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|Our Price: $59.99 / bottle (RRP: $60.00 )||Case: 6 x 750ml|
'It's going to rattle some cages... Fascinating and delicious, is the take home. Highly varietal yet so much more.'
93 Points - Mike Bennie
The Mammoth wines are sourced from two of the very best single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc sites in Upper Moutere, but the winemaking is what really sets these two tiny-production wines apart. Michael Glover is an experimentalist, unafraid of rattling cages and challenging traditional ideas about wine and how it should be produced – from using acacia rather than oak, to the bespoke cigar-shaped puncheons in which these wines are matured, to use of carbonic maceration to concentrate the fruit, there is nothing staid or dull about these wines, and they can’t be mistaken for anybody else’s handiwork.
'The fruit is picked by hand and... whole bunches go into our 8 tonne concrete fermenters. I do absolutely nothing for approximately 2 weeks which allows for the enzymatic carbonic activity inside the grape...hence the name 'carbo-blanc' (as used by me). After two weeks I dig out the whole bunches and press. Primary ferment finishes in Chassin coopered puncheons, Billon acacia hogsheads and my bespoke 'Che Glovera' Bordeaux coopered cigars that are 200 litres and very long to increase the lees to wine ratio. The wine stays in these vessels for a year without being touched before the lees is stirred back into suspension and the wine is moved to tank for a further 6 months lees ageing. No fining, no yeast, no enzyme.'
Michael Glover, Winemaker
Leads with pepper, cumin, green herbs, preserved citrus. Smoky and flinty elements wrapped through just juicy then firm chalky texture. It's incredibly lengthy in flavour, coiled and relentless in its layers.
'A multi-layered wine that has waxy, dried meadow flowers on the nose with great fragrance. A little flint and spice come into play before this heads into stone-fruit territory and delivers plenty of citrus flavors and a complete, layered and smoothly rendered palate. Lots of glycerol and lots of flavor. A great wine. Drink now to 2020.'
95 Points - James Suckling
'It’s going to rattle some cages. Great volume of wild, fascinating scent. Leads with pepper, cumin, green herbs, preserved citrus. Smoky and flinty elements wrapped through just juicy then firm chalky texture. It’s incredibly lengthy in flavour, coiled and relentless in its layers. Fascinating and delicious, is the take home. Highly varietal yet so much more. This would be a gourmand’s best friend – the reach would be epic with so many dishes. Exciting.'
93 Points - Mike Bennie
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