When growing and making this wine, Martinborough vineyard Margrain had one clear idea in mind - that it must not taste like sauvignon blanc!
The majority of the effort went in in the vineyard, doing unthinkable things like shoot thinning, crop reduction,100% leaf plucking and not considering harvesting until flavours were fully ripe and the skins a glowing gold colour.
In the winery they fermented a small portion in old oak and were in no hurry to bottle and release the wine while the flavours were raw and raucous.
The palate is lush, rounded and powerful with generous flavours - freshly set quince paste, pineapple and the firm, clean tartness of Granny Smith apples.
See what you think.