Trophy for Champion Other White – Royal Easter Wine Show Awards 2015
Gold Medal – Royal Easter Wine Show Awards 2015
Some things take time. This was a bit of an ugly duckling on release – Michael Cooper gave it 2 ½ Stars on release. However… a few years of bottle age transformed this wine and it won Gold and Trophy Champion Other White – Royal Easter Wine Show Awards 2015. Now with 9 years of bottle age, this has developed into a really interesting, intriguing wine full of character.
Hand harvested and naturally fermented with indigenous yeasts then aged in barrel. The wine spends a minimum of 6 months on lees which giving richness and weight to the palate. There are the expected honey/lanolin notes of Chenin along with some lemon citrus and what I'd describe as 'mushrooms in a limestone cave' aged character. It may be a bit decisive in the 'love it or not' camp. It is not your sit around aperitif wine, but put it on the table with food and it sings – classic white meats/fish/vegetarian with warm spices… Middle Eastern, maybe Mexican.
It has become a bit of a staff favourite.
Jo Burzynska, Viva Magazine, June 2014 (2011 Vintage)
"Grown on clay over clay gravels, this is Canterbury's only chenin blanc (at the time). It's an impressive example that's concentrated and fresh with grapefruit, lemon and white peach, and undertones of almond and beeswax."
happywinewoman.com (2011 Vintage)
"First produced in 2009, the grapes for this Chenin Blanc are grown on clay over clay gravels. Following harvest by hand, indigenous yeasts are used to ferment the wine which is then aged in barrel. The wine spends a minimum of 6 months on lees which lends richness and weight to the palate.
My notes start with “Lovely!”, followed by aromas of lanolin, waxy citrus fruit such as lemon and grapefruit, white flowers of jasmine and honeysuckle and stone fruit. The aromas follow through on the palate with the addition of a good dose of spice on a very long finish."