Not only do Eradus make an outstanding Sauvignon Blanc they do a fine job with their Pinot Gris too. The vines are now 13 years old and deliver a wine with great concentration and a real juiciness in a fresh and dry style (less than 1gm rs) with a portion barrel aged to add textural richness.
Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"Our vines grow on a slender terrace at the edge of the Awatere River, with a unique microclimate and soil structure. Influenced by a fault line, a river, and the power of the nearby Pacific Ocean, our land is stony, dry, windy and cool, elements that create wines of elegance, minerality with a lively and lingering finish. We let the untameable terroir of the Awatere Valley express itself through our vines, grapes and ultimately wines.
Lifted floral and white peach notes leading to delicious flavours of red apple, pear, white peach with a hint of spice and that Awatere Valley flinty minerality. In Essential Awatere fashion the finish is lively, crisp and lingering."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, August 2020 (2020 Vintage)
"It’s beautifully fruited and immediately appealing on the nose showing apricot, fresh pear, fig and white floral characters. The palate delivers terrific fruit intensity and persistency wonderfully complemented by silky texture and bright acidity, finishing long and satisfying. At its best: now to 2023."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2020 Vintage)
"The finely balanced 2020 vintage is a top buy. Bright, light lemon/green, it is attractively scented and mouthfilling, with strong, vibrant pear and spice flavours, fresh acidity, and a dry finish. Drink now or cellar."