Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Variable conditions over flowering resulted in a moderate fruit set. The subsequent warm summer then allowed the grapes to ripen beautifully. Late season conditions were favourable for the development of noble botrytis, essential for the production of this wine style.
On release it is bright gold in colour, the bouquet an enchanting medley of ripe apricot, ginger and lemon curd, with a hint of honeysuckle and a whisp of baking spice. Botrytis has resulted in a mouth feel that is rich, textural and unctuous. The Semillon contributes structure and length, while the Sauvignon component adds refreshing acidity to ensure the wine remains perfectly balanced with a lasting finish."
Rated Outstanding & 95/100 Cameron Douglas MS, October 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Fantastic bouquet of preserved stone fruits, honey and honeysuckle, moments of elderflower and beeswax, exotic fruits and grapefruit. Creamy, slippery textures touch the palate first followed by a core of fruit flavours that reflect the bouquet, some fragrant baking spice moments, high acidity, plenty of sweetness, balanced, exotic, fresh and lengthy. Best drinking from today and through 2029."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2019 Vintage)
"A wine with a real 'Wow!' factor, the 2019 vintage is light gold and honey-sweet (146 grams/litre of residual sugar). Grown in North Canterbury and made in the classic Sauternes style, it was matured for two years in French oak barrels (50 per cent new). Fragrant, with an invitingly honeyed bouquet, it is mouthfilling, with concentrated stone-fruit and honey flavours, a slightly oily texture, and great richness and harmony. Drink now or cellar."
5 Stars & 95/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, September 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Flavours that suggest a medley of dried fruits, including pineapple, apricot and peach with a drizzle of honey supported by enough acidity to prevent any suggestion of cloying. A luscious, decadent dessert wine."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
5 Stars & 96/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, January 2020 (2017 Vintage)
"Super rich and opulent, the wine shows dried apricot, Manuka honey, orange peel and toasted spice aromas on the nose, leading to a wonderfully concentrated palate that’s fabulously sweet and creamy. It’s lavishly expressed with a lengthy delicious finish. Made from botrytised sauvignon blanc and semillon; matured in barriques. At its best: now to 2025."
94/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, October 2020 (2017 Vintage)
"Portuguese tart, dried pineapple, passionfruit pulp in syrup, walnuts, slight sweet grass and herb. Unctuous but with punch of Sauvignon green and a solid acid cut, marmalade and quince paste, spice and apricot nectar. Long and sweet, but bright and clean too. Nicely done."