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. www.brancottestate.com
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Brancott Estate ‘Chosen Rows’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 28-Dec-2015Brilliant straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, a little lighter on the rim. The bouquet is very elegantly proportioned with very taut and tightly concentrated aromas of spicy green stonefruits, greengages and nectarines, densely packed with herb, smoke, flint and nutty, mineral detail. The nose grows in depth, concentration and detail with aeration. Very dry to taste and medium-full-bodied, the palate features an extremely powerful and concentrated core of green stonefruits entwined with piquant herbs, spices, nuts and smoke, with mouthwatering mineral notes. The mouthfeel possesses considerable textural presence, the phenolics fine-grained, but considerable in vinosity. The wine has immense power and drive, the alcohol noticeably adding to the energy. This carries to a very long, concentrated, steely and mouthwatering finish. This is a very intense and powerfully concentrated oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with green stonefruit flavours and complexing. mouthwatering detail, significant structure and texture, power and a degree of elegance and proportion. Serve with herb-marinated seafood, poultry, pork, and veal dishes over the next 4-5+ years. Mass Select clone fruit from selected rows on the ‘Brancott’ vineyard, vines 15-17 y.o., hand-picked, WBP, undergoing low press cuts and indigenous yeast fermented in oak cuves to 14.5% alc. and 2.1 g/L RS, TA 8.1 g/L and pH 3.13, the wine spending 8 months on lees. 19.0+/20 Dec 2015 RRP $80.00