This single vineyard rendition of Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from the Holdaway Family vineyard at Dillons Point – our favourite sub region for the variety. It is a classic expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, being 100% tank fermented, but it offers complexity of texture and a mineral drive that summons river stones and sea spray. Blackcurrant, guava and passionfruit are captured alongside the subtlest hint of oyster-shell. This wine is focused and explosive on both nose and palate yet remains elegantly balanced and distinctly salty.
Appellation Wine Marlborough Certified
17 Points 'The fruit comes from a single vineyard in the Dillons Point subregion located on the coastal fringe of the Wairau Valley. This vineyard belongs to the Holdaway family, who have been farming in Marlborough for generations. They practise sustainable viticulture, eg using their own compost and mulching preparations to maintain organic matter in the soil. The soils are fertile and deep but well -drained, with plenty of mineral nutrients, which is perfect for the nutrient-hungry Sauvignon. The grapes were harvested by machine in the cool of the night. Fruit was pressed off quickly to avoid skin contact and drained straight to one small tank. The juice was settled naturally and fermented in stainless-steel tanks at cool temperatures. Bottled under screwcap on 26 June 2018. TA 6.9 g/l, pH 3.3, RS 2 g/l. Vegan.
Intense, herbal, grapefruit and blackcurrant leaf freshness, avoiding sweaty thiols and passionfruit. A very slight smoky/stony quality but mostly the fruit is to the fore. On the palate, there's a little more passionfruit but grapefruit purity is the main impression, along with green fruits like greengage. Very fresh but not aggressively so, and persistent. Finishes dry and clean in the mouth. (JH)' Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com - 25 June 2019
5 Stars “Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the edge. The nose is elegant in proportion with finely concentrated, deeply penetrating aromas of pungent passionfruit harmoniously melded with tropical fruit and fresh herbs, with green stonefruit elements. This is refined in its intensity. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has fulsome and rich flavours of pungent passionfruit with tropical fruits and herbs. The mouthfeel shows some light, grainy phenolic textures allied to refreshing acidity, and the wine carries with good energy and drive to a long, lingering finish. This is a rich, fulsome and textural dry Sauvignon Blanc with intense passionfruit, tropical fruit and herb flavours with grip and fresh acidity. Match with seafood, salads and vegetables and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2+ years. Fruit from the ‘Holdaway’ vineyard, Dillons Point, fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 2 g/L RS. 18.5/20″ Raymond Chan Wine Reviews – 15/11/2018
94 Points “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.” Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review– 16/7/2018
4.5 stars “The highly aromatic 2018 vintage (4.5*) is a single-vineyard wine, grown at Dillons Point. Bottled in June, it is a very youthful wine, weighty, with ripe tropical-fruit flavours, showing excellent delicacy and depth, a slightly minerally streak, and a dry (2 grams/litre of residual sugar), lingering finish.” Michael Cooper, Buyer’s Guide 2019 – November 2018
VINUM (June 2019) "Very classic Marlborough with an intense, typical nose, notes of ripe gooseberry, exotic fruits like passion fruit and guava, also spicy notes, very refreshing and dense. The location of the vineyards on the coast brings out salty notes. A powerful and complex wine that also makes an excellent accompaniment to grilled sea fish. A touch of adventure in the glass that makes you want to travel to New Zealand's coast on your next vacation." (translated from German).