Te Kairanga Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 20-Nov-2016
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and gently voluminous with aromas of passionfruit and tropical fruit, along with subtle layers of white and yellow florals, fresh herbs and nuances on minerals. The aromas form a gentle core, but shows freshness, poise and finesse. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is crisp, zesty and lively with racy acidity underlying a heart of fresh passionfruit entwined with tropical fruits, and notes of white florals and herbs. The wine flows along a fine-textured, dry, thirst-quenching line with plenty of acid energy and drive. The wine carries to a mouthwatering finish of passionfruit, herbs and minerals. This is a fresh, bright and lively Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit and herb flavours and a zesty mouthfeel, on a dry, fine-textured line. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2+ years. Fruit including for the first time a portion from the ‘Rua’ vineyard, cool-fermented in stainless-steel with 5% in French oak to 13.5% alc. and 1.75 g/L RS, the barrel portion aged 3 months in oak. 18.0+/20 Nov 2016 RRP $19.00 The stylistic expression of the Te Kairanga wines is now quite consistent with John Kavanagh’s overseeing vision. The whites are tight and minerally, but vintage still has a say. This is bright with very pale straw colour and slight green hues. On nose, tight and taut, with refreshing, mouthwatering passionfruit aromas. The palate is dry, crisp and racy, but with lovely pungent and aromatic passionfruit flavours and subtle herbal nuances. The ripeness is there, along with very fine textures. Lovely balance. 95% stainless-steel, and 5% spending 3 months in oak. 13.5% alc. and 1.75 g/L RS. 18.0+/20 Oct 2016 RRP $24.50

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