Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 12-Feb-2011
Fruit from seven sites, hand-picked, WBP, 11% barrel-fermented in old French oak and 11% with native yeasts to 13.5% alc., and <1.0 g/L rs. Bright straw yellow in colour, this has a tight nose, quite restrained in varietal expression, but still definably so, quite complex with savoury elements, no doubt from the barrel work. Dry on palate, there is a little secondary flavour development, a touch of bean character, along with a savoury herb and gooseberry note. The acidity is a feature of the wine, providing a slipperiness to the mouthfeel. The varietal expression has been mollified and replaced by subtle complexities, which are in good balance. Probably not quite achieving the weight and textured desired, but showing the direction clearly. Drink over the next 2 years with dense flesh fish and poultry. 17.5-/20 Dec 2010 RRP $19.90

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