From the first wisps of scent, you can tell that you are not dealing with one of the myriad of NZ Sauvignon Blancs flooding the market. Those wisps are honey and melon which prepare you for the gooseberry tartness and clean finish. The Fume Blanc appellation is an homage to the Californian means of showing intent to achieve a Loire Valley-style Sauvignon Blanc.
Aged 18 months in French Oak, the Fume Blanc Evolution shows another side to this recently bounteous variety. Recommend drinking now while it is young and fresh but won't be surprised to see it cellar for 2-3 years.