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Caythorpe - Wine2Trade Portfolio

01 January,2011

Caythorpe Family Estate is the Marlborough winegrowing venture of the Bishell family who have a history of sheep farming and cropping on Middle Renwick Road, ancestor David Bishell arriving in New Zealand in 1876 from Caythorpe, Lincolnshire. The family with fifth generation Simon Bishell, have been long time contract grape growers, first planting Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in 1987. They now have 110 ha of vines, with Riesling and Chardonnay also planted. The Bishells have now embarked on their own label releasing a Sauvignon Blanc from the 2015 vintage, and they intend to add Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to the portfolio. They have contracted as their winemaker the very experienced Jeremy McKenzie using the Isabel facility. www.caythorpe.nz

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FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Caythorpe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

18-/20
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless. The nose is fresh and full with softly concentrated aromas of pungent passionfruit along with fresh herbs, snow peas, cut grass and mineral elements. This has finesse and elegant intensity. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has softly concentrated and deep flavours of passionfruit melded with fresh herbs, snow peas and cut grass. The palate has soft and fine phenolic textures with gentle, lacy acidity providing a balanced mouthfeel and fresh liveliness. The wine flows positively to a light, dry finish of passionfruit and herbs. This is a softly concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with pungent passionfruit flavours along with herbs, snow peas and cut grass on a gently-textured, fresh palate. Serve with salads and vegetables, and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Caythorpe’ vineyard, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 2.2 g/L RS. 18.0-/20 Oct 2017 RRP $19.95

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Caythorpe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

18-/20

Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues. The nose is elegantly proportioned with fresh and intense, finely concentrated aromas of pungent passionfruit and tropical fruit with fresh herbs and white florals, unfolding hints of minerals from the core. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a fresh, softly concentrated and elegantly packed heart of pungent passionfruit, tropical fruits, subtle notes of fresh herbs with white floral nuances. The palate is soft-textured and smooth flowing, with gentle, lacy acidity providing background energy and cut. This has good linearity and the wine carries to an elegant, soft, but lingering finish. This is an elegantly presented Sauvignon Blanc with gently concentrated flavours of passionfruit and tropical fruit on a smooth-flowing palate with good energy and cut. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Caythorpe’ vineyard, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 2.4 g/L RS. 18.0-/20 Sep 2018 RRP $19.95

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Caythorpe Marlborough Riesling 2017

Riesling from New Zealand – Marlborough

18+/20
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless. The nose is elegantly presented with fresh aromas of limes and lemonade, white and exotic florals. Citrus blossom elements and hints of honeysuckle. The aromatics possess clarity and purity. Dryish to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has good depth of lime and lemon fruit flavours with white florals and hints of citrus blossom and honeysuckle, forming a tightly bound core. The mouthfeel is fresh with crisp, lacy acidity and the wine flows along a fine-textured line of fruit extract, leading to a sustained citrus-fruited and floral-nuanced finish. This is a fine and taut dryish Riesling with lime and lemon, exotic florals and honeysuckle flavours on a fresh, fine-textured palate. Match with Asian cuisine over the next 4+ years. Fruit from the ‘Caythorpe’ vineyard, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 11.5% alc. and 7.6 g/L RS, TA 7.9g/L and pH 3.0. 18.0+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $19.95

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Caythorpe Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5+/20
Moderately deep ruby-red colour with light purple hues and some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with fresh, bright and uncomplicated primary fruit aromas of dark cherries and strawberries. The fruit is up-front, unfolding nuances of dark herbs and dark red florals to form a positive core. Medium-full bodied, the palate is up-front and easy with light, succulent fruit flavours of dark cherries and strawberries, along with fresh herbs and red floral aromatics. The mouthfeel is fresh and vibrant, with lively acidity and the fruit is supportedby light, supple tannin extraction. The flavours carry through to a lingering, fruity finish. This is an elegant, up-front and accessible Pinot Noir with fresh and succulent primary cherry and strawberry fruit with a fresh mouthfeel and light, supple tannins. Match with antipasto, pasta, tapas and poultry dishes over the next 3 years. Clone 115 fruit fully destemmed, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.3% alc., the wine spending 22 days on skins and aged 11 months in seasoned French oak. 5 barrels made. 16.5+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $24.95

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Caythorpe Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

17/20

Even, purple hued ruby-red colour, lighter on the edge. The nose is elegantly proportioned with fresh, firm aromas of dark-red cherry and berry fruit forming a tight, finely concentrated core entwined with subtle notes of dark herbs and a suggestion of earth, unfolding some red liquorice and red floral notes. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours are elegant in presentation with vibrant flavours of red cherry fruit entwined with red florals and a subtle layer of fresh and dark herbs. The flavours form a slender, but concentrated heart, and the fruit is supported by light, grainy tannins with fresh acidity enlivening the mouthfeel. The wine is bright and energetic and carries to a fresh finish. This is an elegant, slender, refreshing Pinot Noir with red cherry fruit along with florals and herbs on a palate with some grip and brisk acidity. Serve with salmon and tuna, and with antipasto over the next 3 years. Clone 115 fruit from the ‘Caythorpe’ vineyard, fully destemmed and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 21 days on skis and aged 11 months in 25% new French oak. 17.0/20 Sep 2018 RRP $24.95

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