Hawksdrift 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Barrel Whites and Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

09-Nov-2018

Hawksdrift is the wine brand of Marlborough contract grapegrowers Murray and Robyn Butt who have 9 ha of vines on Morgans Road, Dillons Point, pioneering the district in 1998. The vineyard is planted to approx. 4 ha of Sauvignon Blanc, over 2.5 ha of Pinot Noir and 2 ha of Chardonnay. Their fruit goes to high profile quality producers, and this inspired them to launch their own label with the 2011 vintage to make small quantities of distinctive and complex Marlborough wine, with Dave Tyney as their winemaker. David makes wine for a number of Marlborough labels, and also in the growing industry in China. (www.davidtyney.com) The sophisticated and serious Hawksdrift barrel-worked Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines were recently joined by a fruit-driven Sauvignon Blanc to give the portfolio more accessibility. Here, I review the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, and 2016 Barrel-Fermented Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and 2016 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir. These 2016s appear very "comfortable” to me. The majority of the production is exported. www.hawksdriftwines.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Hawksdrift Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
  • Hawksdrift ‘Barrel Fermented’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Hawksdrift ‘Barrel Fermented’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
  • Hawksdrift ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

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