2016 - 95 points Bob Campbell MW, Top 100 New Releases Gourmet Traveller WINE, Nominated New Zealand Sauvignon - Gold Medal, Six Nations Competition (Judged Sept 2018). Single vineyard Marlborough. “Concentrated barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc with ripe passionfruit, guava and red capsicum flavours plus a subtle salty, mineral influence and a suggestion of root ginger and toasted nut character. A complex, stylish wine that’s more vinous than fruity” 95 Points, Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review – 27/10/17
2013 - 94 points Bob Campbell MW, 5-stars Michael Cooper, 91 points Decanter, 17/20 Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com. “Silken-textured wine with orange zest and white pepper flavours plus some tree fruit and nectarine flavours. Subtle, pleasing wine.” 94 Points / 4.5 stars. Bob Campbell MW, Real Reviews. '5 Stars - impressive flavour intensity and a lasting finish' Michael Cooper. 'It is certainly peppery but it also has the oily (in a good way) depth I have only ever seen in the Wachau' 17 Points - Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com
Bob Campbell MW 93 points. Single vineyard Awatere Valley. “From the Blind River vineyard in the Awatere Valley. A powerful riesling with lime, lemon zest and subtle mineral flavours. Low pH and assertive acidity balances around 23g/l of residual sugar and builds a lovely tension to give a medium-dry finish. An impressive wine that will develop well.” 16/7/2018 93 Points. BC.
Bob Campbell MW 94 points. Single vineyard Marlborough. "Bone-dry sauvignon blanc, with impressive purity and pronounced oyster shell, mineral flavours together with gooseberry, grapefruit and citrus. Quite a textural wine with good weight and mouth-feel. 16/7/2018” 94 Points BC.
Single vineyard Hawke's Bay (Gimblett Gravels) “Dense, deep, high energy syrah, with bright dark fruit, floral, violet, black pepper and spicy oak flavours. The wine has an appealing seamless and silken texture, with subtle sweet fruit restrained by gently drying tannins. Should age well 13/4/2017” 93 Points / 4.5 Stars. Bob Campbell MW, Real Reviews. “Like a rich northern rhône,” Julia Harding MW TASTING NOTE Rich, powerful and brooding, the Blank Canvas Syrah is a world first for its inclusion of a unique co-fermentation partner, Gruner Veltliner. This marriage of varieties gives this wine a panoply of ripe fruit characters –...
Bob Campbell MW 93 points. “Made from grapes grown in an elevated site in the Awatere Valley. An aromatic pinot noir, with typical savoury and herb Awatere characters, with cherry and plum flavours. Fermentation included 40% whole bunches, which adds a sappy character.” 16/7/2018 93 Points BC. WINERY TASTING NOTE Our Upton Downs Pinot Noir is a juxtaposition of perfume and structure. The elevated single vineyard on the terraces above the Awatere River gives elegance and delicacy of fruit while the 40% whole bunch fermentation and manual punch-downs delivers an impressive tannin framework and excellent length on the palate. Bright...
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