Isabel ‘Noble Sauvage’ Marlborough 2008

Sweet Wine from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 22-Aug-2013
Sauvignon Blanc fruit from ‘Block 5’, both late-harvest and botrytis-affected, hand-picked, barrel-fermented to 10.9% alc. and 120 g/L RS, the wine aged 18 months in 50% new French oak barriques, with batonnage. Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim. The bouquet is full and voluminous with aromas of ripe tropical fruits, green stonefruits and honey, entwined with subtle lantana and herb nuances, as well as nutty notes that unfold in gentle waves. Medium-bodied and very sweet to taste, a complex array of flavours of ripe stonefruits, tropical fruits, lantana and honey form a weighty palate core. The mouthfeel is near-unctuous, with sufficient underlying acidity providing drive and linearity. The palate is rounded and rich, but the flavours are stylishly restrained, and lead to a medium-sweet finish. This is a rich, near unctuous, luscious Sauvignon Blanc-based dessert wine that retains a sense of restraint. Match with baked desserts over the next 4-5+ years. (375 ml) 18.0/20 Aug 2013 RRP $39.99

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