In late 1990, a young couple left Auckland to re-settle in a rural pocket of Nelson, encouragingly named ‘Hope’. Swapping city for country life, Andrew and Jenny took on a four- hectare property determined to create something of their own. The vineyard had been partially established in the mid-70s by a pioneer amateur winemaker. From a single hectare planted in the mid-1970s, the home vineyards have grown to almost nine. Prized parcels of original vines planted in 1976 remain as some of the oldest in the region. The nearby Morison Vineyard, established in 2000, adds a further four hectares. Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are our mainstays, with small blocks of Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Gewurztraminer providing colour.
Overt and aromatic and fragrant, there is a lovely expression of gooseberry fruits on the nose. The palate is rich and tropical with good weight derived from 5% barrel ageing. There are notes of green apple and citrus with a sweet ripeness on the finish.
A fabulous accompaniment to Asian-style seafood dishes. Try with oysters, scallops, crab, clams, lobster, prawns or perhaps a Thai green chicken curry, grilled fish or salmon with dill.
Harvest Harvested, 14-23 March, 2019. Processing Crushed, pressed and settled. Fermentation Inoculated with a range of yeasts and tank fermented. 10% high solids, wild ferment in seasoned French oak. Maturation Blended post ferment following a short period on gross solids. Bottled September 2019, un-fined, sterile filtered.
Wine Advocate 90 points. Jancis Robinson, 16.5 points: "Light, fresh and green. Super-focused, crystalline. Really dynamic and VGV. Almost as good as a Riesling(!)."