“Unlike the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc comes off vineyards on the Waimea Plains. Twenty percent is barrel fermented to try to get some more texture into the wine. Always a touch green, the 2017 is no exception, showing hints of green bean that come dangerously close to asparagus, but then it balances those with currant and pink grapefruit notes. It's plump and medium-bodied, with a bit of creaminess on the mid-palate.”
“The 2016 Chardonnay Moutere stands tall as one of New Zealand's top Chardonnays. It may not be as intensely concentrated as some vintages, but this medium-bodied wine still carries itself with elegance and grace. Toasty oak frames refined melon and pear fruit, peach and pineapple, all underscored by a silky texture and a fine line of citrus that lingers on the finish.”
“Coming off the region's clay-based soils, it offers plenty of volume and power without sacrificing purity of fruit. Black cherries, cola and savory, meaty notes all combine in a dark whirl of flavor that's framed by supple tannins. Hints of cardamom, cinnamon and clove linger on the silky finish.”
“Cherries, plums, cinnamon and clove all mingle on the nose of the 2015 Pinot Noir Tom's Block. This medium-bodied wine turns more savory on the palate, shaped by crisp acids, firm tannins and some cola-like, meaty notes.”
“This has a very bright and upright feel to it with ripe red and dark cherries, plenty of spice and smooth even tannins that carry long. Acidity has a refreshing role throughout. Very drinkable. Screw cap.
“Healthy mid crimson. Savoury yeast-extract (Marmite) notes on the nose. Vibrant bright fruit and lots of fun. Still quite marked acidity and fine tannins but very promising. Firm spine. Confident, rather dry grip on the palate. But pretty yummy overall, impressively long, and not ridiculously expensive. Not nearly as ambitious as the Moutere Pinot Noir.”