Staete Landt Marlborough
Staete Landt was the first European name given to New Zealand by passing explorer Abel Tasman (in 1642). 354 years later two more Dutch travellers chose it for their 21 ha of Marlborough vineyard. An emphasis on vineyard health and the highest quality fruit is already apparent in the wines, all of which show an intensity and breadth, which set them apart from standard Marlborough examples. The whites are well structured and concentrated. A small portion of the Sauvignon is barrelfermented and aged but this is not in the least intrusive, while a complex Chardonnay shows a hint of minerality. Alsace-like Pinot Gris is ripe and pure and not heavy. The cool-fruited Pinot Noir has herbal and wild red fruits as well as a touch of forest floor but should develop a fine silky texture with a little age. Viognier, Syrah and Riesling in dry and Auslese styles are also released.
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