Y2KX The Mystical Being 2017, a skin-contact Sauvignon from Marlborough

Skin fermenting Sauvignon (top), with the striking Y2KX labels (bottom). This particular wine is the unicorn on the left.

It was good to try this: a really characterful, interesting Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. It’s from Y2KX Collective, a virtual winery, who are specialising on making interesting wines. Alana Mcgettigan is the winemaker here, and the director and majority shareholder is Roger Kerrison, who’s worked widely in the drinks industry (previous stints include Renaissance Brewing, The Darling Wines and Grove Mill). This is their skin-contact Sauvignon, and it’s really good. The labels are designed by Phil Constantinesco, a French artist, and they are lovely.

Y2KX Collective The Mystical Being 2017 Marlborough, New Zealand
This is Sauvignon Blanc, with 60 days skin contact, then aged in used barrels for 9 months. Two picking bins were used for fermentation, one half whole bunch and half destemmed, the other all destemmed. This is the first vintage. This is really balanced, delicate and restrained for a skin contact wine with lovely grapefruit, citrus and pear fruit with some really attractive tropical fruit aromas, as well as a good lick of fennel. Good acidity and a little bit of structure in the mouth with great purity of fruit and lovely skin-ferment complexity. Shows great precision. 93/100 (Available in NZ from Cult Wines, $37.50)


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