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Gumbo & Good North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017

21 June,2018

Gumbo and Good is a collaboration wine brand of the Gumbo and Good families. Cashias Gumbo is a sommelier in Christchurch who is totally immersed in wine, working in the wine trade with a distribution company, and recently partaking in the world championships of the wine options game part of the New Zealand team (coming in fourth). Haydon Good is the winemaker at The Crater Rim winery in the Waipara Valley. Haydon has made a number of creditable wines that have captured the attention of the wine press lately. Together, Cashias and Haydon have sourced Sauvignon Blanc fruit and hope to have Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir to follow. Here, I review their first wine, a Sauvignon Blanc, the fruit from the Good Family certified organic vineyard. The wine is distributed through Brandhouse. www.brandhouse.co.nz


Gumbo & Good North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Bright straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly packed with deep aromas of green stonefruits, greengages and nectarines with a layering of creamy and nutty oak, unfolding an array of dark herbs. This shows considerable complexity from the lees and oak input. Dry to taste and medium bodied, the palate has rich and rounded fruit flavours of savoury green stonefruits, along with nutty lees and creamy oak elements. This has good depth with concentration , unfolding herbal notes and a little green bean. The fruit richness provides a degree of unctuousness which is balanced by fresh, lacy acidity and a fine phenolic line which carries the palate to a lingering, light, dry-textured finish. This is a complex oak and lees-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with green stonefruit flavours and a layering of nutty lees and oak on a rounded palate. Match with herb-marinated poultry, pork and veal dishes over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Good Family’ vineyard, fermented to 13.0% alc., 20% of the wine aged 9 months on lees in seasoned oak. 17.5-/20 Jun 2018 RRP $22.99

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