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Paddy Borthwick Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2018

02 August,2018

After a difficult 2017 growing season which was cold and wet, forcing growers to pick before the weather affected the fruit any more, 2018 was a slightly easier year, where there was more warmth, but still weather events to navigate around. Growers had more choices to act, and different options led to different outcomes for the various varieties. Paddy Borthwick was happy with how his Sauvignon Blanc was handled in 2018, and he cites this wine has having the "best aromatic lift” he has had for a while, with excellent fruit sweetness. He thinks that bottling the wine early has also helped it. Here is my review.


Paddy Borthwick Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. This has an elegantly proportioned nose with well-packed and densely concentrated aromas of pungent passionfruit along with tropical fruit and dark herb notes. The aromatics are deep and intense. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has tight and penetrating flavours of pungent passionfruit entwined with tropical fruits, fresh and dark herbs, und suggestions of mouthwatering minerals. The flavours form a firm core with plenty of linearity. This has very fine-textured phenolics and the wine carries to an elegant, dry finish. This is a tight and penetrating, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with pungent passionfruit, tropical fruit and herb flavours on a fine-featured, linear palate. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the ‘Borthwick’ vineyard, fermented in stainless-steel to 12.8% alc. and 1.0 g/L RS, the wine aged on light lees. 18.5/20 Aug 2018 RRP $24.00

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