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Tasting Notes

Pale straw.


Bright aromas of mandarin and apple blossom with a hint of saline.


Crisp and refreshing with an abundance of lemon and lime characters with a hint of white pepper and lifted spice. The palate has extra body and texture from partial barrel fermentation and lees contact. Elegant in style with a lingering finish.

Ageing Potential:

Drinking beautifully now, this wine will continue to evolve and reward for at least three years from vintage date.

Winemaking and Viticulture

Stewart Maclennan


Picked in the cool of the evening, this Albariño arrived at the winery swiftly and was immediately pressed. The later press-fraction was separated out and fermented in seasoned barriques, with the lightly pressed free run juice fermented in 70 per cent stainless steel tank and 30 per cent seasoned French barriques. The pressings fraction made an exquisite addition back to the final blend and no further balancing or fining was required prior to bottling.


The vineyard is pruned to a three cane ‘Vertical Shoot Positioning’ system (VSP) with moderate exposure to sunlight. A balanced crop load was carried which gives the hangtime necessary to concentrate flavours without risking ripeness. The vines do not seem to mind the windier conditions experienced in the Awatere Valley.

Block: 29

Lower Dashwood, Awatere Valley.


Soils: Wind blown loess over alluvial soils.

Topography: Flat, located on the northern bank and top terrace of the Awatere Valley.

Climate: Maritime; cooler and experiences more wind than the Wairau Valley.

Regional Characteristics & Contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

Located on the upper terrace of the Awatere Valley the gravel laden soils combined with a reliable harvest season wind encourage slow and even ripening in the valley. This terroir suits the long ripening Albariño grape with its naturally high acidity relying on time and weather to reach peak physiological ripeness.

Wine Analysis
Wine Analysis:

Alcohol 12.5% v/v

Residual sugar 3g/L

Acidity 7.7g/L

pH 3.47

Our Food Match Recommendation:

An ideal match with ceviche or sashimi.

Vegan friendly

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