Marlborough, 2022 New Zealand
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.
Marlborough, 2021 New Zealand
Spoke 'Brink' Sauvignon Blanc - Semillon, Marlborough, New Zealand 2021
Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon
The grapes for Spoke's 'Brink' come from Marlborough's oldest organic vineyard, the Brink vineyard. The wine plays homage to the white Graves in Bordeaux or Margaret River's equivalent in Western Australia, with a classic blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon (75%/25%). Hand harvested and whole bunch fermented together, with wild yeasts, in old oak barrels to create a lively white. There's some herbs and citrus fruit notes, along with stone fruits like peach, apricot. There's a fullness here, combined with graceful acidity that keeps it fresh.
Pairs well with grilled vegetables, grilled or herb-roasted chicken and your favourite hard cheese.
"This is complex and lively, with some fennel and grapefruit, as well as a core of yellow fruits including apricot, peach and plum, as well as some persimmon notes. It combines freshness and fruity richness, with these lovely aniseed and fennel notes. Like top white Bordeaux with the volume knob turned up."
- 92/100 Jamie Goode. August 2023