FIVE STARS 91/100 | Michael Cooper
3Sixty2 is a boutique winemaking operation that focuses on producing small parcels of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. A key part of their ethos is environmental stewardship; they've made a big commitment to offsetting their carbon emissions through working with other sustainable businesses and becoming part of the One Tree Planted initiative.
This is Sauvignon Blanc with a difference. The wine was fermented in large oak cuves and kept in contact with its lees during maturation which bring a creamy complexity to its classic Marlborough qualities. Fresh, fragrant and elegant - we're excited to see where this young winemaker is headed.
Michael Cooper writes "Currently delicious, the distinctive, finely textured 2019 vintage (5*) was fermented and matured for 18 months in a large (2,500 litres) oak cuve. Bright, light lemon/green, it has a fragrant, inviting bouquet. Tightly structured, it is still fresh and vigorous, in a medium-bodied style with savoury, ripely herbal flavours, showing excellent delicacy, complexity and length."
Yvonne Lorkin writes "Named after the precious assortment of 362 vines in Sir James Busby’s collection from which he planted New Zealand’s first vineyard back in 1836 at Waitangi, 3Sixty2 is the brainchild of talented young winemaker, Alice Rule. Harvested in the cool of the night, this sauvignon blanc carries her unique style from that first whiff of lemongrass and bouquet-garni herbs through to its palate of white peach, soft citrus and creamy complexity from subtle barrel fermentation alongside a little lees stirring. It also rules (geddit?) with rocket and ricotta fritters."
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