2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
A turn against traditional Sauvignon Blanc. Displays luscious stone fruit aromas & ripe gooseberry. 5% barrel ferment, 25% wild yeast. Thorough lees stirring has crafted a complex, rich palate balanced with nuances of passionfruit. The fine natural acidity gives this wine elegance and class, indicative of sharp vine management in our Waihopai Valley vineyard. This wine has been carefully cellared for 18 months to allow full maturity.
Cameron Douglas MSWho said Sauvignon Blanc can't age? The bouquet suggests otherwise with aromas of fruit and spice, barrel moments and just enough bottle development adding complexity and depth. Flavours on the palate suggest grapefruit and gooseberry, lemongrass and apple, white peach, pear, spices and flowers. Lovely vibrant acid line, balanced alcohol and lengthy persistant finish. Drink now and through to 2023. 92 Points.
Bob Campbell MWThe first commercial release of this wine. 5% barrel-fermented with lengthy maturation in oak. Rich, textural sauvignon with toast, nutty lees and ginger flavours occupying centre stage with guava, grapefruit and passion in the background”. 91/100 The Real Review.