2007 John Forrest Collection The White
New Zealand has an enviable international reputation for single varietal white wines but to date, few winemakers have explored white blends. In my winemaking experience, I have found the while is often greater than the sum of the parts and The White is my expression of this belief. To achieve this, I have chosen from my vineyards only those varieties which have won acclaim in that region. From the warm stony Gimblett Gravels in Hawke‰۪s Bay ‰ÛÒ Viognier; from the limestone soils of North Otago ‰ÛÒ Pinot Gris and from Marlborough‰۪s patchwork of riverbed soils ‰ÛÒ Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Gewurztraminer. The final blend will vary from year to year, and indeed may exclude some varietals, depending on my judgement as to the contribution each part makes to the whole.
Made from John‰۪s best sites for white grapes throughout New Zealand, this unique wine is defined by its great balance of aromatic intensity, fruit concentration and finesse. A pronounced nose with lemon thyme, grapefruit, red apples and nutmeg; it‰۪s complex, weighty wine with a gorgeous silky texture, and rich, creamy mouthfeel. Flavours on the plate leave the impression of lemon verbena, citrus and apricot combined with an underlying minerality. Dry, yet richly flavoured, this multi-faceted wine evolves in the glass and will also reward cellaring.
Bob Campbell (Kia Ora Magazine) - 93 Points, Bobcampbell.nz
"This is a truly brilliant blend of viognier from Hawke's Bay, pinot gris from North Otago, pinot gris and riesling from Central Otago plus sauvignon blanc, riesling, chardonnay, chenin blanc and gewurztraminer from Marlborough. That's about as complex as a blended white wine can be - but the wine tastes great.åÊ
It has an exquisite purity, delicately fruity flavours and is now benefiting from an emerging toasty character thanks to a bit of bottle age. It doesn't taste like any particular grape variety; instead, it's emerging as a refreshingly unique wine style all of its own. Calling this wine "The White" is a bit like christening Leonardo da Vinci "Bill Smith". The wine's simple brand name doesn't do justice to its aristocratic nature. "
MatthewåÊJukes - Top 60 Wines of 2009
Michael Cooper - 4 Stars
With his uniquely diverse blend, winemaker John Forrest is after a 'full-bodied, dry style with fruit intensity and acid definition, but no excess of wood, malolactic fermentation or sugar'. It is billed as an 'uninhibited' marriage of up to seven grape varieties (Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay and GewÌ_rztraminer) drawn from Marlborough, Hawke's Bay, Central Otago and the Waitaki Valley. Building up well with bottle-age, the 2007 åÊwas made with 'more Chenin Blanc than usual'. It's a fleshy, full-bodied wine with an array of fruit characters, very good flavour depth and a fresh, smooth finish (7 grams/litre of residual sugar).
Cameron Douglas, MS - 4 Stars
Nose and Palate: Citrus, white flowers, apples, apple tart, pears, stone fruits, wet stone, light herbs and a hint of oak; Definitely a blend of white varieties. The palate emphasises the ripe sweet notes of Sauvignon Blanc then the apple of Chenin and stone fruit with citrus from some Chardonnay - medium+ length, balanced and well made. John's best [The] White so far.
Residual Sugar 6.5g/l