2015 Sauvignon Blanc SV 5182
This is our inaugural release of a Sauvignon Blanc under our SV5182 designation. We feel that this barrel fermented SV Sauvignon Blanc showcases the best expression of our site here at Te Whare Ra and the stellar quality of the 2015 vintage in Marlborough. This wine is the culmination of a 5 year project we have been pursuing with Sauvignon Blanc from our home block. This wine is all about fruit purity and texture which is achieved with low crops, meticulous canopy management and lots of attention to detail with fruit selection.
The focus was making a wine which has great texture and fleshiness and which is characterised by lots of layers and complexity with notes of ripe tropical notes with stonefruit and citrus with a lovely line of ripe minerality.
Our 2015 release shows distinctive Awatere characters of elderflower, guava, white currant, lemongrass and passionfruit coupled with lovely ripe tropicals and hints of basil and lime from the Wairau components. These follow through to the palate – which is fine and soft with vibrant fleshy fruit and great texture balanced by a ripe, juicy acidity and lingering minerality.
Nick Stock – 94 points
A benchmark for barrel-fermented Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This gathers subtle aromatic and palate complexity and takes nothing away from the strong, pure lime and green passion fruit that underpins the wine. Striking purity.