Elephant Hill ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-May-2012
Te Awanga fruit hand-picked and WBP, cool-fermented to 13.5% alc. and 3 g/L rs, the wine aged 6 months in oak with batonnage. Brilliant straw-yellow colour with some lemon hues. This has a powerful and concentrated, intense grassy nose with aromas of fresh mint herbs, gooseberries and some secondary bean notes. The oaking adds a hint of spice. Dry, and medium-full bodied, this has power and weight, showing deep flavours of grass and herbs with a little bean-like development. The fruit is piquant and rich, and some alcohol drives the palate. Crisp and lively acidity lends a racy drying texture carrying through to a long finish featuring herb flavours. This full and intense Sauvignon Blanc is lively and flavoursome, and beginning to show some flavour development. Serve with herb encrusted poultry and pork dishes over the next 2-3+ years. 17.5+/20 May 2012 RRP $29.00

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