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O:TU and Music Bay 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

27 April,2017
Since the international consortium that took over the Awatere Otuwhero Estate and re-established the O:TU wine brand with Jan Kux as winemaker, we have seen a number of high quality Sauvignon Blanc wines come from the 200 ha of vines near Clifford Bay. To date, the ‘estate’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has been joined by the single vineyard ‘Blend 102’, ‘Reserve’ and ‘Prestige’ bottlings, not all of which I have reviewed. In May last year, I reviewed the delicious ‘Barrel Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013, a sweet wine (click here to see my review). There are plans to introduce a Pinot Noir to the portfolio soon. In the meantime, a more accessible label, ‘Music Bay’ has been introduced. Here I review the 2016 Music Bay and O:TU Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs.


Music Bay ‘Summer’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very fresh with intense and penetrating aromas of fresh herbs, cut grass and nettles, with subtle passionfruit, blackcurrant leaf and bean notes, unveiling mineral nuances. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has up-front flavours of gooseberries, cut grass and nettles, with passionfruit and leaf nuances forming a tight core. The mouthfeel is crisp and mouthwatering with zesty acidity, and the wine flows along a dry-textured, phenolic line carrying through to a dry, lingering finish of herbs and leaf. This is a crisp, taut, mouthwatering Sauvignon Blanc with nettle, cut grass, gooseberry, leaf and bean flavours on a dry, textural palate. Serve with salads and vegetables and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the Awatere Valley cool-fermented in tank to 12.5% alc. and 3.1 g/L RS. 16.5+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $16.99

O:TU Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues. The nose is softly full and fine in concentration with fragrant aromas of passionfruit, white florals and thirst-quenching chalky minerals. The aromatics are taut with good intensity and penetration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is refined in expression with elegantly concentrated and subtly rich, juicy and vibrant flavours of passionfruit, white florals and nettles, unfolding mineral elements. The fruit is balanced by refined, mouthwatering acidity that lends energy and vitality, and the wine flows along a very fine-textured line leading to a stylish, restrained finish of fresh herbs. This is an elegantly concentrated and refined Sauvignon Blanc with vibrant fruit flavours of passionfruit, floral, nettle and minerally flavours. Match with seafood and Asian fare over the next 2+ years. Estate fruit from the Awatere Valley, cool-fermented in tank to 13.0% alc. and 3.9 g/L RS, the wine aged on light lees. 18.0/20 Apr 2017 RRP $22.99
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