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Helen has worked very hard at making a style that is suited to her fruit and the district, giving a point of difference to the passionfruity thiol-monsters of the 2016 Marlborough vintage. Elegance, freshness of fruit, more methoxypyrazine gooseberry fruit, bright acidity and delicate textures were the aim, and for this, she’s used some skin contact and 30% in barrel. Very pale straw. The nose is tight and elegant with ripe yellow stonefruits and green stonefruits, and no tropical fruit. On palate crisp and steely with a slippery mouthfeel. Gooseberry fruit with subtle textures and detail. But the fruit and freshness prevail. It’s a more slender wine than some of the worked examples made elsewhere.
Displaying youthful gooseberry, green apple and lime leaves notes with a hint of sage, the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is light-bodied, crisp and refreshing with understated herbal flavors and a minerally finish. 31/12/16
The Wine Advocate
Includes a small proportion of wine made from whole berries fermented in barrel to add texture. There's still a hint of the pear character - fermentation-related? - lingering here but also quite a marked peppery aroma. Stone fruit and pear rather than the typically grassy style of NZ Sauvignon. Bone dry, even a little salty. Distinctively and well made.
A little skin contact here, smells of ripe pear fruits as well as some bright tropical lemon citrus, melon and other tropical fruits, the palate is big on pineapple and passion fruit flavor, peachy through the finish. Drink now.
Weighty, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc, with a mix of gooseberry and red capsicum together with riper nectarine, tree fruit flavours plus a seasoning of nutty yeast lees character. Textural, satisfying wine in quite a complex style.
Very pale and clear colour. This has soft, gentle ethereal aromatics, showing a subtle amalgam of gooseberries, fresh herbs and white florals, fresh and balanced, quite harmonious. Dry with soft depth and density, and considerable palate presence. Lovely concentration with thirst-quenching soft textures. Subtle, but positive floral and passionfruit fruit along with stonefruits, enlivened by lacy acidity. Very good length. Approx. 50% given skin contact and 30% fermented in old oak.
Flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc with bright passion fruit, orange blossom, grapefruit and lemon grass flavours. The wine has an appealing ethereal texture and almost fizzy, fruity acidity that adds an extra shot of freshness.
At a year old, this stylish wine is deliciously concentrated with suggestions of melon, golden peach and crisp apple, hints of smokiness and mineral, and a well balanced, textural, crisp, lingering aftertaste. A food-friendly wine that will continue to develop for another year or two.
Elegant, complex and stylish, this partially barrel fermented (20%) sauvignon shows delicately fragrant aromas of white peach, ripe citrus, feijoa and dill. The palate is concentrated and focused showing excellent mid palate weight and fine texture, beautifully framed by bright acidity. It's long, linear and seamless. At its best: now to 2019.
Pure and pretty floral, passion fruit and stone fruit flavours with an ethereal texture. Dry, or perhaps dry-ish, Sauvignon Blanc with delicacy and charm. Geographically and stylishly in between Marlborough and Hawke's Bay.
Sauvignon Blanc 2011 opens with intense notes of ripe apple, passion fruit and cut grass with underlying hints of pea pods and capsicum. Nicely textured on the palate, with outstanding concentration and a backbone of refreshingly crisp acid, it finishes long and layered with good balance throughout. Drink it now to 2014.
A consistently attractive wine, with ripe tropical-fruit rather than grassy, herbaceous flavours. The outstanding 2011 vintage (5*) was hand-picked and mostly handled in tanks, but a small portion (about 10 per cent) of the blend was fermented and lees-aged in seasoned French oak barrels. The bouquet is aromatic and complex; the palate is weighty and lively, with cool-climate zestiness and concentrated melon/lime flavours, fresh, crisp, dry and long. It's a very distinctive and harmonious wine, full of personality.
A restrained, sophisticated and quite complex sauvignon blanc with a subtle influence of barrel fermentation that slightly dampens the fruit flavour but adds an extra dimension of taste and texture to the wine.
Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues at heart, paler on edge. The nose is soft, and restrained with ripe aromas of green stonefruits, gooseberries and tropical fruits, along with delicate yellow floral nuances. The aromatics build to show good depth and intensity. Dry to taste, the palate is gently rich and softly textured, with gooseberries and yellow stonefruits interwoven with tropical fruit flavours. The palate follows a rounded core revealing stonefruit kernel elements. This has an underlying firm line and background acid freshness that carries the wine to a dry, lingering finish with soft stonefruit and herb notes. This is a soft and restrained, gently-textured ripe Sauvignon Blanc. Serve as an aperitif, with antipasto and with Mediterranean fare over the next 2+ years. Fruit from 'Lismore', 'Waiora', 'Walnut Ridge', 'Hau Ariki Marae' and 'Southdown Estate', hand-picked, with 50% cold soaked and 20% indigenous yeast fermented in 3 y.o. oak, the remainder in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc.
From one of the pioneering estates of Martinborough. Pithy, ripe nose with a rounded, harmonious palate. Beautifully balanced. 18/20
Very pale greenish-yellow color. Piquant aromas of gooseberry, lemon, grapefruit rind and pepper, complicated by green tropical fruits and lemongrass. Dense, supple and ripe, with citrus and stone fruit flavors lifted by fresh herbs and pepper and a touch of barrel spice. Offers a nice balance of weight and dusty energy, and clings nicely on the aftertaste. 90/100
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Attractive ethereal wine with delicacy and charm. Quite concentrated passion fruit, melon and lemon grass flavours are supported by fruity acidity. The wine is lengthy and pleasantly dry.
Martinborough legends Ata Rangi simply don't release wines short of the mark. This outstandingly flavoursome savvy has a wealth of gooseberry and passionfruit, some subtle herbal threads and a neatly crafted palate that balances rich, ripe fruit with sizzling fresh acidity. Lovely pithy grapefruit finish that hangs on impressively. 93/100
The first thing to notice about this sauvignon blanc is that it's made from perfectly ripe grapes! Secondly, it is much more than just a fruit-driven dry white. The nose has the typical varietal grassy touch, but there are also aromas of tropical fruits and citrus. Lees- derived complexity adds to the attraction, and some barrel fermentation contributes texture to the intense palate. Highly recommended.
Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, this has a fine, bright and intense nose of mineral infused gooseberries, mint, white florals along with very subtle smoke and barrel-ferment notes. Dry and elegantly proportioned, restrained citrus, gooseberry and nectarine fruit flavours are complexed by delicate toasty barrel nuances. While fresh and lively, the mouthfeel has a gentle creaminess to the texture which leads to a sustained finish of lime fruit, nuts and spices. Fruit from 5 blocks, some given limited skin contact, cool-fermented in stainless-steel, with 20% in 3 y.o. oak to 13.5% alc., the BF portion aged on lees. This is an elegant and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with subtle barrel work adding delicate complexities and textures. Match with seafood, poultry and creamy cheeses over the next 2-3+ years. 18.0/20
Nose: Super Vibrant and classic with 'old-fashioned' grassy herbaceous suggestions and packed with gooseberry and peachy notes.Palate: Very reflective of what the nose suggests with high and luscious acidity, plenty of citrus flavours now emerge along with gooseberry and grassy sweetish-herb-notes. A very tasty wine with a long and classic finish.
Light yellow colour. Attractive nutty and confectionery bouquet, barrel fermented and not pungently varietal, but also buttery malo-like. A touch of sweetness, also some richness; very appealing flavour and balance. Deep and long, too.
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