Pours a pale straw colour in the glass with vibrant flecks of gold. The bead is delicate and persistent.
The bouquet opens with textbook yeast autolysis, like breaking open the crust of a freshly baked loaf of sourdough. Detailed aromas of nougat, nectarine, crushed strawberry and fennel mingle with wisteria and summer florals.
Enjoy in its youth with hors d’oeuvres, poultry or fish; or cellar up to 8 years if you prefer a more mature, vintage style.
Pristine and dry in the traditional Brut style, the palate shows off an array of wild berry fruits with a vinous citrus lift; the acidity racy and crisp, accentuating the fruit purity. The finish is long and luscious, like biting into a perfectly ripe Rose apple, until the impression of fino sherry and aldehydic complexity from extended bottle-age contributes grip, salinity and sophistication. Long, seamless and complex, The Griffin is a gastronomic style of methode traditionnelle that captures the beauty of the 2016 season in Martinborough.
A blend of 50% clone 2/23 Chardonnay from the ‘Om Santi’ vineyard and 50% clone 5 Pinot Noir from the ‘Pinnacles’ vineyard, fermented to 12.4% alc. with 6 g/L dosage, the wine undergoing MLF, and aged one year on primary lees then 2 years on lees in bottle, the wine disgorged March 2019
Picking Date: April 2016
Bottled: October 2016