92 pts James Suckling
Dried peaches and lemons with some stone and mineral aromas. Medium body with a very dry and creamy texture. Flavorful finish. Serious mouth feel here. Drink now. Screw cap.
The Taylors Pass Vineyard is located on the northern bank of the Awatere River in southern Marlborough. The average vine age is between 14-19 years old. Sheltered from prevailing cool easterly winds, each terrace of the. Sheltered from prevailingd cool easterly winds, vineyard has varying soil types, stony gravels are nearest the river, whereas the mid-terrace has silt over gravels and the highest terrace is deeper silt over clay-papa base. This patchwork of soil types provides the vineyard with dramatically variable ripening patterns.
A near-perfect growing season led up to 2020 harvest with fruit in pristine condition. The summer was dry with high sunshine hours during the day and the cooler nights that are typical for Marlborough. Yields were at their optimum level and the stable autumn weather allowed us to extend the hangtime of the fruit on the vines to achieve physiological ripeness.
The 2020 Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Sauvignon Blanc has lifted aromatics of fresh garden peas and blackcurrants mingled with herbs such as coriander. On the palate are concentrated flavours of jalapeño and lemongrass, with a punchy finish of lime zest and a hint of gunflint. A key point of interest in this wine is the chalky texture reminiscent of wet river stones.