Cuvee Aux Antipodes Blanc Bottle with Label Close up

Cuvée Aux Antipodes Blanc 2018

François Millet notes – “This wine is the reflect of the Clutha river flowing just below, mineral, transparent and luminous. There is nothing exotic, “artificial” or “made up” about the expression of this wine. That shows again the link between what is emanating from the land, the feeling you have from it and the expression of the wines.”


The grapes were sourced from the small one hectare Chardonnay block on our Kopuwai Delta vineyard, located in the Pisa sub-region of Central Otago. This site has a mix of glacial and alluvial soil. Meticulous viticulture and the site’s low-elevation help to ensure full ripeness and concentration. Cellaring will reward collectors over the next 10+ years from vintage.

Only 141 cases were made.


Totally captivating bouquet, exotic spices, elegance and finesse. Both the nose and palate offer a pure fruit attack with white peach and pear then apple and white flowers, very fragrant. A soft salty mineral layer adds texture, depth and complexity – and reflects the wild ferment technique. Satin through silk and fine creamy texture, fine tannins, long finish. Drink now and through 2024. If Chardonnay were shoes – this would be in the Louboutin section!

Cameron Douglas, 98 Points

The Antipodes Chardonnay bursts forth with what I see as the region’s characteristic acid signature – like a high wattage light bulb with a diffusing lens, incredibly bright with softened edges. While the wine is still incredibly young, its fineness is apparent with a lovely sense of transparency and restraint, flavours of both citrus and white stone fruits, with just a hint of biscuit and very lightly framed with spice. There is a pleasing texture and mouthfeel, plenty of mid-palate density without even a hint of heaviness, and a lot of length. This wine of nuance will surely develop further with time in bottle. Allow aeration and time to taste.

Elaine Chukan Brown, JancisRobinson.com

Details

Type:
White
Varietal:
Chardonnay
Region:
Central Otago
Appellation:
Cromwell/Lowburn/Pisa
Vintage:
2018

Mid-yellow colour with a buttery, lemon curd and cashew nut bouquet, wheaty oak and a subtle trace of honey starting to emerge. The palate is taut and refined, restrained and delicately-weighted but starting to show some compleidty from evolution. It fills out toward the finish and lasts long on the farewell. Lemon curd flavours run deep. An excellent, savoury style of chardonnay. Dare I say Burgundian? (The debut vintage of this ,vine. From a vineyard in Pisa, cropped at a tiny 14 hectolitres per hectare. Only one of the six barrels was new.)

Huon Hooke, 95 Points