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Gewürztraminer 2020

Released 1 November 2020

Awaiting tasting notes from Strat

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Grüner Veltliner 2020

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

Bob Campbell says: "Intense and moderately complex grüner with lime zest, green apple, white pepper, green tea and green nectarine flavours. A small amount of sweetness is nicely balanced by crisp acidity to give a pleasing tension. An impressive wine." 94/100

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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 2019

When growing and making this wine we had one clear idea in mind: that it must not taste like Sauvignon Blanc! The majority of the effort went in in the vineyard, doing unthinkable things like shoot thinning, crop reduction,100% leaf plucking and not considering harvesting until flavours were fully ripe and the skins a glowing gold colour. In the winery we fermented a small portion in old oak and were in no hurry to bottle and release the wine while the flavours were raw and raucous. See what you think.

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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 2019

I have long been an advocate of the fruit-forward style of Chardonnay and of the opinion that Martinborough fruit favours this fresher and slightly simpler expression of the variety. However, as the majority of our Chardonnay vines approach their 30th year in the ground, the texture and flavour profiles of the fruit have matured in tandem with vine age.

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