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Tasting Notes

Pale straw


Lifted aromas of tropical passionfruit, green capsicum and blackcurrant leaf.


Intense flavours of ripe passionfruit and gooseberry combined with a green herbaceous thread and a salty mineral note on the finish.

Ageing potential:

Drinking beautifully now and will be at its best over the next two years.

Winemaking and Viticulture

Stewart Maclennan and Hamish Clark 

Winemaking and Viticulture:

The fruit was sourced from a selection of premium vineyards located in the Dillons Point sub-region of the lower Wairau Valley, at the mouth of the Wairau River. These vineyards are planted on floodplains, rich in nutrients, producing wines with heightened expression.

Each vineyard block was harvested at optimum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness. Grapes were transported to the winery quickly and pressed off immediately to minimise skin contact. After cold settling, the juice from each batch was fermented at cool temperatures using selected yeast strains. Each batch was assessed for quality and only the best components were selected for this James Sinclair blend.

Wine Analysis
Wine Analysis:

Alcohol 13.0%v/v

Residual sugar 2.2g/litre

Acidity 7.5g/litre

pH 3.21

Food Match
Our Food Match Recommendation:

A perfect match for pan-fried fresh fish with corn salsa.

Vegetarian friendly

Tasting Notes PDF
Click here to open 2020 tasting notes as a PDF.
Previous Vintages Tasting Notes:

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

Awards & Accolades

GOLD MEDAL - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2021

5 STARS - NZ WineRater 2020

SILVER MEDAL - NZ International Wine Show 2020

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