Brancott Estate ‘Chosen Rows’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 23-Apr-2013
Brilliant straw-yellow colour, pale an rim. This has a very fine and tightly concentrated bouquet with driven but subtle aromas of nectarines, spices and savoury greengage fruit. The aromatics have a firm rawness which reveals details of smoke, flint and green beans and white florals. Dry to taste, the palate is elegantly proportioned, with tightly bound and packed with nectarine fruit, fresh savoury herbs and spice elements. This has real concentration and depth with a stylishness. There is considerable mouthfeel and presence, with fine textures balanced by lacy, steely acidity providing brilliant cut and tension. Nuances of smoke, minerals and hints of secondary bean-like flavours emerge in the glass, and carry through to a very concentrated, lively, textural finish with very long, lingering flavours. This is a powerful and concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with tightly restrained flavours and textures along with the acid cut for elegance. It will reveal more layers of interest over the next 3-4+ years. Match with seafood and poultry dishes, and with creamy cheeses. Hand-picked Sauvignon Blanc fruit from chosen rows in the ‘Brancott’ vineyard, WBP using the company’s ‘Coquard’ Champagne press, 50% fermented in French oak cuves and foudres, the majority of ferments by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc. and 3.0 g/L rs, the wine aged on lees for 8 months. 3,500 bottles made. 19.0-/20 Apr 2013 RRP $80.00

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