Staete Landt newbies
Staete Landt (tastings) has a single large vineyard on the northern side of the Wairau Valley but a variety of soils within that vineyard, from silty, loam and clay to stony and gravelly, encouraged them to divide the vineyard into 24 different “blocks” each “offering its own unique signature”.
The winery produces three sauvignon blanc labels; the entry level Map Maker, a more concentrated Staete Landt Annabel Sauvignon Blanc and an oak-fermented and matured Staete Landt Duchess Sauvignon Blanc.
The 2016 Staete Landt Annabel Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, NZD $22) is an intense, ripe and appealing sauvignon in a strongly fruit-driven style. It’s an impressive example from gravelly soils that often deliver appealing aromatics but less often the richness and textural qualities that this wine displays.
The 2016 Staete Landt Duchess Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, NZD $25) is a premium, barrel-fermented wine made from hand-picked grapes and fermented using indigenous yeasts that give the wine a struck match, funky complexity. It’s an impressive package with more weight and richness than its fruit-driven sister label.
The 2012 Staete Landt Arie Syrah (Marlborough, NZD $49) is an ambitious wine that with just a little more power and concentration could have, in my eyes at least, been a great success. It’s a supple rather than powerhouse syrah with floral and spice notes.