Honorary ‘Hidden Barrel’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Awatere Marlborough Oaked Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 16-Aug-2018
Bright, even, light golden-yellow colour with lemon hues, a little paler on the rim. The nose is elegant in proportion with a softly concentrated and packed nose of harmoniously integrated green stonefruits and gooseberries, unfolding a subtle layering of fresh fragrant herbs and then nutty, waxy oak. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a core of green stonefruits melded with gooseberry and herbal nuances, layered by growing notes of spicy, nutty and waxy oak. The wine has good presence and depth, the flavours mouthfilling, but enlivened by fresh acidity. The wine flows along a broad, light-textured line with underlying alcoholic power to a long, spicy, nutty finish. This Sauvignon Blanc has stonefruit and gooseberry flavours along with prominent spicy, nutty oak, on a brisk, textured palate with alcohol drive. Serve with herb-marinated poultry and pork dishes over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the Awatere Valley, fully barrel-fermented, in 50% new and 50% 1 y.o. French oak, partially with indigenous yeasts to 14.1% alc. and 2.9 g/L RS, the wine undergoing 6 months batonnage and a spending a further 6 months on lees, with no MLF. Winemaker: Heath Stafford. 16.5+/20 Aug 2018 RRP $25.00

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