2020 Halcyon Days 'Kōtare'


From Olly & Amy:

"Halcyon Days wines are biogro organic certified, handpicked, naturally fermented, unfined, unfiltered, with no additions. We use time honoured methods to create striking wines that are a dynamic expression of Halcyon’s place, Heretaunga, Hawke’s Bay.

2020 was a warm dry season, again an excellent vintage in Hawke’s Bay. We picked beautiful clean fruit at optimum balance and maturity. The season also meant an excellent Syrah vintage so we wanted to explore what we could do with this grape.


10.5% Alc

Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (20% skins, 80% whole bunch fermented) + whole bunch Gewurztraminer +whole bunch pressed Pinot Noir.

Sauvignon Blanc, a grape with great acidity, line and vibrant fruit. We loved the texture and structure the whole bunch element gave the wine in 19 so have upped the whole bunch for 2020. Fermented on skins and stems with a bit of Gewurztraminer, subjected to regular light hand-plunging, pressed, then aged on lees for six months. The warmer year has produced more generosity of fruit in the palate compared to more austere 19.

On the eye: Bright lemon yellow, touch cloudy

On the nose: Dried orange peel, sage, dandelion and coriander seed

On the palate: Linear acid, fruit savoury saline notes and a pithy texture."