Tohu ‘Mugwi Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 14-Feb-2011
A very complex rendition of Sauvignon, with a nod towards the superior dry white Graves style of Bordeaux. Made from fully-ripened fruit from the ‘Arapoto' block of the company's Awatere vineyard, wild yeast fermented with high solids in old French oak barriques up to a peak of 24°C, resulting in a wine at 13.0% alc. and 1.58 g/L rs. It was given lees work and underwent malo conversion. Bright straw yellow colour with depth, this has a very interesting and complex nose reminiscent of the seaside with smokiness from the barrel ferment and wild yeasts, combined with restrained herb, mineral and savoury earthy notes. The balance of the componentry is excellent. Dry on palate, this has a wonderful creaminess of texture with a most complex array of flavours interwoven into the profile. Fruit and wood spice are very harmonious and have integrated superbly. Excellent acidity provides verve. The finish is long and intense, and a little dominated by the oak, but there is more than enough fruit sweetness to match it. A wine to match smoked and highly seasoned seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 3-5 years. Watch out ‘Te Koko', ‘Section 94' and ‘Marama', ‘Mugwi' is on the rise! 19.5/20 Dec 2010 RRP $24.95

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