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The Better Half 2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir

03 August,2017
‘The Better Half’ is the wine brand of George Elworthy. George is a winemaker with more than 18 years of experience in Marlborough, and is arguably best known as the founding winemaker at ‘The Crossings’ in the Awatere Valley. George has worked at Seresin Estate, Cloudy Bay, Allan Scott and Vavasour, as well as several vintages in Italy. More recently, he has been supporting his wife Jules Taylor in her winemaking business, though not in the capacity of a winemaker. However, this involvement has led to George establishing his own label ‘The Better Half’, a tongue-in-cheek reference to his relationship with his wife. ‘The Better Half’ wines are made solely by George and vinified as his own unique bottlings, and marketed overseas in the U.S.A. and China, though they may introduced into the domestic market at some time in the near future. Here, I review the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The both show a firm, ‘masculine’ nature! www.thebetterhalf.co.nz

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The Better Half Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5/20
Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues. The nose is tight and firmly concentrated with penetrating aromas of fresh gooseberries, cut grass, fresh herbs, capsicums and lighter notes of passionfruit. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is tightly bound with a firm-textured, concentrated core of cut grass, fresh herbs, gooseberries, and passionfruit notes. The palate is mouth-wateringly dry with fine, crisp, acid briskness, and the wine flows along a taut, tight line, leading to a lingering finish of cut grass, capsicums and green stonefruits. This is a firmly concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with flavours of cut grass, herbs, gooseberries and passionfruit, on a very dry, crisp, mouthwatering palate. Match with seafood and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2+ years. Fruit primarily from the Dillons Point sub-region, fermented in stainless-steel to 13.3% alc. and 1.0 g/L RS. 17.5/20 Aug 2017 RRP $18.99

The Better Half Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5-/20
Ruby red colour with a dark heat and light purple hues on the rim. This has a fresh, elegantly concentrated nose with aromas of dark-red cherry and raspberry fruit entwined with dark herbs, unfolding some dark-red florals and raspberry liqueur notes. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fine and firmly concentrated with flavours of vibrant, dark-red cherry and raspberry fruit, along with lifted floral elements and nuances of dark herbs. The mouthfeel is taut and sinewy with a moderately deep core, and the fruit is supported by grainy tannin extraction with integrated acidity. The palate has good linearity and the flavours carry to a sustained finish of cherries and raspberries. This is an elegantly concentrated, firm and sinewy Pinot Noir with flavours of dark cherries and raspberries. Match with poultry and pork over the next 4 years. Fruit 80% from Hawksbury and 20% Wrekin, in the Southern Valleys, vines approx. 10 y.o., the wine fermented with 20% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., with approx. 20% of the wine given oak contact, this portion aged 10 months in barrel with some new wood influence. 17.5-/20 Aug 2017 RRP $23.99
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