A single vineyard wine, from the Gimblett Gravels sub-region of Hawke’s Bay, and from the excellent 2019 vintage.
Opens with a mouth-watering bouquet of grapefruit, cashew, nectarine and caramel, lit with florals of elderflower and orange blossom. There’s a touch of flinty reductivity on the nose too, and a wisp of yeasty brioche to round out the aromas. Full bodied, complex and with real presence. The palate, which is tight and filled with a lithe tension, opens out, after a good swirl to aereate, and reveals ripe tropical fruit flavours of peach, honeydew, toffee-apple and more citrus as the thread of keen acidity drives it along. Vibrant, toasty oak is evident – with some roasted almond, baking spices and vanilla notes deeper in the layers. Generously textured – plush and enveloping, through to the lengthy, satisfying finish. 95pts.