- Sauvignon Blanc
- ABV 13
- Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass
96+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “The nose straddles both the old and new world although, and if I were to be pushed, I would side with the new world as the fruit aromatics lean towards blackcurrant, gooseberry, tinned lychee, lime, passionfruit and a little spice and freshness from lemongrass and anise – clean, green herbs too. Brightness, purity and minerality (lots of) provide focus and a firm nod to a sophisticated style of Sauvignon Blanc. Texturally, this is on-point powerful with a controlled degree of richness (courtesy of a little bottle age and from the French barrels being left on full lees for seven-months), but this lusciousness is built on a triumphant frame of acidity. There’s an obvious spicy, citrusy, salty (fresh fennel seed) tang which is long and deeply satisfying, very adult and a masterstroke. In fact, the entire experience is a textural trip of bold flavours counterbalanced by nuance and complexity. The length is never-ending – quite extraordinary. I would urge you to put aside your Sauvignon Blanc prejudices and give this beauty a try. So, very good. I award 96+ points as I am left content and nodding like a dog. Drink now to 2025. Served using Zalto Universal glassware.”
Ghost Rock Fume Blanc 2018
For over 20 years, the Arnold family have almost single-handedly created the Cradle Coast wine region. Every vineyard hand-built, hand planted to the exact specifications - no compromise, no concession. The Estate now spans 27 hectares of high density, hand-tended vineyards, mostly comprised of Pinot Noir, with significant plantings of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Under the stewardship of second-generation Winemaker Justin Arnold, and his wife Alicia Peardon, Ghost Rock’s wines are driven by depth, sophistication and intensity. Strictly estate grown. Strictly estate bottled. Minimal intervention focused.
It’s nearly twenty years since your parents planted their first vines at Ghost Rock. How did they come to own the vineyard and winery? Did they have a winemaking background before buying the vineyard or did it begin more as a hobby? Are they still involved at all?
Justin: You can thank Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for Ghost Rock. When it first arrived on the scene both Mum and Dad (Cate and Colin Arnold) were encapsulated by it: the profile, the regionality, the impact. This point in time happened to coincide with Dad longing for a bit of land to reconnect him with his farming upbringing. And sure enough, a tiny vineyard (0.3H) planted to ‘you know what’ came up for sale in the area, and the rest as they say…
Mum and Dad were self-taught really, with some good guidance from some good people along the way. Dad’s passion was for the farming aspect of what we do – th... e land, the vines and the challenge each season brings. And he loved tractors. He was also driven to prove our part of the world could also produce world class wine. That was deep within him.
The same can be said of Alicia and I - it comes with the territory of owning/running Ghost Rock. From that initial 0.3H we have now grown into 27H. Every vine we have planted ourselves, every post we have driven in ourselves, every wire we have run ourselves. There’s nothing within our seven vineyards that isn’t intentional or done exactly as we wanted. It’s been a slow, somewhat painful approach, but it’s been an approach that is now paying us great dividends. We’ve never brought outside fruit into our wines.
And it’s fair to say we’ve moved on from that initial fascination with Sauvignon Blanc. We do still have it planted within the estate, but only as a minority variety behind our Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
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