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Thistle Ridge North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017

03 August,2018

Thistle Ridge is a brand for the Thomas family who own Greystone and Muddy Water in North Canterbury. The fruit for the Thistle Ridge wines come from limestone soil influenced vineyards that were originally covered with thistles. Though seen as a secondary brand, the wines have seen success at wine judging competitions, indicating the quality of the fruit and the competent winemaking. Here, I review the 2017 Thistle Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, from a vintage which gave two tropical cyclones just before harvest. Once passed, the weather dried up to enable a harvest in conditions without rain.


Thistle Ridge North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, near colourless on edge. The nose is well-proportioned with good depth of aromatic gooseberry fruit melded with aromas of soft herbs and a hint of fragrant green beans. The nose is soft with good presence. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has luscious flavours gooseberries along with savoury herbs, a little green bean and green stonefruits. The fruit and mouthfeel is enlivened by brisk acidity, and the wine flows with good energy and tension along a fine- textured line, leading to an elegant finish. This is a luscious fruited Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, herb and bean flavours enlivened by fresh acidity, and an elegant finish, Match with Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. North Canterbury fruit cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. 17.5-/20 Aug 2018 RRP $19.00

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