Barrel fermented, funky Sauvignon Blanc for wine drinkers who are tired of the more mainstream, fruit-focused Marlborough model. Strong matchstick, mineral and nutty oak characters with pure varietal characters lurking below. It’s a clear and slightly rebellious statement attracting a spirited following but I find the wine a tad too tough. Hard to rate - the wine has considerable merit but it is not for me. 85/100
This wine is a bit like a washed-rind cheese - the pungent aromas belie the delicious, complexity - ripe green fruits, asparagus, a suggestion of citrus, toasted coconut, roasted parsnip, mineral, and a lively, beauitfully balanced fnish. Barrel-fermented with wild yeast, this is not for the faint hearted but it takes sauvignon blanc to another level.