SEA LEVEL HOME BLOCK CHENIN BLANC 2012

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If this is what winemaker Sam Smail can do with young vine Chenin Blanc, then the world will be watching eagerly in the future (well a few wine geeks anyway!). One of only a very few Chenins produced in New Zealand, and the fact that it is made in a dry style, makes it an even rarer beast. Only made in tiny quantities. There's plenty going on here; beautifully full bodied, ripe apples and figs with lemon and brioche. As the wine opens up in the glass, the hints of honeysuckle become more prominent and meld seamlessly with the fruit. It's long, it's dry, and it will develop into a beautiful and complex thing with time in the bottle.
4 Stars & 18.0-/20 Raymond Chan, August 2015 (2012 Vintage)
"​Brilliant, pale strawyellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The bouquet is fresh and steely, and elegantly presented with penetrating and pure aromas of white florals entwined with nuances of fresh herbs, long with waxy white stonefruit elements. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, full and open fruit, lusciously juicy flavours of white florals intermingle with exotic tropical fruit notes. Lively acidity lifts the fruit aromatics, refreshing the palate. The wine has good presence and a positive core, with fine-textured phenolics providing a dry threaded line and delicate grip. The acidity carries the wine to a bright, juicy, long and sustained finish of white florals. This is a rich, juicy, but refreshingly crisp and textural Chenin Blanc with a waxy bouquet and tropical fruit flavours. Serve with seafood dishes over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit, WBP and cool-fermented in stainless-steel with a small portion in seasoned French oak to 13.0% alc. and 4.0 g/L RS."


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