International Wine Challenge: Silver 2014
97 Points - Stuart McCloskey
By far, one of my all-time favourite Kiwi Sauvignon Blancs simply as this wine ‘stylistically’ has no equal. The fruit is hand picked from Matthews Lane vineyard ensuring each parcel of fruit is in perfect condition. The juice rests on yeast lees for 11 months in new 1,000 litre German oak fuder barrels, which adds an extraordinary level of complexity. The enormous size of the fuder translates to less wine contact with the barrel surface compared to smaller, more commonly used barrels. In addition, the fuder staves are thicker which means the temperature of ferment tends to be warmer resulting in the fruit characters gaining greater depth and complexity...