Ara Marlborough Late Harvest Sauvignon 2012
Sweet Wine from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 24-May-2014
A micro-vinification of Sauvignon Blanc grapes left on the vine, developing botrytis infection, picked at 40° Brix, basket pressed and fermented in a glass jar to approx. 10% alc. and 140 g/L RS. Only 25 L was made, and bottled in 375 ml bottles. Due to the small quantity, it will not be commercialised; however it has served as a template for a larger quantity of a Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc from the 2014 vintage. The wine is light straw coloured and shows varietal brashness, with ripe tropical fruits and grassy, green stonefruit aromas and flavours, rather than honey, marmalade of botrytis. White sweet and showing some lusciousness, there a rawness, and brash acidity with a coarseness as though it needed more sulphuring. I surmised the wine is a bit rustic, but a wine for the full market will be far more polished. Nevertheless, one can see the bones of something very interesting. (375 ml) 15.0+/20 May 2014 Not for sale.