from New Zealand – Marlborough18.5+/20
Bright pale straw colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very rich in fruit with firmly
concentrated aromas of pungent passionfruit along with savoury herbs, notes of
cut grass, green stonefruits and subtle hints of smoke. The aromatics are densely pack and
interwoven, opening in volume with aeration.
Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has rich, luscious and lively
mouthfilling flavours of passionfruit, gooseberries, green stonefruits, and
slightly savoury, smoky herb nuances.
This has weight and presence, and the dense core flows smoothly along a
soft-textured line with balanced acidity and energy. The wine carries to a long finish of
passionfruit and green stonefruits. This
is a rich and well-concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with layers of passionfruit,
green stonefruits and savoury herb elements.
Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. 100% Marlborough fruit, two-thirds from the
company’s Waihopai Valley and Chaytors Road vineyards, and the balance from the
southern side of the Wairau Valley, 7% indigenous yeast fermented, and 6% in
seasoned French oak barriques, the remainder conventionally in stainless-steel
to 13.0% alc. and 2.8 g/L RS. 18.5+/20 Apr 2017