"Distinct nougat/sandalwood oak-ish characters over subtle melon, ripe citrus characters in bouquet. It’s a good, generous intro. The palate is sleek, not quite tight and racy, but has a chewiness to texture and length is notable. There’s licks of more nougat amongst the fresh fruit character, and its a touch creamy, even with cool acidity underlying. Mellow, sophisticated feel. Feels like it needs fine stemware and white table cloth dining." 93 Points Mike Bennie The Wine Front
Light straw colour, with discreet lemon and honey aromas. The palate is delicate, lean and low-key: a very refined, subtle, tight wine, which seems non-maloed with its crisp, fresh acidity. Lemon is the predominant flavour but there are background complexities that keep you entertained. It's very understated and its oak is invisible. All-round, a very unusual style for New Zealand chardy. A wine for drinking rather than tasting.
96 points, Huon Hooke (October 2016)
Unusually rich, fleshy Chardonnay in a mouth-filling and accessible style that makes a change from the rather more steely wine I expect under this label. Quite oaky with ginger, ripe peach, tree fruits and a hint of honey. A real surprise.
95 points, Bob Campbell MW (September 2015)
MartinboroughMartinborough is located on the North Island of New Zealand and is the island’s driest area, due to the rain shadow created by the Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges. The district is prone to spring frosts, with wind machines employed throughout the area to protect young vines from frost damage. Martinborough’s climate is cool with some maritime influence and the region enjoys one of the longest growing seasons in New Zealand. There is significant diurnal variation, excellent for preserving aromatics and acidity and the naturally breezy conditions help to curb vine vigour, resulting in low yields of grapes with great intensity and flavor concentration. Over time, the river which runs through the region, has carved out cliffs and escarpments to expose stony sub-soils, helping to create the premium vineyard site of ‘Martinborough Terrace’ built over layers of alluvial river terraces. Martinborough has significant plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling but is best known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir sought the world over.