I tried this with its creator, Ben Glover (previously of Accolade, now focusing on family business Zephyr and other projects), in Scotch Bar in Blenheim a few weeks ago. I’d just been speaking at a biodynamic and organic conference and I’d urged New Zealand producers to take a few more risks and make the odd ‘out there’ wine. This fits into that category, and I really enjoyed it. Ben foot trod the grapes with his kids. He found a buyer pretty quick and ended up selling all (just a couple of barrels) in one go to his Dutch importer, who loved it. More please!
Mr Glover Wilde Vineyards Agent Field Blend 2016 Marlborough, New Zealand
From Ben’s parents’ property. Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon, with the first two whole bunch and the Sauvignon destemmed on top of this. Then it goes to stainless steel barrels. 30 days on skins. So perfumed and expressive with pear and peach fruit. Textural and broad with a lovely perfumed character and delicious sweet grapey fruit. Lovely stuff. 92/100