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Gewürztraminer 2020

Released 1 November 2020

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Chenin Blanc 2019

Released 29/11/2020

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Grüner Veltliner 2021

Second release from our very own vines - awaiting Strat's notes.

Bob Campbell says: "Medium-dry grüner veltliner with just a whisker of sweetness on the finish, but it is nicely balanced by fruity acidity. Gentle citrus, grapefruit, pawpaw, loquat and subtle spicy flavours. A distinctive style."   92/100

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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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Sauvignon Blanc 2020

 

The fruit for this wine now comes exclusively from the vines grown in the top corner of the original Winery vineyard and therefore is perhaps deserving of a “Home Block” label…. The block sits at the highest point of the vineyard atop an almost imperceptible rise which just so happens to be on the tail end of the narrow clay reef which runs right through the Martinborough grape belt. Whilst not impeding drainage, the finer soil imparts a light chalkiness and intriguing minerality to the palate.

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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 2020

Released 1 October 2021 ... awaiting Strat's notes.

Bob Campbell says: "Creamy-textured chardonnay with white peach, citrus, lime, hazelnut, root ginger and baguette crust flavours supported by punchy acidity and fine tannins."  93/100

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