Just 648 bottles made of this cuvee, a wine that Mike names as his opportunity to express his many experiences with New Zealand and France, particularly working in Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. Aged for just under a year in one new cigar barrel to maximise lees contact with regular stirring, and one 600l demi-muid, this is a striking wine that lives up to its name with its superb length and intensity of flavours, earl grey tea, kiwi fruit, tangy chopped yellow peppers and green pepper crunch.
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
“There is superb balance between fruit, oak and minerality here and this is a more intense wine than the Thistle Hill, and it live up to its name by virtue of its prodigious length and memorable flavours. Still youthful and looking amazingly fit in the glass, this will mature nicely, too.18.5/20 ”Matthew Jukes