Whites and Rosé

Gewürztraminer 2019

Awaiting notes but please be aware it is a very different kettle of fish than the 2018 with only 16 g/l residual sugar.

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Chenin Blanc 2018

I do not often mention the influence of the season in the tasting notes but 2017-18 was an exceptional case; not perfect by any means but the results were astounding. An unprecedented hot and dry spring and early summer period set the fruit up so nicely that late season rain, humidity and even a brace of tropical cyclones couldn’t spoil the luscious ripe flavours.

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Riesling 2019

Planted in 2008 into a block where 28 year old Cabernet Sauvignon vines had been removed, these vines struggled pathetically for more than 10 years to establish themselves and produced tiny crops of somewhat indifferent fruit. 2019 however was a watershed year and they finally offered up a nice crop of 2.5 tonnes per acre which they managed to ripen to perfection. Riesling is still a firm favourite amongst winemakers and this example reinforces why.


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Pinot Gris 2018

It has been said there are only two things in life on which one can depend: death and taxes. I would venture to suggest we could add Margrain Pinot Gris to that list, with its consistent and confronting bone dry attack, ball-breaking monolithic structure and an aggressive texture which quite unabashedly demands food to go with. Of all our varietals this is the one which seems to shun the concept of vintage variation, instead consistently reflecting its zero sugar, extended lees contact and the gift of time in the bottle prior to release.

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Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2018

I hear so much BS about Chardonnay I hardly know which way to turn. Since when did everybody become such an expert on the variety? When discussing Riesling they don’t say “Oh I only like the citrusy ones”, or Pinot Noir “Nah, too plummy for me…”. Most wines live or die by their innate quality and typicity of variety. With Chardonnay however, some folks only drink “oaky” ones, some “buttery”, some “fruity” and others “broad and complex”.

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