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Loveblock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

01 May,2018

Erica and Kim Crawford relaunched their wine career by purchasing a property on Ugbrooke Road, off Redwood Pass Road in the Lower Dashwood area of the Awatere Valley in 2004, naming it ‘Loveblock Farm’. They have tended their vines with great care, converting to organics in 2008 and gaining BioGro organic certification in 2012. There are two main sections, the 72 ha Hillside and 12.56 ha Woolshed and Triangle blocks. A number of aromatic whites and Pinot Noir are made, but the main variety planted is Sauvignon Blanc. The wines are made at the nearby Awatere River Wine Co. facility.

2017 was one of the most challenging vintages in Marlborough, but the accumulated experience of the Crawfords gave them clear paths to follow. The Crawfords report their organic vineyards performed extremely well, and picking was conducted in 12 April, a flower day on the biodynamic calendar, after Cyclone Debbie and before Cyclone Cook. The vineyards were heavily leaf plucked to seek greater ripeness. The Sauvignon Blanc was small batch fermented utilising some barrel-fermentation and MLF conversion, and 10% Pinot Gris was added to the blend. I review the wine here. www.loveblockwine.com

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Loveblock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5/20

Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, paler on the rim. The nose is fresh and full with soft, voluminous aromas of green stonefruits and passionfruit along with notes of tropical fruits, unveiling notes of cut grass, nettles and capsicums. The fruit has cool-spectrum characteristics. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in presentation with crisp, lacy avidity enlivening the mouthfeel. The fruit flavours are soft and restrained with a core of pungent passionfruit and tropical fruit, along with fresh herbs, unfolding notes of nettles and cut grass. The fruit has good presence and forms a rounded heart and the wine flows along a light, phenolic-textured line with fresh acidity providing energy and drive. The wine carries to a dry, crisp, finely-textured, mouthwatering finish. This Sauvignon Blanc has cool-spectrum aromas and a palate with good presence and soft fruit flavours. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Woolshed’ vineyard and tank-fermented with 10% in barrels to 12.0% alc. and 5.0 g/L RS, 25% of the tank portion undergoing MLF with 10% Pinot Gris blended in. Certified BioGro organic. 17.5/20 May 2018 RRP $21.99

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