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Brancott Estate ‘Reflection’ 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and Gris, and 2015 Pinot Noir


Brancott Estate has released a pair of limited edition wines under the ‘Reflection’ nomenclature to mark the collaboration between Brancott Estate and the New York-based design-focussed Dror Studio, founded by Dror Benshetrit. Inspired by the winemaking philosophy of Brancott Estate and a meeting with chief winemaker Patrick Materman in Marlborough in 2014 Dror created an installation design titled Under/Standing which is sited at Brancott Vineyard and will be revealed on 19 October. It is an intricate geometric and volumetric sculpture, 8 m tall and composed of 52 interlocking components which form a piece that offers multiple perspectives based on vantage point. Patrick Materman was likewise inspired by Drors designs to create this range which combines multiple components coming together to form a "perfectly balanced and harmonious wine”. The wines are a 2016 Sauvignon Blanc/Sauvignon Gris and a 2015 Pinot Noir with the bottle presentations and packaging designed by Dror to reflect the Under/Standing installation. These limited edition wines are available from the Brancott Estate Heritage Centre, through the Brancott Estate Wine Club ( and in New Zealand travel retail. The wines are available in 750 ml and 1.5 L magnum sizes.
Brancott Estate ‘Reflection’ Limited Edition Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc/Sauvignon Gris 2016
Full, bright straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues. The nose is very fresh and tightly bound with taut aromas of pure green stonefruits and delicate gooseberry notes, unfolding subtle herb and grassy elements, along with wet-stone minerals. The nose intensifies and shows a concentrated core with aeration. Dry to taste nd medium-full bodied, the palate is tightly bound with flavours of green stonefruits and gooseberries, cut grass and herbs along with complexing mineral notes. The fruit has depth and intensity and underlined by very fine fruit extract textures lending dryness, and brisk, racy acidity enlivening the mouthfeel. The palate has positive linearity and carries to a long and sustained finish of green stonefruits, grass and minerals. This is a very refined, taut and tightly bound Sauvignon Blanc/Sauvignon Gris blend with intense green stonefruit flavours on a very fine-textured, minerally palate. It will develop over the next 5+ years. Serve with shellfish, salads and vegetables and Mediterranean fare. A blend of 52% Sauvignon Blanc and 48% Sauvignon Gris from the ‘Brancott’ vineyard, vines 10-20 y.o., predominantly hand-picked, WBP, and indigenous yeast fermented in various formats of oak to 14.7% alc. and 4.2 g/L RS, the wine aged in 37% cuves, 37% in foudre and the remainder in 500 L puncheons. 18.5+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $60.00

Brancott Estate ‘Reflection’ ‘Limited Edition’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is powerfully concentrated and deeply concentrated with vibrant aromas of dark-red and black berried fruits with subtle notes of raspberry liqueur and dark-red florals entwined with a complex amalgam of dark herbs, black minerals, a suggestion of reduction, and nutty and spicy oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and vibrant flavours of dark-red and black berried fruits with raspberry notes, melded with a complex layering of dark herbs, minerals and nutty oak. The fruit has vitality and energy, and is underlined by considerable fine-grained, flowery tannin extraction with integrated acidity. The palate has impressive concentration, intensity and finesse with excellent linearity, leading to a very long, lingering finish of dark-red and black fruits, minerals and oak. This is a rich, vibrant, concentrated Pinot Noir with great finesse, depth and considerable extract, and layers of interest. Match with pork, lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 7-9 years. Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Brancott’ vineyard, from 15 y.o. vines, hand-picked, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.4% alc., the wine spending 23 days on skins and aged 18 months in 36% new French oak barriques. RRP $80.00

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