144 Islands Bay of Islands Marsanne (2020)

Well worth discovering, the 2020 vintage (5*) is rare – only 300 bottles were produced. Estate-grown in the Home Block at Kerikeri, it was blended with a splash of Petit Manseng (5 per cent), and fermented and matured for 10 months in a single oak barrique. Bright, light yellow/green, it is full-bodied and fleshy, with concentrated, ripe, stonefruit and nut flavours, balanced acidity, and a rich, rounded finish. A vigorous, still youthful wine, it should break into full stride 2023+. (The 2021 vintage will include Roussanne).

Details

Type: White Wines
Variety: Marsanne
Vintage: 2020
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $40 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: –V

Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2022

The overall rating for quality is Tentative, as Michael has only reviewed a small number of vintages of this particular wine.

When to drink: 2023

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