4 Stars/18 - Raymond Chan
"Brilliant straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues and some depth, lighter edged. The nose is elegantly concentrated with deep aromas of tangerines and mandarins, along with yellow stonefruits, exotic florals, nuances of herbs and some lifted confectionary notes. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate features fresh and vibrant flavours of exotic citrus fruits and florals, entwined with stonefruit and confectionary detail. The mouthfeel is crisp and enlivened by brisk acidity, and the wine carries along a fine phenolic threaded line with good energy and tension, leading to a long lingering finish of citrus fruits, esters and confectionary. This is a fresh, brisk, intensely fruited Petit Manseng with exotic citrus fruit and floral flavours and confectionary elements. Match with seafood and creamy-sauced white meat dishes over the next 4 years. Fruit from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, vines 6 y.o., indigenous yeast fermented in tank and finished in barrel to 14.5% alc. and 3.0 g/L RS, TA 8.0 g/L and pH 3.25, the wine aged 5 months on lees in seasoned oak, with no MLF. (375 ml) 500 bottles made. 18.0/20 Feb 2017 RRP $21.00"
Petit Manseng, this weird sounding grape variety. Isnt too familiar in New zealand. This variety is mainly known in south west France, in the region of Jurancon.
A must try for foodies and wine fans, Petit Manseng is a funky, sweet, tart, weighty, fresh, most intriguing variety with long life capabilities.
Skin fermented Petit Manseng is a centuries old technique where the skins are left in contact with the juice creating a light orange colour. At Spade Oak this wine was fermented in two sealed barriques for 288 days. Coming in at 15.5% alcohol this is a litle bottle that packs a punch. It features aromas of oranges & mandarins, roasted nuts and caramel. The palate is dry to taste and full bodied, ripe citrus fruit with a fresh lacey acidity.
Try with cheese for a taste sensation!