Fairbourne Estate 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

09-Jul-2013
The New Zealand wine industry is beginning to take pride in its most widely planted variety again, especially after it was maligned following the large yields seen in 2008. It is fair to admit that those looking for short term gain jeopardised the country’s reputation with discounting and poor quality examples of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. However those who understand and champion Sauvignon Blanc’s importance, and how the whole country depends on its success are being heard. Marlborough industry veterans Sarah Inkersell and Russell Hooper are such champions and have made and marketed solely Sauvignon Blanc since 2004. The ‘Two Tails’ label is one of accessibility and value, while their premium ‘Fairbourne’ label is all about provenance, finesse and subtle complexity. With the 2012 vintage, they have introduced ‘Edgehill’, a new single vineyard wine. All the wines are properly dry and youthful, and show the potential to keep well in bottle. www.fairbourne.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Two Tails Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Edgehill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Fairbourne Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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