18.5 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 this delivers an elegent Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc. Medium bodied and lovely mid-palate texture, it offers tropical fruit flavours and well-balanced acidity. Delicious.
The winery writes "The acid backbone of the Te Muna Valley is layered upon, complementing the mid palate richness from the time on fluffy lees. This Sauvignon Blanc has a powerful length, making it perfect for oysters on the deck, overlooking the ocean."
Candice Chow for Raymond Chan Wine Reviews writes "This elegant Sauvignon Blanc is refined with restrained fruit aromas, enriched by subtle herbs and spice details on a textural palate. Match with pan-fried sole and prawn salad over the next 3 years."