Plenty of struck match and sulphides, white pepper and spice, lime and melon. Mid-weight, savoury and smoky, layers of spice with some vanilla nougat softness, and a tangy lime-laced finish of fine length. Style with substance.
93 points, Gary Walsh (November 2018)
Impressive grapefruit and lime pith, ahead of yellow nectarine and neat oak influence. This is well made. The palate has a very focused and strikingly refined shape and is gently mealy with a long and pithy grapefruit finish.
93 points, Nick Stock (November 2017)
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.