Whitehaven ‘Hidden Barrel’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 01-Dec-2016
Bright, light straw-yellow colour with some green hues, paler edged. The nose is firm and tightly concentrated with fresh aromas of nectarines, greengages and green stonefruits intermixed with herbs and complexing, savoury, nutty elements at the core. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has strong and well-packed flavours of nectarines and greengages, with green stonefruits, fresh herbs, some blackcurrant leaf and nutty elements. The mouthfeel is bright and lively with crisp acidity and the wine follows a very fine-textured, and elegantly concentrated line, the acidity enhancing the linearity. The wine leads to a long and finely concentrated finish of green stonefruits, nuts, with herb and mineral nuances. This is a fresh, lively, oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with well-packed nectarine and greengage fruit flavours on a fine-textured palate. Match with herb-marinated seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 3+ years. Some experimental wines are in barrels ‘hidden’ away, hence the name of this wine. Hand-picked fruit, foot-crushed and indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned French oak puncheons to 13.5% alc. and 2.4 g/L RS, the wine aged 5 months on lees with minimal stirring and no MLF. 18.0/20 Dec 2016 RRP $24.90

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