Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"Taking it’s name from the fluted basalt boulders that solemnly surround our volcanic hilltop vineyards, Gravestone is bequeathed upon the finest blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon we are blessed with each vintage.
The wine exhibits some flinty sulphide notes over aromatics of guava, gooseberry and nettles with undertones of lychee and chalk dust. The palate is fresh with vibrant acidity balanced by weight and texture from the barrel fermentation and a long persistent gin and tonic like finish. Gravestone 2017 is a blend of 75% Sauvignon blanc and 25% Semillon, fully fermented in barrel.
This Sauvignon blanc was hand harvested off a number of hilltop blocks and was whole bunch pressed to directly to barrel for wild fermentation on full juice lees. The Semillon was gently pressed and settled before being racked clear for fermentation in old seasoned barrels. Following fermentation the wines stayed on lees for 9 months in barrel before blending."
Reviews for the 2016 vintage below…
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"Maturing very gracefully, the 2016 vintage is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (65 per cent) and Sémillon (35 per cent), estate-grown at the eastern end of Waiheke Island. Hand-picked and barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts, it is light lemon/green, with a slightly smoky, toasty bouquet. Full-bodied, it is vibrantly fruity, with concentrated, ripe tropical-fruit flavours, developing excellent complexity, a minerally streak, and a crisp, dry, lingering finish. Best drinking 2019+."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Complex and engaging, the bouquet shows grapefruit, nectarine and lime zest characters together with nuances of oatmeal, almond and mushroom. The palate is concentrated and impressively weighted, delivering excellent fruit purity backed by savoury undertones, finishing superbly long and mouth-watering. A blend of 65% sauvignon blanc and 35% semillon. At its best: now to 2021."