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Fernhook Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

23 January,2019

Fernhook is a supporting brand for Russell Hooper and Sarah Inkersell of Fairbourne Estate in Marlborough. As with the Fairbourne Estate wines, Fernhook highlights the elevated vineyards of the Fairhall region, and I have found them to be more fruity and up-front, showing what may be considered more ‘classical’ expressions of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc rather than the taut, minerally style of Fairbourne. Most of the production of Fernhook is exported, with the U.S. as the main market. Here, I review the new release 2018, from a cooler growing season. www.fernhook.com


Fernhook Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, light golden hued straw-yellow colour, paler on the rim. The nose is fresh with softly full aromas of pungent passionfruit, tropical fruits and fresh herbs interwoven with subtle mineral notes. The aromatics have a degree of ethereal gentleness. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is softly fresh with moderately deep flavours of passionfruit, tropical fruit and fresh herbs. The mouthfeel is fresh with very fine phenolic textures, providing good structure, and the acidity is fresh and balanced. The flavours form a soft, fine core with good linearity and the wine carries to a long, soft, lingering finish. This is a softly presented passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with gentle tropical fruit and fresh herb flavours on a palate with fine textures and refreshing acidity, and good linearity. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from elevated vineyards in the Fairhall district, cool-fermented in tank to 12.5% alc. and 2.3 g/L RS. 17.5/20 Jan 2019 RRP $16.95

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