Vibrant grassy nose. Very firm and thirst quenching indeed. Bone dry yet juicy. Cries out for food. Neither the cattiness of Sauvignon nor the fatness of Semillon is in evidence – truly its own man, or woman rather. Real substance in the mouth.
Like the Cullen vineyard, made without any acid addition, the multiple components seamlessly woven together; slightly fuller in the mouth, perhaps reflecting the slightly higher alcohol and the greater percentage of semillon; once again, this is an exercise in harmony that no man should put asunder.
Plum notes with a hint of oak, yet nothing excessive. Classy wine. Tighter and more tactile than the 2010. Only 12% alcohol. Screw cap. 62% Sauvignon Blanc and 38% Semillon.
Restrained, fresh and promising... The fleshy, savoury, dry palate has delicate flavour, good structure and length.
The nose offers delicate notes of under-ripe pineapple and nashi pear with faint whiffs of cedar and cream. Light-bodied and with a lovely satiny texture, it has a lively acid line and a long pleasantly yeasty finish.
The record-breaking, early ripening 2011 vintage has given birth to an understated Cullen... A textural grapefruit pith mouthfeel, outstanding presence and a ribbon of long-lingering acidity give form to granny smith apple skin, lime and preserved lemon fruit, with an undercurrent of earth and a hint of ferment funk.