Brancott Estate ‘Chosen Rows’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013


In 2013 Brancott Estate launched its icon Sauvignon Blanc, named ‘Chosen Rows’, the wine from the 2010 vintage. It was touted as being the culmination of over 35 years of experience in viticulture and winemaking, dating from the company’s pioneering planting of Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough in 1975. I reviewed the wine in April 2013 (click here to see my review), and saw the wine as in the style of subtle fruit expression and in-built complexities, with very fine textural qualities, rather than one with powerful or overt fruit expression, or incorporating bold reductive or oak-input componentry. The Brancott Estate ‘Chosen Rows’ style was certainly more international in expression and very well-suited to food pairing. There are other super-premium bottlings of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc made in a similar fashion, and they, like the ‘Chosen Rows’ deserve understanding to appreciate their more refined personalities.

Brancott Estate has now released its second ‘Chosen Rows’ Sauvignon Blanc, from the 2013 vintage. Chief winemaker Patrick Matermann notes that the development programme for the wine has provided the company with a very high level of understanding of the variety in the vineyard, winery and glass hand has had direct benefits in the other tiers and labels of Sauvignon Blanc for Brancott Estate. However, the icon wine is all about "complexity and age-worthiness”. It is made only in the best vintages and from selected rows from the ‘Brancott’ vineyard. Here, I review the 2013 ‘Chosen Rows’ Sauvignon Blanc.

Disclosure: No fee was paid for this ‘Feature Review’. I reserve the right to publish an assessment as a ‘Feature Review’ instead of in the ‘Tasting Reviews’ section of the website if I consider it of significance.


  • Brancott Estate ‘Chosen Rows’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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