te Pa Oke joins the ranks of NZ icons in Decanter
te Pa Family Vineyards of Marlborough, New Zealand, has seen its 2017 te Pa Sauvignon Blanc Oke, named as one of Decanter’s top oaked Sauvignon Blanc wines, scored and reviewed on par with two of the most iconic New Zealand oaked Sauvignon Blanc wines, Cloudy Bay’s Te Koko, and Greywacke’s Wild Sauvignon.
The 2017 vintage te Pa Sauvignon Blanc Oke was given 95 points in a recent Decanter tasting of New Zealand oaked Sauvignon Blanc wines, which is classed as ‘Outstanding’ in the wine review publication’s categories. The same score was given to the Cloudy Bay Te Koko and Greywacke.
The introductory comments of the Decanter tasting placed te Pa’s Oke in the same quality level as Te Koko and Wild: “There were some sublime examples: Cloudy Bay’s Te Koko, Greywacke’s Wild Sauvignon and the least famous of the Outstanding triumvirate, te Pā’s Oke, which all offered wildly different stylistic interpretations of the relationship between Sauvignon Blanc and oak. But qualitatively, there were few disagreements: harmony, texture and complexity were the name of the game.”
Tasting notes from the Decanter panel:
Rebecca Gibb MW: “Hugely aromatic - reminiscent of ice cream cornets, nougat and vanilla. The beautifully textured and rounded palate offers plenty of concentration.”
Roger Jones: “Flinty on the nose, before flowing beautifully on the palate, with some stone fruit and dried fruit in the background. Stunning.”
Phil Tuck MW: “Creamy and rich on the nose, while the palate boasts a satisfying depth of gently grassy fruit and very decent freshness. Long, attractive and well-honed.”