The Bishell family represent the modern face of New Zealand farming where success can come from diversification. The Bishells established themselves in Middle Renwick Road in Marlborough as sheep farmers and crop-growers from the arrival of David Bishell from Caythorpe in Lincolnshire in 1876. Now in the fifth generation, over half of their land is devoted to grapes, with most of the 110 ha planted to Sauvignon Blanc. Having proven themselves as contract growers, the Bishells embarked on their own label ‘Caythorpe’ (as you do), bottling a portion of their best fruit with the contacted winemaking of Jeremy McKenzie at Isabel Estate. The first wine was a Sauvignon Blanc from the 2015 vintage. The Caythorpe range has grown to include a Riesling and a Pinot Noir.
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Caythorpe Riesling 2018, MarlboroughRiesling from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 04-Aug-2020Bright, light yellow-green, even throughout. The nose is elegant and soft with fragrances of lemon, lime and peels, green apple and a slight toffee apple tone. Light-bodied, dry to taste, flavours of citrus fruit, lime sorbet and stonefruit, flows along with stony mineral to a light toffee apple finish. The fruit is pure and fresh, reflecting the crunchy minerals, leaves a refreshing sensation. The great acid drive flows smoothly with a light phenolic texture, a light tone of toffee apple lifted the finish with interest. This is a light & refreshing Riesling with crunchy citrus and mineral features. Match with white fish and calms over the next 2-3 years. Fermented in stainless steel to 11.5% alc, 8.5 g/l RS. 18-/20 pts Aug 2020 RRP $20
Caythorpe Chardonnay 2019, MarlboroughChardonnay from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 04-Aug-2020Bright, light yellow with some depth, even colour throughout. The nose is gently full with flavours of stonefruit, young ginger, barrel spices melded with a touch of cream and subtle floral. Medium-bodied, nuances of lemon, candied pear, stonefruit, interweaved with vanilla, creamy caramel and oak spice detail. The mouthfeel is soft-textured and rounded with balanced, lively acidity, underlaying the caramel notes, flows smoothly to a lingering finish of lemony, vibrant finish. This is a fresh and youthful Chardonnay with detail of stonefruit, citrus and creamy caramel. Match with chicken with creamy sauce over the next 2-3 years. Fermented in French oak, 15% new, to 13% alc. Aged in oak for 11 months. 17.5/20 pts Aug 2020 RRP $25
Caythorpe Pinot Noir 2019, MarlboroughPinot Noir from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 04-Aug-2020Moderate, light ruby-red with some depth, even throughout. The nose is softly full with primary fruit of cherries and boysenberries, unfolding light mineral and nutty oak element. Medium-bodied, the fruit is upfront and vibrant with red cherries and boysenberries, succulent and lively in character. The mouthfeel is supported by lively acidity and fine-grained tannin extraction with a light firm grip; along with subtle nutty oak detail added interest. This a fruity Pinot Noir with flavours of red cherries and boysenberries with a lightly firm tannin grip and nutty oak element. Match with stir-fried beef or lamb with soy over the next 2-3 years. Fermented in open-top fermenters to 13% alc. Aged in French oak for 10 months. 17+/20 pts Aug 2020 RRP $25