Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2021
As we all know (unless you are a boxer that's taken a few too many blows to the head) that O is not for awesome but the latest release from Brancott blurs those lines a little as it could be said that this O is awesome. O is also for Omaka, where this wine hails from in Marlborough. It is a fantastically rich Chardy where the 40% new oak is easily soaked up by the luscious golden fruits. Wild fermentation, lees stirring and full malolactic has added complexity and texture.
Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"Crafted from grapes sourced from top-performing Marlborough vineyards, each wine is made in a distinctive style to reflect, not only the flavours of the region, but also the fine art of winemaking. The goal; a perfect harmony of aroma, flavour, structure and body.
This is a highly textured wine with flinty characters which marries beautifully with strong stone fruit and citrus notes, toasty and mealy complexity. Scattered throughout are notes of nutmeg and clove with floral highlights of jasmine. The luxurious palate is rich, soft and full of peaches, cream and toasted hazelnuts all combining to give a full textural finish."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2020 Vintage)
"Named after the company's Omaka Vineyard, this typically powerful, high-flavoured wine is hand-picked at sites on the south side of the Wairau Valley, fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques (about 40 per cent new), and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. The impressive 2020 vintage offers great value. Bright, light lemon/green, it has a fragrant, slightly smoky bouquet. Full-bodied, it is rich and smooth, with generous, peachy, citrusy flavours, oak-derived complexity, and cool-climate freshness and vigour. Best drinking mid-2023+."