Pale straw with lime-green hues. Fragrant and enticing aromas of gooseberry, stone-fruit and poached pear with herbal nuances of tarragon, flowering lemon thyme and blackcurrant leaf. The intensely fruited palate presents citrus, white currant, gooseberry and passionfruit flavours, while powerful lime zest acidity and river pebble minerality provide texture, balance and length, for a fine, clean finish.
Juicy, medium in weight, round and creamy. Nutty, faintly floral and grassy, with a pleasing but restrained core of gooseberry flavour…and finishing with gentle acids.
After a typical wet and cold winter, spring brought particularly mild and unstable weather to Lenswood with fogs, rain and numerous hail events, fortunately with no resulting damage. These cold hail blasts delayed flowering, and due to an early Harvest Moon, the growing season became quite compressed, requiring more work in the vineyard with shoot thinning and foliage lifting. A long, dry mild spell from Christmas to Easter provided ideal ripening conditions; allowing tannins to mature, acids to moderate and depth of flavour to develop. Fruit quality across the board was outstanding, the whites in particular for their purity and balance, which really defined the season after some challenging early conditions. 2018 was a fantastic year for Lenswood, with high natural acidities and excellent varietal character.
“…a lean, crisp, fresh herb palate which has delicate fruit and restrained varietal character. There is finesse, here, although it’s straightforward, but it has tension and length.”
“Juicy, medium in weight, round and creamy. Nutty, faintly floral and grassy, with a pleasing but restrained core of gooseberry flavour…and finishing with gentle acids.”