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Caythorpe 2017 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling

11 October,2017
Caythorpe Family Estate is Marlborough the agricultural business of the Bishell family, now in its fifth generation of ownership and management. As part of farming diversification, the Bishells planted grapes in 1987, and now have 110 ha of vines on their 190 ha property next to the Woodbourne airport. The majority of the vines are Sauvignon Blanc, but there are 3 ha of Riesling and Pinot Noir and 4 ha of Chardonnay. The Bishells are very successful contract growers, but as with many growers eventually established their own label, with the release of a Sauvignon Blanc from the 2015 vintage. In June this year, they introduced a Pinot Noir from the 2016 vintage to their range. Now, they are adding a Riesling from the 2017 vintage to the portfolio. The wines are made by Jeremy McKenzie at the Isabel Estate facility. Jeremy assists in viticultural advice as well as the fruit selection for the styles of wines for the Caythorpe label. The wines to date have shown clear varietal and regional character, and very good quality for an emerging brand. Here, I review the new 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.


Caythorpe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

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

Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

Caythorpe Marlborough Riesling 2017

Riesling from New Zealand – Marlborough

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

Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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