95 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
95 POINTS | NZ Wine Rater
94 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.
This Te Muna Sauvignon is an elegant glass of wine and it deserves every one of the 95 points that Cameron Douglas gave it. French oak fermentation and extended time on lees has given this gorgeous texture while that classic Te Muna acid shines through. An excellent option if you're looking to kick your sauv game up a notch.
The winery writes "Blackcurrant leaf, pineapple, and mandarin pith combine with the vanilla bean of the French oak on the nose. The palate showcases the Te Muna racy acid line, with a richness from the wine’s time on full lees."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Complex, distinctive, varietal, fresh, youthful, herbaceous and powerful bouquet. Aromas and flavours of grapefruit, fresh basil and sage, apple and white fleshed tropical fruits. Youthful, tense, crisp, salivating, refreshing an dry. Persistent with a core of fruit and fresh herbs, a stony mineral layer and tangerine, grapefruit finish. Well made, in fact delicious, best drinking from purchase through 2024."
NZ Wine Rater writes "An alluring, broad, riper-style bouquet with buttercups, lemon spray, yellow plum, rockmelon and notes of creme caramel, toast and butter. Ripe, delicious, textural, well-poised wine with racy acidity. A wine with depth, charm, charisma and judicious oak handling. What's not to like?"