Eradus Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2011
After tasting through several dozen 2011 vintage Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, I feel that this year will not rival that of 2010, deemed to be one of the great years for the region and that so-important variety. Generalising, the best 2010s have great depth and concentration with fully ripened fruit flavours if not a complex array in the profile. Good examples will age well. The telling point is the number of wines that have reached a high standard. The 2011s are good, with clear-cut varietal expression, but in general, they do not possess the same intensity and palate weight, nor will they keep as well; and the number of wines that reach the top levels of quality is not quite the same.
However it is a proven point that the best vineyards maintain quality across different vintages, often the vineyard character transcending vintage conditions and growing variations. Year-in year-out wine consistency is a measure of this vineyard quality, and if this is the case, then Michiel and Hanna Eradus' 12 ha ‘Breloft' site in the Awatere Valley must be a superior one. Practically every vintage of his Sauvignon Blanc has won a gold medal or been awarded a 5 star rating in wine shows, authoritative tastings and reviews at some time of its life. The new 2011 Eradus Sauvignon Blanc is reviewed here. www.eraduswines.co.nz
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Eradus Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 29-Mar-2012Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with some depth, pale on rim. The bouquet is full with good volume, showing gooseberry and green bean notes of development, well-concentrated and harmoniously presented. Dry with moderate punchiness, this has a core of gooseberry and capsicum fruit flavours along with green beans, opening up with accessibility and filling the palate. The mid-palate richness leads to a crisp, zesty finish with sweet flavours of gooseberries and herbs. Starting to show some development in the flavour profile, this has the fruit richness to match most seafood and poultry dishes over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Breloft' vineyard, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 3.5 g/L rs. 17.5+/20 Mar 2012 RRP $19.00 Fruit from the ‘Breloft' vineyard in the Awatere Valley cool-fermented in stainless steel to 13.5% alc. and dryness. Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with green hues and a pale rim. This is very tight and finely expressed on the nose with intense mineral-infused gooseberry and nettle-like aromas, quite piercing and cutting. Dry to taste, the wine is tightly bound, with penetrating pure flavours of gooseberries and steely minerals with wet stones. The textures are very fine, and racy acidity adds to the freshness and rich liveliness of the fruit, and the palate has drive and length. This is sure to open up, and put on more weight and breadth over the next 2-3 years. Serve with seafood, especially shellfish, and poultry and vegetarian dishes. 18.0/20 Oct 2011 RRP $21.50