Selected for the 2019 Fine Wines of New Zealand List
The wine has intense aromas and flavours of ripe peaches, nectarines and apricots. Behind these lie hints of tropical fruits, such as pineapples, guavas and lychees. It has a core of citrus fruit characters with impressions of lemons, limes and grape-fruit, that flow through the palate and linger as a tingling minerality, perfectly balancing its lusciously, honeyed structure.
Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"A warm dry autumn enabled us to delay harvest until the fruit had developed a perfect amount of noble botrytis. We selected only the best grapes to make this wine.
The abundant aromas and flavours evoke impressions of ripe cantaloupe melon, mango, pineapple, lychees, and manuka honey. On the palate, the wine is rich and unctuous. Underneath this, however, there is a streak of minerality and fine acidity that keep it fresh, lively and refined, drawing out its lingering after flavours."
5 Stars & 96/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, October 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"Concentrated, luscious dessert wine with bush honey, pineapple, ginger and ripe peach flavours. A strong botrytis influence doesn’t mask the wine’s varietal definition. Assertive acidity helps drive a very lengthy finish."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"Grown at Waipara, in North Canterbury, this beauty is from hand-selected, botrytised bunches and berries, harvested late in the season in multiple passes through the vineyard. The 2016 vintage is bright, light yellow/green, with a scented, honeyed bouquet. A very elegant, youthful wine, it has concentrated, citrusy, peachy, honeyed flavours, sweet (177 grams/litre of residual sugar), crisp, finely balanced and lasting. Drink now or cellar."
5 Stars & 19.0+/20 Raymond Chan, September 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"Bright, golden-yellow with some depth, a little paler on the edge. This has an elegantly concentrated and intense nose with refined and beautifully penetrating aromas of exotic tropical fruits, orange and lime marmalade, honeycomb and nectar, along with a complexing layer of talc and musky botrytis, Very sweet to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a concentrated core of ripe exotic tropical fruit, pineapple, with lime and orange marmalade, honey, and rich talc and musky botrytis. The palate has depth and unctuousness, balanced by fruit extract and fine phenolic textures, underlined by fresh, crisp acidity. This has strong drive and linearity, and the wine carries to a long, lingering finish of exotic fruits, honey, marmalade and musk. This is a deliciously rich and near-unctuous, concentrated Noble Riesling with exotic tropical fruits, marmalade, honey and musk on a driven, fine-textured palate. Serve with fruit and baked desserts, and crème caramel over the next 5+ years. Hand-picked fruit with full botrytis infection, selected over several passes of the vines, at 45°Brix, cool-fermented to 12.0% alc. and 177 g/L TS and TA 9.6 g/L. (375 ml)"
5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin, June 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"This succulent, incredibly sexy sip firmly sits top of the tree on the Classic Wines of New Zealand list insofar as sweet wines are concerned. Crafted only in years when the conditions are perfect for botrytis to take hold of the grapes and turn them into tiny lumps of magical nectar, this is an absolute joy to drink. Intense candied citrus, toffee and honeysuckle flavours are held aloft by racy, refreshing acidity across a seductively sweet mouthfeel. So eye-poppingly delicisous, this isn’t just a wine, it’s an experience."
94/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, June 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Cumquat, cheese, intense syrup, acid cut, lots of carry and richness in the finish. Zing of sweet lime marmalade and spice to close. Excellent."
17/20 Tim Jackson MW, JancisRobinson.com, July 2019 (2016 Vintage)
"100% botrytis, selected berries. TA 9.6 g/l, RS 177 g/l. Mid-deep gold. Quince paste, ginger and curry spice, with some dried lime peels. Laser-like acidity cuts through the fully sweet, unctuous palate. Preserved limes, curry spice and some stone fruit, with a clean, long, botrytis-spiced finish. Great balance."