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Sileni Estates ‘Reserve’ 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Oaked Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc Merlot

Sileni Estates was sold to Booster Tahi, the investment business of the Booster KiwiSaver provider last month. Booster Tahi has a number of wine interests, and Sileni adds to this. Sileni Estates continues business in a tighter form, without a number of former key staff, but is progressing as this happens. A new ‘Reserve’ range of wines has been created, and I review the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Oaked Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc/Merlot here.

Sileni Estates ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is softly full with accessible and easy aromas of pungent passionfruit and notes of fresh herbs. This is gently voluminous with moderate depth. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has fresh and zesty flavour of pungent passionfruit and fresh herbs enlivened by brisk acidity forming an elegant core. The fruit flows along a lively line with subtle textures guiding the palate to a clean, light, lingering, mouthwatering finish of passionfruit. This is a crisp and lively, light passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with a mouthwatering palate. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 3.7 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees. 16.5+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $23.99

Sileni Estates ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Oaked Chardonnay 2018
Bright, even, pale golden-hued light-yellow colour, lighter edged. The nose is elegantly proportioned with aromas of white and yellow stonefruits melded with a layer of fresh herbs and subtle nutty oak elements. The aromatics have a steely line of freshness. Medium-bodied, the palate has restrained, but positive flavours of white and yellow stonefruits with citrus fruit elements and some nutty oak, layered with a little lemon-curd and buttery MLF. The flavours build to form a moderately concentrated heart and the mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh acidity. The wine carries to a lingering finish of citrus fruit and nuts. This is a moderately concentrated Chardonnay with stonefruit and citrus fruit flavour with nutty oak and MLF elements showing on a fresh palate. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 2-3 years. Fruit predominantly from the Bridge Pa Triangle with some Mangatahi fruit, fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 3.4 g/L RS, the wine aged 5 months in oak undergoing batonnage and partial MLF. 16.5+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $23.99

Sileni Estates ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc/Merlot 2018
Bright, even, purple-hued, light ruby-red colour. The nose is light and elegantly presented with moderately concentrated aromas of redcurrants with soft notes of fresh herbs, forming a core with red plum fruit. This is accessible and uncomplicated. Medium-bodied, the palate has taut but elegant favours of aromatic redcurrants and fresh herbs, along with red floral lift and hints of red plums. The flavours are up-front and supported by light tannin extraction lending a textured mouthfeel, softened by integrated acidity. The flavours carry along a good line to a lingering, textured finish. This is a taut and elegant, redcurrant, floral and herb flavoured Cabernet Franc blend with light tannin grip. Serve with tapas, pasta, pizza and barbecued fare over the next 2-3 years. A blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot, predominantly from the Bridge Pa Triangle with some Dartmoor Valley fruit, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 4 months in 15% new French oak barriques. 16.5/20 Oct 2018 RRP $23.99
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