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Sliding Hill 2017 and Auntsfield SV Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

13 September,2017
The legacy of David Herd who established Marlborough’ first vineyard and winery in 1873 has been kept alive by the Cowley family who re-established the Auntsfield Estate on the original site in the Southern Valleys. The 65 ha of vineyard are divided into 50 individual blocks, approx. half to Pinot Noir, and the rest to Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The Auntsfield site appears to be a particularly favourable one, judging from the wines emanating from it. The viticulture is under the care of Ben Cowley, and the winemaker is brother Luc Cowley. Between them they have produced wines of richness and body, but also wines that reflect the sub-regionality of the Southern Valleys. The ‘Single Vineyard’ wines are blends of fruit from the different blocks, and the ‘Single Block’ wines bottlings of the fruit from a single block, and these include all three varieties. There is a super-premium ‘Heritge’ Pinot Noir wine, but also secondary labels ‘Sliding Hill’ and ‘Block 88’. Here I review the new 2017 ‘Sliding Hill’ and ‘Single Vineyard’ Sauvignon Blancs. www.auntsfield.co.nz

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Sliding Hill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5+/20
Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, near colourless. The nose is softly full with gently packed pungent aromas of passionfruit entwined with gooseberry fruit and fresh herbs, along with hints of snow peas and cut grass. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has good intensity of penetrating flavours of passionfruit with subtle notes of tropical fruit, gooseberries and fresh herbs. The fruit forms a fine, concentrated core and flows along a fine-textured line with fresh, lacy acidity providing drive and energy. The wine carries to an elegant, lingering finish of passionfruit and fresh herbs. This is a well-concentrated and deep fruited Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit and gooseberry flavours on a fine palate with fresh acidity. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Southern Valleys fruit fermented with 3% in barrel to 13.0% alc. and 2.5 g/L RS, and approx. half the wine aged 3-4 weeks on lees. 17.5+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $22.95

Auntsfield ‘Single Vineyard’ Southern Valleys Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

18.5-/20
Bright pale straw colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and gently voluminous with ethereal, fragrant aromas of tropical fruits and white florals, underlined by passionfruit and fresh herbs. The nose shows a concentrated core with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has up-front and rich fruit flavours of tropical fruits, passionfruit, gooseberries and fresh herbs. The fruit has good body and presence, forming a fine-textured and concentrated heart, with good linearity. Fresh, brisk acidity enlivens the fruitiness and aromatics, and the wine flows with good energy to a long, lingering, dry, fine-textured finish, This is a finely concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with ethereal aromas and deep flavours of tropical fruits, passionfruit and gooseberries on a fine, fresh palate. Serve with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Auntsfield’ vineyard, fermented in stainless-steel with a portion hand-picked, WBP and fermented in seasoned oak to 13.0% alc. 18.5-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $25.00
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