Man O’ War ‘Gravestone’ Waiheke Island Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2013

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 17-Feb-2015
Brilliant, even, pale straw-yellow colour with a light edge. This has a fresh and intensely concentrated and elegantly presented bouquet of ripe nectarine and greengage fruit that unfolds cut-grass, lantana, waxy gooseberry fruit and flinty, mineral detail. The aromatics are lifted and add a white floral edge. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is refined with delicately luscious, succulent and ripe fruit flavours of green stonefruits, tropical fruit, cut grass and minerals. Ethereal flint and smoke nuances unfold. The palate follows a very fine-textured line with thirst-quenching, lacy acidity. This is stylish and poised with the acid cut and fruit sweetness in excellent balance, and the wine carries to a very long finish of green stonefruits. This is an elegant and finely concentrated, succulent and detailed oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc. Serve with seafood, herb-marinated poultry and Pacific Rim fare over the next 3+ years. 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon, the Sauvignon one-third fermented in tank and the remainder cloudy by indigenous yeasts in puncheons, the Semillon fermented in seasoned barriques to 14.0% alc. and dryness. The wine was aged on lees in predominantly seasoned oak with 2% of the wine in acacia wood. 19.0-/20 Feb 2015 RRP $32.99

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