Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"The wine is deep straw in colour. The bouquet leaps out of the glass with lychee, quince and exotic spice, underscored with hints of Turkish delight and rose petal. Due to the varietal intensity of Gewurtz, some additional winemaking techniques have been employed to give the wine extra complexity. Skin contact and fermenting with solids provide increased structure and a subtle hint of struck match, while the oak aging and lees contact adds mouth feel. On the palate it is rich and unctuous, with ripe phenolics and a lingering aftertaste of fresh ginger that complement the wine’s off-dry finish.
Settled weather during December provided optimal conditions for flowering. A very hot summer then enabled the grapes to ripen beautifully. Free draining stony soil helped mitigate the effects of some late summer rain, and the ensuing dry autumn meant the fruit was able to be picked in excellent condition with a portion of noble botrytis."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"Estate-grown at Waipara, in North Canterbury, the delicious 2018 vintage was handled for six months in old oak puncheons. Bright, light lemon/green, it is a powerful, youthful wine, weighty and rich, with concentrated, peachy, spicy, slightly gingery flavours, a vague hint of honey, and a complex, perfumed bouquet. Made in an off-dry style (14 grams/litre of residual sugar), it’s full of personality."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Oribt, January 2020 (2017 Vintage)
"It's splendidly fruited and richly expressed on the nose showing golden peach, mango, lychee and orange peel aromas with nuances of Turkish Delight, flint and fragrant spice. The palate offers terrific fruit power and intensity together with velvety mouthfeel and elegant sweetness backed by refreshing acidity, making it irresistibly delicious. At its best: now to 2025."
94/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2017 Vintage)
"Bold, precise and pungent aromatics of Gewürztraminer with suggestions of tropical fruits and red apples, pineapple, fresh lychee and white peach. There’s plenty of spice with fragrances of baking spice and sweet herbs then wild flowers and white rose. A weighty, rich, creamy and very engaging example with focus and concentration, flavours that reflect the nose, decent acid line and long finish. Drink now and through 2022+."
94/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, June 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Good bouquet of green apples, stone fruit, honey toast, a bit of mushroomy funk. Concentrated flavours in the palate, quite assertive but holds a good shape, apples, honey, toastiness, but all in control and well meshed. Serious power and drive. Blow your hair back. Fantastic."
92/100 James Suckling (2016 Vintage)
"Plenty of flinty rose water and luscious tropical fruits. The cool lychee palate is a thing of real beauty. Jasmine and rose water florals linger playfully."