Complex aromas of melon and tropical fruit, Asian pear and jasmine blossom. A third of the Sauv Blanc was barrel fermented and aged sur lie, which contributes complexity and richness. The Semillon (10%) fills out the palate with a waxy texture amidst fig and sweet fruit flavours. It’s time for roast chicken.
The domaine has been actively growing vines and producing wines from their clay/chalk soils since 1885. The Chenin in this cuvee, which comes from Bron and St-Florent in Saumur, was fermented cold and matured on fine lees for 4 months in barrel, with regular battonage. Lime sherbet leads, giving this a sharp, acerbic edge from the start — even more than Chenin normally carries. Lemon/lime, white cherry, yogurt, verbena and greengage carry a Chenin waxy weight (and a bump of RS) but green apple tartness and stony, tight texture. Not pretty, but distinctive. Asparagus omelette, arugula salad or sardines on toast are looking for this.
Minerals, lime, powdered candies and stone fruit are all present in this beautiful Riesling. Its low alcohol content combined with fresh acid and a smidge of residual sugar make it all the more attractive. Sushi, anyone?
Very pale. Classic citrusy nose with floral notes, hints of chalk. Firm acidity in the fully dry palate, reserved fruity taste. Finish is on minerally notes. An honest glass of French Riesling to be enjoyed soon.
The Awatere Valley-sourced fruit means a more focused, delicate style than other kiwi Gris, so look for apple aromas and intense flavours with a long finish. A tremendously food-friendly wine, and very palate-cleansing with a cheese course.
Pino Flaibani owns 5 hectares of steep, terraced, hilltop vineyards and makes one wine, and this blush Pinot Grigio is it. As in the traditional Friulian way, this was left on the skins for a few hours, imparting the characterful copper-blush hue (much like the label). A silken palate brings light florals, gentle peach blossom and lifted acidity, with the extended skin contact providing a lick of texture and interest. A charming example, and a nice offset to commercial Italian Pinot Grigio.
A very nice Sauvignon Blanc made from organically grown fruit that shows lime, grapefruit, fresh herbs, some grassy notes and a touch of tropical fruit on the nose. This is fresh and balanced on the palate with lovely grapefruit-lime notes and just a hint of herbs and grass.