Matahiwi ‘Holly’ Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 12-Feb-2011
The ‘Holly' wines, named after owner Alastair Scott's daughter, are the flagships for Matahiwi. This is a serious attempt at complexity with the Sauvignon Blanc variety. The home Opaki vineyard fruit was supplemented with a small amount from a grower in Martinborough, then totally fermented by wild yeasts in seasoned French oak barriques to 13.4% alc. and the resultant wine given lees work. Bright, light straw yellow, this has a full, pungent nose of ripe passionfruit along with smoky barrel-ferment notes that take control of the aromatics. Dry on palate with only 1.6 g/L rs, the spicy oakiness is prevalent with steely nectarine and herb flavours underlying. As with all Sauvignon Blanc, the acidity is a feature, and it contributes to a firm dry finish. This would match smoked seafood dishes over the next 2-3 years. 16.0+/20 Nov 2010 RRP $26.00

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