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Two Rivers ‘Convergence’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017

22 November,2017

Marlborough winemaker Dave Clouston is one of the region’s new stars, making increasingly excellent wines under his ‘Two Rivers’ and ‘Black Cottage’ labels. Dave is Marlborough and bred, and has a deep understanding of the different sub-regions and is aware of the best performing vineyards, as well as the suitability of the vine varieties in each area and site. This knowledge has enabled the rapid growth of his brands. Arguably his most successful wines are his rosé wines and of course, Sauvignon Blanc. Here, I review his premier fruit-focussed 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, the ‘Convergence’ named for the coming together of the vineyards of the Awatere and Wairau rivers to make top Marlborough wine. Dave acknowledges the challenges of the 2017 growing season, but so far, I see he has made very creditable wines. www.tworivers.co.nz

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Two Rivers ‘Convergence’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

18+/20

Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is elegant in proportion with fine depth and intensity of tightly bound aromas of passionfruit, white florals, nuances of fresh herbs and cut grass, unfolding subtle notes of fermentation esters and mineral elements. This has delicacy of expression. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in expression with tightly bound flavours of passionfruit, white florals, green stonefruits, along with nuances of herbs and cut grass. The flavours are stylish and balanced by fresh, lacy acidity, and the wine carries smoothly with good energy along a refined line, leading to a soft, sustained finish of passionfruit, herbs and minerals. This is an elegant, tightly-bound Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, florals, herbs and cut grass flavours on a refined palate. It will blossom over the next 2 years. Serve with Pacific Rim fare. Fruit from the ‘Richmond Brook, ‘ Starborough Farms’, ‘Dew’ and ‘Hagen’ vineyards, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 3.4 g/L RS, the wine aged 3 months on lees. 9,000 cases made. 18.0+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $24.00

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