Churton 2007 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)
Starts off with slightly confected yet delicious aromas of cherries, almond paste and vanilla, but turns slightly more savory on the palate, where it picks up some herbal shadings. This is relatively light in body, with a crisp structure that suggests it may last longer than most Marlborough Pinots; drink now–2017.
Churton 2005 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)
An odd duck, but not an unenjoyable one, this is a slightly viscous Sauvignon with a deep straw color and some unusual flavors of canned corn and honey. It’s more about texture and weight than forward fruit, with some herbal, capsicum notes on the finish.
Churton 2004 Pinot Noir (Marlborough)
Shows the weakness of the vintage in its prematurely browning rim and tired, slightly stewed fruit aromas. It’s light in body, with dried cherry, cinnamon and clove flavors that finish crisp and lemony.