The nose is softly aromatic and evenly presented, with restrained, clean, white and yellow florals harmoniously melded with gooseberry fruit and yellow capsicums, the bouquet growing in depth with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the fruit flavours of ripe stonefruits, gooseberries and herbs are a restrained in expression. The mouthfeel is round and dry, with soft acidity and an underlying textured, phenolic care and line that carries the wine to a light-flavoured, but vinous finish. This is a soft, up-front Sauvignon Blanc with stonefruit and gooseberry flavours carried by a dry, textured line.
‘Falconhead’ is one of the new wine labels launched by John Coney for ‘The Wine Portfolio’, his collection of brands which started when he purchased Morton Estate in 1995. Having sold the ‘Morton Estate’ brand, ‘Falconhead’ has been introduced, the name referring to the New Zealand falcon, one which resides in Hawke’s Bay and has an active role in pest control of the company’s vineyards.