Clear straw color. This is quite a departure from your average New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Fermented in previously filled French oak barrels for 12 months using indigenous yeasts, this wine is more like fine white Bordeaux. Complex aromatics swirl from the glass, showing layers of lemon oil, high-toned bell pepper, grapefruit pulp, melon, field herbs, fresh hay, vanilla and chalk. Palate-coating, rich flavors of lemon cream and tropical fruit spread out and follow through to the lip-smacking finish. Forget the fresh oysters; enjoy this white as an aperitif, or pair with shrimp in a ginger/garlic cream sauce.
MSRP: $29 (May 2012)
Wine Lines rating: 91