18 POINTS | Candice Chow for Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Butterworth Estate (formerly Julicher) is now owned by renowned sailor Brad Butterworth and his love of the sport has made its way through to their wines. The logo is a J-Knot - the strongest knot you can tie - and it's also a nod to Julicher and the history of the winery. We're not the only ones who are big fans of this range, the Butterworth wines were the toast of Auckland during the Americas Cup earlier this year and the new releases have been receiving rave reviews.
Layline is their entry level range and it delivers a classy glass of Martinborough Pinot Gris. This was our pick of the Layline range; layers of honeysuckle and pear are perfectly balanced by gentle spice and a touch of acidity.
The winery writes "Hand harvested and fermented in tank to preserve fruit purity. Pure aromas of honeysuckle, pear drop, and white flowers. On the palate, acid purity, with mid palate richness and length. A ubiquitous wine."