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Haha Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

12 March,2018

hahaThe Haha Wine Company released its first wine, a Sauvignon Blanc from the 2011 vintage in November that year. It was an ambitious project based on the concept of a virtual winery, buying fruit and having the wine made in a contracted facility. The key aspect of this is that there is no costly investment in vineyard or plant. To succeed in this scenario, the wine has to be good, offer value and appeal to the market. It did on all accounts, from the business and marketing acumen of Ash Ireland, and the winemaking expertise of John Belsham. The Haha brand has grown significantly since then, and now the seventh Sauvignon Blanc has been released. I review the wine here.


Haha Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on the edge. The nose is fresh and lively with bright and intense, tightly bound aromas of gooseberries entwined with cooler-spectrum nettle, cut-grass and green capsicum notes, along with mineral nuances and hints of passionfruit. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is very brisk and zesty with racy acidity highlighting the flavours of gooseberries, nettles and cut grass, with white floral lift. Some passionfruit and fresh herb detail adds interest. The fruit is underlined by very fine, dry, thirst-quenching textures and the palate has good linearity leading to a long, nuanced finish. This is a crisp and racy, tightly bound Sauvignon Blanc with cool-spectrum gooseberry, nettle and herb flavours and a thirst-quenching palate. Serve with shellfish and seafood, and salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. Fruit from the Waihopi and Wairau Valleys, cool-fermented in tank to 12.5% alc. and 1.9 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Mar 2018 RRP $17.99

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