We are seeing some fantastic wines coming out of this relatively new, up and coming wine company led by Matt Thomson and his wife Sophie. This is the third vintage of their Sauvignon we have stocked and every one has been an absolute stunner.
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"This single vineyard rendition of Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from the Holdaway Family vineyard at Dillons Point – our favourite sub region for the variety. It is a classic expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, being 100% tank fermented, but it offers complexity of texture and a mineral drive that summons river stones and sea spray. Blackcurrant, guava and passionfruit are captured alongside the subtlest hint of oyster-shell. This wine is focused and explosive on both nose and palate yet remains elegantly balanced and distinctly salty."
94/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, July 2018 (2018 Vintage)
"Bone-dry sauvignon blanc, with impressive purity and pronounced oyster shell, mineral flavours together with gooseberry, grapefruit and citrus. Quite a textural wine with good weight and mouth-feel."
5 Stars & 18.5/20 (93) Raymond Chan, November 2018 (2018 Vintage)
"Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the edge. The nose is elegant in proportion with finely concentrated, deeply penetrating aromas of pungent passionfruit harmoniously melded with tropical fruit and fresh herbs, with green stonefruit elements. This is refined in its intensity. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has fulsome and rich flavours of pungent passionfruit with tropical fruits and herbs. The mouthfeel shows some light, grainy phenolic textures allied to refreshing acidity, and the wine carries with good energy and drive to a long, lingering finish. This is a rich, fulsome and textural dry Sauvignon Blanc with intense passionfruit, tropical fruit and herb flavours with grip and fresh acidity. Match with seafood, salads and vegetables and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2+ years. Fruit from the ‘Holdaway’ vineyard, Dillons Point, fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 2 g/L RS."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"The highly aromatic 2018 vintage is a single-vineyard wine, grown at Dillons Point. Bottled in June, it is a very youthful wine, weighty, with ripe tropical-fruit flavours, showing excellent delicacy and depth, a slightly minerally streak, and a dry (2 grams/litre of residual sugar), lingering finish."
92/100 Cameron Douglas MS, November 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"Fleshy, fruity, varietal and youthful bouquet of SB. A mix of sweet herb and red apple, mango and passion fruit, floral and overall very distinctive. Vibrant on the palate, but with a sense of the calm too shown through a silky texture and core of fruit under-pinning the sense of urgency and quiver of acidity and focus. Lovely long finish with sweet citrus, apple and tropical fruits. Drinking well now and through 2021."