Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 03-Feb-2015
Fruit from 64% ‘Cowslip Valley’, Waihopi, 21% ‘Headwaters’, upper Wairau, and 15% ‘Wakefield Downs’, Awatere, the wine 60% fermented in seasoned oak with a small portion of new French oak to 13.0% alc. and 1.3 g/L RS, the wine undergoing batonnage. Bright, light straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim. This has an elegantly and finely concentrated nose of white and green stonefruits, the greengage and nectarine aromas entwined with subtle flinty lees, smoke and nutty oak elements, and chalky minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, tight and stylishly concentrated flavours of gooseberries, nectarines and greengages form a firm, fine-textured line. The mouthfeel is crisp, zesty and lively with bright, refreshing acidity. As the wine flows, flinty lees, nuts and smoky oak detail emerge to add interest and delicate complexities. The palate has drive, with some underlying alcohol power carrying the wine to a long finish with stonefruits, flint and herbs. This is a finely concentrated and lively, green stonefruited Sauvignon Blanc with delicate complexing detail. Match with seafood and herb-marinated white meat dishes over the next 2-3 years. 18.0-/20 Jan 2015 RRP $30.00

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