The wine emanates a ripe fruit bouquet, suggestive of pears, yellow-fleshed peaches and fresh raw figs. These same flavours flow through into the palate where the wine has impressive fruit concentration and depth. A steely backbone complements its off-dry finish and provides a tingling minerality which helps draw out the lingering after-taste.
Warm and settled weather in North Canterbury during December provided optimal conditions for flowering. A perfect summer, followed by a warm dry autumn enabled the subsequent grapes to be picked with excellent flavour development and physiological ripeness.
On the nose there are pronounced aromas of stone fruit, lychees and pear drops, underpinned with honeysuckle and tropical spices. It is full-bodied, concentrated and unctuous in the mouth with a tangy hint of root ginger. The earlier picked fruit adds freshness and satisfying acidity, while the noble botrytis and lees ageing have increased the mouth feel and complexity of this wine.