Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Tropical aromas, reminiscent of summer fruits and touches of sherbet. The palate is vibrant and bursting with flavours of ripe melons and passionfruit. This powerful fruit combines with an attractive texture and balanced acidity.
A blend of three vineyards from North Canterbury. Fraher vineyard on Highway 1 opposite the village of Waipara, planted in 2002 on Omihi clays. Tutton Sienko & Hill Vineyard on Ram Paddock Road, planted in 1997 on the Glasnevin gravels. Three Sisters Vineyard on Mackenzies Rd in Waipara.
Fermented with natural vineyard yeasts in a combination of tank, neutral barrels and clay amphora. 8% fermented on skins for 2-3 weeks. The wine sat on its ferment lees without SO2 for 3 months prior to being blended in August. Bottled unfined."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2019 Vintage)
"Showing strong personality, the bright, light lemon/green 2019 vintage is mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, with concentrated, ripe tropical-fruit flavours, and a finely balanced, lingering finish. An impressive debut."
Rated Excellent & 94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, April 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Fragrant, varietal and distinctive bouquet with aromas of chalky minerals and fresh, ripe citrus fruits, kaffir-lime leaves and lemongrass, white peach and sweet fragrant herbs. On the palate – crisp, tense, youthful, refreshing and dry. Flavours mirror the nose with a core of citrus, apple, herb, peach and pith. Salivating and gently salty, mineral and complex. Wonderful balance and youthful energy. Best drinking from today and through 2024+."
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"It's savoury and spicy on the nose showing grapefruit, clove, orange peel and anise characters, followed by a brilliantly structured palate delivering focused mouthfeel and vibrant acidity backed by silky texture. Lingering and intriguing on the finish. At its best: now to 2025."