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Fernhook Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

07 April,2017
The ‘Fernhook’ brand of Sauvignon Blanc was developed by Russell Hooper and Sarah Inkersell who are best-known for their super-premium ‘Fairbourne Estate’ Sauvignon Blanc. Fernhook has a similar ethos in that it represents the style that emanates from the elevated vineyards in the Fairhall district of the Wairau Valley in Marlborough. The wine is marketed in the United States. Here, I review the new release 2016 Fernhook Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. www.fernhook.com

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Fernhook Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

17+/20
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is fresh, bright and upfront with aromas of ripe gooseberry fruit along with notes of tropical fruits and herbs, along with suggestions of nutty nuances and chalky minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has juicy and luscious flavours of gooseberries and tropical fruits along with fresh herb notes. The mouthfeel is bright and lively with refreshing and thirst-quenching acidity, and the wine flows along a light, drying textural line leading to a dry finish of herbs and minerals. This is an up-front, juicy and luscious gooseberry-fruited Sauvignon Blanc with lively mouthfeel and a thirst-quenching, dry finish. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 2.0 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $16.95
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