The fruit was grown exclusively on “Caythorpe” situated in the heart of the Central Wairau Plains. The 2019 growing season was characterised by an early bud burst and a hot, dry summer. Two and three cane vertical shoot positioned vines were carefully managed to ensure moderate yields that delivered intensity of flavours. Fruit was assessed daily during the ripening period to identify optimum sugar/acid balance and desired flavour characteristics for harvest.
A single parcel was harvested March 26th; immediately pressed to limit skin contact and fermented with specific yeasts in 100% cool stainless steel by winemaker Jeremy McKenzie. After a period of sitting on lees the finished wine was bottled July 2019.
Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW) accredited.
Colour - Bright, very pale straw
Bouquet - Intensely aromatic with pungent passionfruit, nectarine and notes of citrus
Palate - Dry; the palate features elegant and concentrated flavours of passionfruit, green rockmelon, grapefruit and lemon peel characters.
Alcohol 13.0% Residual Sugar 1.4 g/l
91 Points - Sam Kim Wine Orbit
90 Points - Bob Campbell MW