Youthful chardonnay with mineral, citrus, tree fruit and apricot flavours together with hazelnut, brioche and bran biscuit characters. Still rather closed but showing potential to develop well with bottle age. Thought I’d detected a trace of woody cork character but a second bottle showed identical nuances, which appears to be oak rather than cork influence.
95 points, Bob Campbell MW (November 2016)
Very fresh, youthful and primary, with invisible oak and driven by tight lemony chardonnay fruit, indeed it is hard to believe it’s had a malo. The palate is commensurately tight and focused, intense and fine, powerful and tightly bunched, lovely now but just needing more time to reveal its full worth. Cellar for 2-3 years for best results. (cork; 13% alc.)
95 points, Huon Hooke (September 2016)
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.