Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, chilled overnight, fermented in demi-muids (20% new), matured on lees for 8 months. A bold decision to let the grapes ripen to the degree they have, but it's paid dividends, the exotic array of guava, passionfruit and green pineapple balanced by the impact of oak fermentation and maceration. Much in the mould of prior vintages.
95 points, Wine Companion (February 2016)
Such an expressive and delicious wine. Made from close-planted sauvignon blanc vines from the Crayères Vineyard, the wine has incredibly focused fruit flavours driven by exceptional acidity. Snappy lemon, pineapple and passionfruit flavours infuse to give an overall 'bright fruitiness' that is neither garish nor overdone. There is beautiful background savouriness from maturation, in large French oak casks, plus some attractive, gentle framing phenolics. The wine gets better the longer it is open. Just fabulous.
95 points, The Real Review (November 2016)
It’s ripe and full, yet maintains its poise and shape throughout. Guava, just-ripe pineapple, vanilla and spice, subtle grassiness well in the background. It fills the mouth with flavour, has an almost slippery creamy texture, but features firmness of flint that scrubs up the texture beautifully. Smooth glide and carry, with a long dry finish that’s infused with mint cream. Terrific.
94 points, The Wine Front (August 2016)