Astrolabe ‘Experience’ ‘Taihoa’ Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 05-Feb-2011
The alliance of Sauvignon Blanc and oak can be fraught with danger. The fruit needs to be in the riper spectrum, the wood quality very fine and handling very sensitive. The fruit for this wine came from the Trolove's ‘Taihoa Farm' in the coastal hills of Kekerengu in Marlborough. It was hand-picked, whole bunch pressed fermented with wild yeasts in seasoned oak on light solids, and given lees stirring. The resulting wine carries 13.0% alc. with 2.8 g/L rs. Very pale and even straw-yellow in colour, the bouquet is an intriguing amalgam of fresh herbs with spices and nuts from the wood and lees work. There is a restraint and thus stylishness to the aromatics. Dry on palate, this has real depth, intensity and concentration of flavours, all very well-balanced and now showing some integration. Herbal and subtle, ripe gooseberry fruit with nutty flavours flow. The fine-textured mouthfeel is a highlight. There is excellent focus and length. This complex white wine will match flavoursome seafood and poultry dishes well over the next 2-4 years. 19.0-/20 Jan 2011 RRP $29.99

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