Brancott Estate ‘Letter Series – B’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 17-Apr-2013
Brilliant, very pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is full with finely expressed volume of ripe gooseberry fruit lifted by delicate white florals and mineral elements and a hint of smokiness. Tropical fruit notes emerge in the glass. Dry to taste, the palate combines a gentle richness and concentration of ripe gooseberry and capsicum fruit flavours, and notes of tropical fruits with an underlying density of mouthfeel and power. This has weight and a full, dry mouthfeel with refined and smooth flowing textures, the acidity quite restrained. The wine is driven to a very long and lingering finish. This is a dry, very fine, textural Sauvignon Blanc with restrained gooseberry fruit flavours, but plenty of power. Match with seafood, poultry, salads and vegetables over the next 2-3 years. Mass selection Sauvignon Blanc fruit, approx. 90% from the ‘Brancott’ vineyard in the Wairau Valley, from vines around 16 y.o. 85% machine harvested and cool-fermented in tank, with 15% hand-picked, warm-fermented by indigenous yeasts in large oak cuves to 14.0% alc. and 2.0 g/L rs, the wine aged on gross lees until blending. 18.5/20 Apr 2013 RRP $37.99

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