($20) Very pale color. Complex, soil-driven nose hints at gooseberry, fresh herbs, smoke and flint, along with a lightly saline character. Then supple but firm in the mouth, with a saline, smoky minerality and musky herbs dominating. Today, the rather flinty barrel notes dominate the wine's fruit. This round, broad, dry wine needs to be served with food.
87 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
About New Zealand
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