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Sherwood ‘Stoney Range’ and ‘Sherwood’ 2018 Waipara Sauvignon Blanc

10 July,2018

The ‘Sherwood’ brand has been a Waipara Valley stalwart for over three decades, interestingly, the name may be better appreciated overseas, where a significant proportion of the wines are sold. Dayne and Jill Sherwood also have other successful brands, arguably the best performing being the ‘Stoney Range’. To take advantage of this, the company has introduced the ‘Stoney Range Reserve’ wines to take the place of the ‘Sherwood’ ‘Signature’ label on the domestic market. This is a process that is beginning to happen now. The ‘Sherwood’ brand will continue to be produced for export. Here, I review the Sherwood ‘Stoney Range’ and ‘Sherwood’ ‘Signature’ 2018 Sauvignon Blancs, hot of the press (excuse the pun), and from a more favourable growing season than that previous. www.sherwood.co.nz

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Sherwood Estate ‘Stoney Range’ Waipara Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18-/20

Bright, very pale straw colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is full and solid in presentation with pungent aromas of passionfruit with reductive sulphide mineral elements harmoniously melded with fresh herbs, green stonefruits and gooseberries, unfolding white floral elements. This is densely packed. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has rich and sweetly vibrant fruit flavours of passionfruit and green stonefruit with reductive minerals forming a tight and dense core. The palate flows along a slippery line with fine textures and lacy acidity providing good energy and drive. The wine carries to a lingering, elegant finish. This is a fulsome and rich, vibrant Sauvignon Blanc packed with passionfruit and mineral flavours on a slippery palate. Match with salads and vegetables, and Mediterranean fare over the next 2+ years. Fruit from the ‘Stirling’, ‘Church Road’ and ‘Georges Road’ vineyards. cool-fermented to 13.0% alc. and 4.3 g/L RS, the wine aged 2 months on lees. 18.0-/20 Jul 2018 RRP $16.99

Sherwood Estate ‘Sherwood’ Waipara Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18.5/20

Brilliant pale straw colour with slight green hues, lighter edged. The nose is fragrant with well-concentrated aromas of passionfruit along with white florals and a layering of reductive sulphide minerals with green stonefruits and fresh herbs. This has very good intensity, aromatic detail and vitality. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is bright, vibrant and refreshing with flavours of passionfruit, subtle reductive sulphide minerals, green stonefruits, snow peas and fresh herbs. The palate has vibrancy and a fine proportion and building intensity, with brisk acidity, carrying the wine to a long, lingering finish. This is a vibrant, bright and lively Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, floral, mineral and stonefruit flavours in a fine, elegant palate with racy acidity. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2+ years. A selection of premium fruit from the ‘Stirling’, ‘Georges Road’ and ‘Church Road’ vineyards, cool-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 2 months on lees. 18.5/20 Jul 2018 RRP $20.99

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