Stanley Estates, Lagrein, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2014
(at County Hall, London, 15 Jan 2018)
Drinking Window: 2018 - 2021
After time in the UK and South Africa, Bridget Ennals and Steve Pellett settled in New Zealand in 2003, planting 11ha in Awatere and making their first wine in 2009. Following on from the success of their Albariño (theirs were the first vines in New Zealand) came this equally adventurous Lagrein - the first vintage of a limited production from 2,236 vines. It's bright and easy drinking, full of supple red cherry fruit with a hint of spice and some earthy notes, and juicy acidity to balance.