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


  • Eradus Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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