Alluviale Hawke’s Bay ‘Tardif’ 2010

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 16-Feb-2011
‘Tardif' is French for ‘late' referring to the late autumn harvest and wine style. 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Mangatahi region left on vine to undergo ‘passerillage' or raisining, without botrytis infection. Picked at 35° Brix and fermented to 12.5% alc. and 65 g/L rs. Bright straw-yellow with golden hues, this has a bouquet of ripe greengages and gooseberries, cooked yellow stonefruits, ripe citrus fruits with savoury wild honey and spicy, nutty elements. Medium-sweet on palate, the ripe fruit flavours of marmalade, yellow stonefruits and honey are the feature, oaking very much in the background. Good acidity is present, but the sweet nature of the wine prevails with its soft rich textures. The wine finishes with a touch of drying phenolics. Serve as an aperitif or with lighter fruit desserts over the next 3-5 years. 17.5+/20 Feb 2011 RRP $27.00

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