Margrain Vineyard ‘Old Vine’ Chenin Blanc 2017

Martinborough | $67

Don’t be fooled by the delicate hue which is diminutively reminiscent of an ear of rye. The nose rears up like a stallion eager to mount the seven kingdoms, showing powerful aromas of white peach, tangy grapefruit and honey roasted muesli. Sweet lemon curd and pure white vanilla lead on to passion fruit skin and a cranberry astringency. The young wine opens remarkably in the glass to reveal piquant arum lily, spicy peppertree, an intriguing hint of sweetmeat then something ancient and familiar like the fibrous wool of a saddle worn kilim. In the mouth this is one fat bird! Plump and chewable, there is a beautiful succulence like flesh departing the bone of a slow roasted pheasant. The fruit flavours are somewhat blurred as honey glazed dried apricot and candied orange zest play hide and seek with stewed rhubarb and the tart bite of granny smith apple. There is minerality to the texture somewhere between schist and shale and like steps hewn into an ice cliff, the cuboid structure is solid enough to keep even the White Walkers at bay. There is a burst of earth-quenching acidity which kick starts the taste buds and spreads deliciously to the farthest reaches of the palate. A wave of ash-fine phenolics builds then recedes like sand on an ebbing tide, to smooth any rough edges from the palate. Though the wine shows youthful desire, there is something more complex and homely in the finish like a wide hipped and sure footed Dothraki princess.” Strat Canning – Winemaker

Margrain Vineyard

Martinborough

Family owned since 1992, Margrain Vineyard offers a complete vineyard experience. Set in the heart of the Martinborough vineyard area, the company’s aim since the outset has been to grow top quality grapes and produce wines of excellence. In pursuit of this goal no compromise has been made.

Over 36 years, the roots of the old vines have penetrated down many metres eking out small deposits of minerals and any remaining moisture which evens out seasonal effect and negates the need for irrigation in even the driest of summers.

Margrain Vineyard ‘Old Vine’ Chenin Blanc 2017

Martinborough | $67

$67 inc. GST

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