Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Auntsfield continues the proud heritage of Marlborough’s first vineyard and winery established in 1873. Our Single Vineyard wines are made from grapes grown at Auntsfield Estate. Each wine shows the distinctive characteristics of ripeness, texture and minerality – qualities unique to the ancient Greywacke rock and Loess clay soils of the vineyard.
Intense and complex, this wine displays aromas of peaches, mandarin peel and lemon tart, integrated with brioche and crème brulee aromas from the French oak influence. The palate has ripe and intense stone fruit flavours of peach and dried apricot complimented by subtle French oak influence giving hints of roasted hazelnut. A tight and linier palate with underlying minerality concludes with seamless length.
The fruit for this wine was hand harvested and whole bunch pressed, allowing clean and intensely flavoured juice to be pressed from the grape. The juice was fermented in French oak barriques, with a combination of indigenous and cultured yeast, followed by extended barrel ageing on yeast lees. Maturation allowed the oak flavours to gently integrate with the fruit and yeast lees characters and develop increased richness and complexity in the wine."
5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Magnificently styled and elegantly expressed, the bouquet shows white flesh peach, grapefruit, roasted hazelnut and nougat notes, leading to a wonderfully concentrated palate displaying excellent depth and persistency. It’s brilliantly structured by firm acidity, finishing impressively long and linear. At its best: now to 2029."