With fruit sourced from the Flaxbourne and Breezemere vineyard, this is an extraordinary expression of the grape, and just about as far as you can get away from the typical Marlborough Sauvignon. Utilising some skin contact, barrel ageing and full malolactic fermentation, it's lush, and almost oaked Chardonnay like in some eays. Unctious apple pie, spice, hay, with amazing length. In the words of master of wine Bob Campbell, "it's Sauvignon Blanc Jim, but not as we know it...aromas of barrel spices, some wild tropical fruit suggestion as well peach, sweet grapefruit and quince….. A truly lovely and deliberately different wine..” Bob Campbell MW.
Eaton Wines was established in 2014 after the family's departure from the TerraVin brand which they had established in 1999. Mikes involvement in the New Zealand wine industry goes right back to 1981 when Marlborough was just beginning its surge onto the international wines scene. Along with his wife Jo, Mike established some of New Zealand’s most renowned Pinot Noir vineyards (Clayvin, Clay Hills, Outpost, Calrossie) and the TerraVin wine brand. Consulting to over 1500ha Mike manages the nutrition and disease programs for premium growers throughout Marlborough and Nelson. From among these growers, Mike selects small parcels from exceptional sites and makes wines in small batches to best reflect their unique characteristics. These selected areas are hand-tended by Mike and his two sons Harrison and Blake. The wines are just about as different as you could get from the typical Marlborough offerings. As stated by Matthew Jukes, "Eaton Family Wines are the epitome of the expression 'hand-made' and every single decision is thought through with forensic attention to detail."
FROM THE PRESS
“Wow! Toasty. Greengages. Green figs. Tropical richness but none of the screechy pimped-up fruit of so many Marlborough Sauvignons. But demanding. This is that wine that cups your face in its hands and turns you to itself so that you have to look it in the eyes and see its soul. Toasted seeds. Lime leaf and lime florals. SO different! Hard to put down. 17”Tamlyn Currin, Jancisrobinson.com