TerraVin ‘Te Ahu’ Marlborough 2010

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 07-Apr-2012
Very pale straw colour, with bright, fresh and piquant aromatics of nectarine fruit, spices and nutty barrel-ferment smokiness. Dry and very tightly bound, this has rich fruit and spicy oak flavours forming an intense amalgam. The richness is countered by excellent slippery acidity, and the smooth textures from barrel work underlying in support. This will develop well over the next 3-5 years, appearing a little brighter and tighter than on previous tasting.  19.0-/20  Apr 2012 ‘Te Ahu' means ‘new pathway' in Maori, signifying the different philosophy behind this wine. Low cropped Southern Valley Sauvignon Blanc wild fermented over 6 months in 500 L French oak puncheons to 14.0% alc. and 1.8 g/L rs, then aged a further 5 months in oak. Brilliant straw-yellow colour with a pale green-golden hued edge. Very intensely concentrated on bouquet, this shows a complex amalgam of ripe nectarines, garden herbs, smoke, flint, and distinctive oak spices all interwoven with density. Dry to taste, there are layers of flavours that unfold from the concentrated, weighty and packed palate. Ripe stonefruits, herbs, spices and smoke show as a complex funky expression, which is underlined by crisp acidity, resulting in fine textures and a long finish featuring a rich infusion of spices and herbs. Drink with grilled seafood and herb-rubbed poultry and pork dishes over the next 3-5 years. 18.5-/20 Aug 2011 RRP $40.00

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