Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 10-Apr-2018
Brilliant straw-yellow colour with pale green-gold hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is very fresh and taut with finely concentrated aromas of gooseberries, cut-grass, nettles, and notes of fresh herbs and minerals. The aromatics have good intensity and penetration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is very tight and steely with bound flavours of gooseberries, nettles and cut-grass, entwined with herbs and capsicums, and minerally detail. The mouthfeel is somewhat austere, with fine, drying phenolic textures forming a driven line, and brisk, racy acidity lending plenty of tension and cut. The flavours form a very taut core that leads to a lingering, steely finish. This is a very tightly bound, austere, dry-textured, brisk Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, cut-grass and nettle flavours. Serve as an aperitif and with shellfish over the next 2+ years. Fruit from the Waihopai and Awatere Valleys, 61% ‘Echelon’, 28% ‘Cowslip’ and 11% ‘Wakefield Downs’ sites, fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 8 months in 25% new oak, including 225 L, 300 L cigars and 500 L and 600 L puncheons, the wine undergoing batonnage. 16.5+/20 Apr 2018 RRP $34.95

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