Spoke 'Awatere' Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2022
Spoke 'Awatere' comes from the Awatere River Valley, in Marlborough, which is slightly cooler that its neighbouring subregions of the Wairau and Southern Valleys. There's a distinct oceanic influence here with the ocean winds helping to cool the vines at night. The dry, free-draining, greywacke gravels are equally important, all helping to 'stress' the vines resulting in a greater depth of flavour.
Awatere is a little more European in style with lip smacking acidity balanced by melon and nectarine flavours. A deliciously-reaffirmingly-juicy Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc.
Pairs well with shellfish dishes, vegetable dishes and soft cheese.
"This is bright and focused with a crisp grapefruit and lime character, as well as some pretty passionfruit notes in the background. There’s a hint of green here, too: delicate and fine, with some tomato leaf. Such purity and focus to this wine. Benchmark." 92/100 Jamie Goode Wineanorak.com August 2023
“There are lemon undertones to the peachy and tropical nose. Medium-bodied with silky texture. Succinct and restrained with mineral notes accompanying the fresh tropical fruit." James Suckling.com
5* "Simply thrilling and mind-boggling value for money" Mathew Jukes
Spoke 'Amped' Chardonnay, Isabel Vineyard, Marlborough, New Zealand 2022
Amped Chardonnay hails from the organic Isabel vineyard and sees much of the same treatments as its siblings, whole bunch pressed and wild yeast fermentation, plus, on this occasion, barrel fermentation. The oak's presence is subtle though and there's definitely a parallel with Burgundy's Pouilly Fuisse.
It's dry but it's beautifully balanced too, with a rich, textured mouthfeel. Aromatic, with yellow apple and stone fruits and a touch of almonds on the nose. The minerality carries through to give it a deliciously long finish with lovely apple and citrus fruit. If this was a Burgundy you'd be edging the decimal point a little to the right...
Try it with good fish, seafood pasta or risotto, some Brie de Meaux or Wicklow Blue.