Made up of Marsanne, Roussanne, Chardonnay, Viognier, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. Where’s the love for Fiano, Savagnin and Arneis I ask you?! Co-fermented in demi muids (600 litre French barrels).
Busy, busy. So many layers. Best to begin with texture and shape. Slippery in the mouth, spiked with ginger and warm spice and driven by stony acidity. Moves into beeswax halfway through the line. Not best described as unctuous although the flavour and body are substantial upfront. Comes into sharper, narrower focus on the finish. Honeysuckle and white flowers, herbal tea, apricot, lime, wheat germ, grass and passionfruit. All sorts of aromas, most of them very subtle. There’s no shortage of interest but don’t mistake it for a Frankenstein wine. 92
Tasted: March 2014