The Supernatural

Enzed Savvy, but not as you know it. Smoky & spicy notes with richness & texture from skin & lees contact. Full malolactic fermentation. "Refreshingly and surprisingly salty on the finish where the phenolics, high acidity and minerality converge into a crystalline and delicately etched finish" — Stephen Wong, MW

$140

100% Sauvignon Blanc
Hawke’s Bay
Skin and Lees contact for Texture
Certified Organic with BioGro
800 cases

Review — Stephen Wong

The Supernatural 2022 is a direct continuation, still from the same vineyard and made in essentially the same way but without bentonite. This is a more transparent expression and a smaller production, of course. six hours on skins, wild-fermentation with no sulphur except a minimal 20ppm dose at bottling to help it travel. The wine is at once softer in fruit expression (lees-stirred every new moon for eight months while ageing in tank) but also very reflective of the vintage with its crunchy, greenfruit notes rather than more typical tropical profile. Whilst less powerful and with less cellaring potential than usual for this wine, it is refreshingly and surprisingly salty on the finish where the phenolics, high acidity and minerality converge into a crystalline and delicately etched finish. Chromatically (if your palate works that way), the fruit profile this year is more white-green than its usual yellow-gold. I would recommend this for drinking over the coming two years or so and expect the salinity to keep it interesting and balanced across that time.

Score: 16.5 — A very good bottle showing traits of fine wine