COLOUR | Pale green / lime leaf
NOSE | snow pea / white grapefruit / coriander / pure / verve / punchy
PALATE | lemongrass / rock melon / lemonade acidity / fleshy / umami / line
THE WINEMAKER | Ben says Classic Dillon’s Pt sub-regional characters; ethereal and lifted but with a taut structural savouriness. A year that accentuates the vibrant spectrum of our single vineyard with fruit energy and exquisite purity.
FOOD MATCHES | Scallops / soft goats cheese / rock cod / prosciutto

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AWARDS | 2014 vintage
Gold, Royal Easter Show, 2015

REVIEWS | 2014 vintage
> Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz - Oct 2014
This is impressively fruited and fabulously good drinking. It's filled tasty stone fruit, lemon zest and rockmelon with subtle herbal influence. The palate is full, generous and long with plenty of succulent flavours. At its best: now to 2018.

REVIEWS | 2013 vintage
Michael Cooper
Winestate Magazine - July/August 2014
Distinctive, estate-grown wine from Dillons Point, in the lower Wairau Valley. Fleshy and crisp, with excellent weight and depth of vibrant melon, gooseberry and lime flavours, and slightly salty and leesy notes adding complexity. One of the best sauvignon blancs of the vintage.

AWARDS | 2012 vintage
Silver, Royal Easter Show, 2013

REVIEWS | 2012 vintage
Raymond Chan
4/5 stars | 18-/20
Brilliant pale straw-green colour, pale on rim. This has a tight, concentrated nose of fresh gooseberries and building pungent passionfruit aromas, along with some flinty notes all interwoven and integrated. Dry to taste, the palate is fulsome, open and upfront with concentrated passionfruit flavours supported by gooseberries and dark herbs. The mouthfeel is soft and harmonious, with balanced, restrained acidity. The flavours are moderated by some alcohol drive through the mid-palate which leads to a gentle, sustained finish with mineral and herbal nuances. This is an open and harmonious Sauvignon Blanc with a concentrated heart of pungent pasionfruit flavours. Match with seafood and poultry over the next 2+ years. A single vineyard wine from Dillons Point, cool-fermented to 13.5% alc. and 5.8 g/L rs. 18.0-/20 May 2012


ZEPHYR Gewurztraminer 2014

COLOUR | bright / golden hay
NOSE | musk / ginger / quince / spicy / pure / funky
PALATE | textural / salty phenolics/ pure / unctuous / rich / extroverted / dynamic
THE WINEMAKER | On the edge and definitely a wine that can work the room. All that spice with a story that keeps you listening long into the night.
FOOD MATCHES | Ripe wash rind cheeses, and the obvious Asian dish angle.

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REVIEWS | 2014 vintage
> Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz - Oct 2014
The wine shows classic gewurz perfume in an elegant way, showing peach, mango, spice and floral notes on the nose, followed by a concentrated and juicy palate that's expressive and finely textured. A beautiful dry style, the wine delivers youthful vibrancy as well as refinement and rounded mouthfeel. At its best: now to 2019.

REVIEWS | 2013 vintage
> Cuisine Magazine - March 2014 | #1 in Top 5 | Best Buy
Our top wine brings together fresh fragrances, such as rosehip and quince, and more savoury spice notes, such as nutmeg. It is fresh and lively, finishing dry with an attractive textural flourish. "It's not a flamboyant version," said John Belsham. "The savoury element doesn't detract, but makes it more complete and food-friendly." Winemaker Ben Glover says it is "stunning" with warmed De Brood Bakker's sourdough baguette with Over the Moon's Galactic Gold Wash Rind Cheese.

AWARDS | 2012 vintage
Trophy, Champion Gewurztraminer, Bragato wine awards, 2013
Gold, Bragato Wine Awards, 2013
Gold, Royal Easter show, 2013
Pure Silver, Air NZ Wine AWARDS, 2012

REVIEWS | 2012 vintage

> geoffkellywinereviews.co.nz | 18 1/2 - 5 stars
Lemonstraw, minutely deeper than the Bladen. Oh boy, after their excessively restrained sauvignon blanc and riesling, the Zephyr Gewurztraminer is the real thing. It is not perfumed like the Bladen, there is just that magical bit of extra ripeness to fill out the bouquet to satisfying yellow florals (as in wild-ginger blossom) and lychee, plus great varietal character. Palate is just as good, the phenolics beautifully balanced on great flesh, real body, beautiful acid balance, clearly drier than the Bladen. This is great New Zealand gewurztraminer, to cellar 3 - 10 years. GK 04/13
> Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier | 4 stars
Fragrant, floral, gently spiced and quite classical with nougat, lavender, rose and apple fruits laced with a hint of clove. Off-dry, warm, lush and generous with flowers and suggestions of apple, rose and nougat. Medium+ acidity and medium weight - a very giving wine with spicy highlights and ginger finish.

AWARDS | 2008 vintage
Liquorland International Wine Competition 2010
Decanter World Wine AWARDS 2010



COLOUR | pale green / yellow flint
NOSE | cut lemonade / green lime / ginger / crunchy / pithy / fragrant
PALATE | citrus / apple flesh / textural / searching / pure / sutry
THE WINEMAKER | This is sultry summer evenings personified. The wine delivers a Jekyll and Hyde of pert phenolics and driven purity. Did I mention balance? Love it!
FOOD MATCHES | Sultry mates, summer salads, squid and sashimi

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AWARDS | 2014 vintage
'Best Riesling from New Zealand' & New Zealand High Commission Perpetual Trophy, Canberra International Riesling Challenge, 2015
NZ Riesling Elite Gold (equal to or better than 96/100pts), Canberra International Riesling Challenge, 2015
Champion Riesling Trophy & Gold medal, International Aromatic Competition, 2015

REVIEWS | 2014 vintage
> Cuisine Magazine | #2 in Top 10
Earthy, broom flower florals give this dry wine a slightly “sauvage” dimension. In the mouth, the racy acids take you on a great ride through colourful splashes of citrus and apple. It was made by winemaker Ben Glover, who also had a hand in our eighth-placed riesling.

> Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz - Oct 2014
Youthful and delightful, the delicately fragrant nose shows ripe citrus, fresh apple, floral and a touch of flinty notes. It's juicy and vibrant on the palate with excellent focus and fine texture, finishing long and crisp. Charming, pure and pleasingly dry. At its best: now to 2020.

AWARDS | 2012 vintage
Gold, Sydney International Wine Competition, 2016
Gold, Royal Easter Show, 2014
Gold, Marlborough Wine Show, 2013
Gold, Royal Easter Show, 2013

REVIEWS | 2012 vintage
> Cuisine Magazine - March 2014 | Best Buy
This "totally seductive" wine rocked Cameron Douglas's world and earned high praise from the entire panel. It's a big, concentrated wine, beautifully fragrant, offering bright apple notes and a pure lick of acidity.
> Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier for 2012 vintage | 4.5 Stars
Generous and lush with a rich mix of citrus and apple fruit suggestions; apricot and mandarin skin add layers of generosity. An off-dry aroma of sweet lemonade popsicle adds both a familiar smell and a little more complexity. A striking texture with a particular focus on how the acidity captures the palate, but is forgiven by the generosity of fruit and lick of residual sugar. Sweet air, white flowers and wet stone flavours add to the length and appeal of this wine. A lovely example and great aperitif.
> goodfood.com.au by Ralph Kyte-Powell | 92/100
Lovely varietal purity offering delicate floral, lime zest and slatey aromas. It's not quite dry in the Australian sense, with a beautifully managed whisper of fruit sweetness woven through steely structure and high acidity. Delicious.

AWARDS | 2011 vintage
Silver, Royal Easter Show, 2013
Silver, Royal Easter Show, 2012



COLOUR | bright red / intense cherry
NOSE | cherries / vibrant / lifted / woven / engaging
PALATE | lively fruits / supple / focused / tension / seamless / lingering / silken / dancing
THE WINEMAKER | Tells its story at home, proud, unassuming, supple, subtle, quiet achiever. Delivers clarity to a confusing space - perfume, tension, sinew, length, and above all its willingness to share its talent and class!
FOOD MATCHES | Perfect with Angry Duck from the Bamboo! Or a contrasting dish of smoked eel and buerre blanc covered new potatoes

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AWARDS | 2014 vintage
Silver, Air New Zealand Wine Awards, 2015

REVIEWS | 2012 vintage
> Nicks Wine Merchant’s Wine and Spirit Guide | 91 points
Semi translucent dark crimson red colour with dark crimson hue. The nose shows very good intensity with top notes of ripe dark cherries infused with anise followed by dark plums, well integrated toasty cedar and spice. Light to medium weight the palate has flavours of dark cherries alongside some anise, toasty cedar and spice. Lacks that extra degree of power and depth on the palate. Supple mouthfeel with velvet smooth tannins. Aftertaste of dark cherries, dark plum, anise and subtle spicy toasty cedar. Cellar 3-4 years.

AWARDS | 2011 vintage
Silver, Marlborough Wine Show 2013

REVIEWS | 2011 vintage
> Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier | 4 stars
A youthful and lively bouquet of raspberry centred fruit, red apple skin and crisp cherry ideas. A distinctive and separate oak layer points to a wine still in development. Dry, firm and youthful with medium+ acidity; fine but firm tannins and a collection of raspberry centred fruit flavours. A lovely wine that is both young to the taste and generous in its simplicity. Balanced overall and well made. 2+ years of cellar time required.



COLOUR | bright | green straw
NOSE | spice / citrus / lemon / mealy / subtle funk
PALATE | texture / phenolics/ chewy onion skin / oak spice
THE WINEMAKER | Marlborough Chardonnay, flint, funk and line; a coiled spring with richness and freaky talent. Our first Chardonnay out of the stable wanting to strut, unbridled pleasure.
FOOD MATCHES | fish bisque / pauaravioli

> download full tasting notes | 2015