together with ginger and floral notes in the background. On the palate the textural elements come to the fore, imparting pithy rich fruit that is beautifully balanced against a small amount of residual sugar. The result is a luscious, utterly drinkable, soft style Pinot Gris that would pair perfectly with Asian foods or as a stand-alone beverage.
An inviting mix of guava and tropical fruits round out the bouquet leading to a zesty citrus flavor. The crispness on the tongue lend a hand to the dry, mineral finish that leaves you wanting more.
Mature Mendoza Chardonnay vines on own roots from original plantings in 1988 are the key to this wine. Rich, textured, elegant, single-vineyard Chardonnay with ability to improve in the bottle for up to 10 years.
Exhibits typical regional characteristics of white peach and nectarine with notes of vanilla and spice. The wine is rich and intense with a persistent yet soft finish. Early drinking style but will cellar for 2-3 years.
Exhibits typical regional characteristics of citrus fruits with notes of mineral and honey. Off-dry, the wine is soft-textured and finishes crisp and fresh.
Current Vintage 2016 -
Bob Campbell – 94/100
"Taut, elegant chardonnay with hazelnut, ginger, peach and subtle citrus and grapefruit flavours. A curious textural feature of the wine is a fine, peppery, almost spicy finish. Integrated oak and a lengthy finish. I'd love to taste it again in five years".
Raymond Chan – 18.5/20
"Brilliant light golden-yellow colour, paler on the edge. The nose has rich, ripe aromas of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit with tropical fruit notes, harmoniously melded with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak elements, along with a little lemon-curd MLF. The nose possesses depth and a soft density. Medium-bodied, the palate has good intensity and concentration of ripe yellow stonefruit and citrus fruit flavours entwined with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes. The palate is fine-textured and smooth-flowing with fresh acidity and some underlying power providing good linearity. Some lemon-curd MLF emerges as the wine carries to a dry, light-textured finish. This is an elegantly concentrated, rich citrus-fruited Chardonnay".
Current Vintage 2016 -
Raymond Chan – 17.5/20
"Bright golden-hued straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and gently full with aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, along with hints of creamy barrel-ferment, and a nutty lees and oak amalgam adding richness and interest. This has delicacy and vibrancy. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has finely concentrated but restrained flavours of white and yellow stonefruits with light notes of lees and oak. The fruit forms a firm heart with light phenolic textures and balanced, lacy acidity. The wine flows to a concentrated, stonefruited, nutty and minerally nuanced, lingering finish. This is a fresh, finely concentrated dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit flavours and nutty lees and oak detail on a firm-lined, fine-textured palate".
Lifted fruit aromas of nectarines, apricots and pineapple have integrated with fermentation in oak to produce a wine of great texture. Extended yeast contact has leant itself to a creamy palate, with almond and toasted bread aromas. This wine shows depth of fruit and great palate weight that is enjoyable now or cellar for the next 6 years.
Perfumed aromas of apricots, nectarines and green pears. A rich mid-palate displaying mild oak influence. The wine finishes dry and crisp with lingering hints of warming spice.
An enticing aroma of white florals, lime and savoury apple. Medium bodied, off-dry in style, with intense citrus, lemon-barley and marmalade flavors, showing good depth. Drink now or age for 6 years and let the wine show the developing complexities of a great Riesling.
Aromas of gooseberry, guava, grapefruit and melon, while the palate is balanced by fine acidity and fruit sweetness. A wine with great aromatic power.
This is a wonderfully aromatic wine, reminiscent of spices, quince, lemons and lychees. This Pinot Gris is a powerful wine and is both rich and lingering. A wine that will change and benefit from ageing, though still good while young.
A rich, aromatic, dry Riesling with exotic citrus, floral and honeysuckle flavours.
The nose is softly concentrated with aromas of lime fruit harmoniously melded with white florals and soft musky botrytis notes, unfolding hints of piquant herbs and minerals
The palate has an elegant heart with flavours of lime fruit entwined with white floral detail, hints of honeysuckle and musk, with suggestions of herbs and minerals. The mouthfeel is refreshing and lively, and the wine flows along a fine, phenolic-textured line with good energy to a dry, lingering finish. This is a soft and detailed off-dry Riesling with lime and floral fruit with honey and musk notes on a fine-textured, refreshing palate
An iconic Martinborough style of Sauvignon Blanc that is serious, subtle and textural while still oozing with vibrant tropical and citrus fruit characteristics.
The nose is softly full and voluminous with well-concentrated and refined aromas of ripe tropical fruit entwined with passionfruit, harmoniously melded with fresh and dark herbs and subtle white floral nuances.
The palate is elegantly proportioned with vibrant and lively, piquant passionfruit flavours with fresh herb detail. The palate possesses refreshing, crisp acidity lending poise and vitality, and the wine flows along a fine line, leading to a luscious, thirst-quenching finish with fine, dry textures. This is a vibrant and lively, elegantly proportioned Sauvignon Blanc with a voluminous nose and finely concentrated flavours of passionfruit, herbs and florals on a mouthwatering palate.
This Riesling has been produced from selectively hand picked grapes in an off dry style. It leads with hints of orange blossom on the nose followed by silky smooth peach and tropical fruit flavours with a lingering and appealing acidity.
Paulownia Estate Sauvignon Blanc has been produced from hand picked grapes. It is a well balanced wine with citrus and gooseberry overtones and a soft but lingering acid finish in the traditional savvy style.
A refreshing, finely concentrated Chardonnay.
Medium-full bodied, the palate has well-packed and deeply concentrated flavours of stonefruit and citrus fruit with tropical fruit exoticism, entwined with nutty, toasty oak and complex flinty reduction along with lemon-curd MLF. The mouthfeel is rounded and the flavours form a fine-textured, firm core with good alcoholic drive and underlying fresh acidity. The flavours recede a little as the wine carries to a long and sustained finish. This is a well-concentrated, up-front Chardonnay with stonefruit, citrus fruit and tropical fruit flavours intermixed with nutty and toasty oak with flinty detail.
So new to the market, we don't have a picture of the beautiful new label. As per usual, this wine will over deliver with beautiful fruits and soft yet definite palate!
Watch this space....
A soft, rounded Sauvignon Blanc with lush fruit.
Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is bright, lively and vibrant with a fine and intense core of fragrant passionfruit with tropical fruit, gooseberries, herbs and mineral notes. The mouthfeel is bright, lively and energetic and flows along a zesty line with fine textures and racy acidity leading to a lingering finish of aromatic passionfruit. This is a bright, vibrant, lusciously intense Sauvignon Blanc with fragrant passionfruit, tropical fruits, herbs and minerals on a taut, racy palate.
The colour of this 2014, is slightly straw, with gold tints. There is a very slight hint of that ‘gris’ hue. The nose shows an apple and pear notes, coupled with strudel; typical of Pinot gris. Underneath all that is a faint pear skin element that goes directly to the palate. Lovely grainy texture- a slight baked pip fruit note and a texture that exhibits a delicacy rather than running on high octane alcohol and sweet sugar. Stylish rather than fruit blown giggle juice would be a crude, but accurate way of putting it. Some of our Pinot gris have progressed through the cellar with remarkable aging ability. I would like to think this one may, but I would think a shorter cellaring proposition may be called for, it’s just so lovely now. I would be pleased to be incorrect in this assumption – do contact me with your thoughts as I very much enjoy what the public think. It’s just that this wine is quite expressive now, why wait? Take these moments of pleasure whilst one can, I say. This wine has a pleasing acid that frames and articulates the palate – this means, when you put it in your mouth, it’s the acid that firms the flavours, carries the characters through the length of the palate, then finishes with a deft flick – much like a tennis player, probing his opponent with a rally then positioning himself to angle a quick spinning ball to the faraway corner. Game, set and match.
Named in honour of John’s great, great grandmother, born somewhere in the southern ocean en-route to New Zealand in 1849 and entered in the ships log as “the ocean child”.
Delightfully aromatic and fruity with citrus lime and mineral overtones. Off-dryi n style, this wine has a lovely fresh and delicate palate with the lemon/lime character following through ...
The 'James' Pinot Gris seeks to harvest only those grapes with a deep intensity of flavour and a clear potential to yield outstanding purity and balance in the finished wine.
They look for varietal typicity, power, concentration, great balance and a capacity to bottle age. James 2013 Pinot Gris is a wine inspired by the full bodied, off dry Pinot Gris styles of Alsace, France.
Suitable from aperitif to entrée and the main meal with a real affinity for accompaniment to rich, weighty and mildly spiced foods.
"Appealing scented wine with fresh peach, mango, guava and pawpaw flavours. Moderately sweet but perfectly balanced wine with an ethereal texture and a lingering finish. Fascinating wine with loads of appeal." - Bob Campbell 93/100
Bright pale straw colour with youthful green hues. The nose is soft and full with integrated aromas of yellow stonefruits and honeysuckle. This has depth, with a lifted note. Medium-dry to taste, this is soft and full on palate, quite open and accessible, broadly mouthfilling, with some richness. The wine follows a fine-textured phenolic line with underlying acidity lending freshness and enhancing the aromatic expression. This is drinking well, and is approachable now. - Raymond Chan
A barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc that is textural rather than being all about the fruit. A brilliant pale straw colour with delicate notes of musk melon and almonds. The palate is concentrated, rich and long with flavours of stone fruit and biscotti with some lovely herbal undertones.
The finish has a minerality to it that will ensure it develops wonderfully over time.
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