OUR WINE

ZEPHYR SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013

COLOUR | Pale green, fresh cut hay
NOSE | snow pea / rockmelon / fennel / jalapeno / pure / layered
PALATE | lemongrass / melon / ripe / edgy / mineral / layered / ripe lines
THE JANITOR | Ben says Classic Dillon’s Pt sub-regional characters; ethereal and lifted but with a taut structural savouriness. A year that delivered the best from our unique vineyard that will continue to challenge the senses for many years
FOOD MATCHES | Scallops, Thai Laksa, Rock Cod, prosciutto and soft Goats cheeses

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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 2013

COLOUR | bright / golden hay
NOSE | musk / ginger / fragrant / spicy / pure / funky
PALATE | floral / spiced quince / oily / lush / extroverted / dynamic
THE JANITOR | 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. Gewurz vines entering their 20's - enough said
FOOD MATCHES | Ripe wash rind cheeses, and the obvious Asian dish angle.

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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

 

ZEPHYR RIESLING 2013

COLOUR | pale green / yellow flint
NOSE | cut lemonade / green lime / ginger / crunchy / pithy / fragr
PALATE | citrus / apple flesh / textural / searching / pure / sutry
THE JANITOR | Ben says 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

> download full tasting notes | 2013
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AWARDS | 2012 vintage
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

 

ZEPHYR PINOT NOIR 2012

COLOUR | summer cherry / vibrant
NOSE | cherries / vibrant / lifted / woven / engaging.
PALATE | pure dark fruits / supple / focused / seamless / lingering / silken
THE JANITOR | Ben says Tells its story through supple fruit and a tight line of acid that dances on the palate and keeps the oak close. My house red for sure!
FOOD MATCHES | Perfect with duck confit and five spice, or a contrasting dish of smoked eel and buerre blanc covered new potatoes

> download full tasting notes | 2012
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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.