Originally founded by Yorkshireman David Holmes (the Sauvignon is named after him) and now the fulfilment of a dream for Lars and Samantha Jensen who bought the estate in 2008. This environmentally diverse estate is in Nelson region at the top end of North Island where the maritime breezes aid organic wine-making. With their Pinot Noir they make both red and (faintly pink!) white.
Vineyard size 8 hectares. Organic since 1991.
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Sauvignon Blanc, Richmond Plains
The grape Sauvignon Blanc is ideally suited to the Nelson region. this is due to a combination of warm, sunny days and cool autumn nights, helping to create the intense varietal flavours for which this flagship New Zealand wine is recognised.
This example from Richmond Plains is typically fresh and vibrant with characteristic gooseberry and herbaceous aromas.
On the palate there’s zesty citrus and passionfruit with a nettly mineral background.
A versatile and very refreshing dry white.
“This mouthfilling, lively wine has strong tropical-fruit and herbaceous flavors, and is fresh, finely balanced and lingering” Michael Cooper, Listener, Feb 2016