Margrain Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2010, Martinborough

Margrain Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2010Pale yellow core with shades of bright green hue; lime peel, fresh stoned fruits, floral tones on the nose. Off-dry, ripe lime, mineral, fresh ripe guava, slightly spicy, clean and crisp. Medium to medium-plus finish; medium-plus acidity. Only 11.5% v/v. This is one of the only six producers in NZ who grows this variety and I possibly find this interesting based on that very fact. The botrytis version of this is pretty good too – not cloyingly sweet with sufficient acidity to cut through the sweetness stickiness (and with a somewhat long finish). Margrain carries a huge portfolio (about 14 wines produced) for such a small vineyard. Not easy feat I’d say but most of the other wines lack a little focus I’m afraid.

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