Thursday, 4 October 2012


Fairbourne Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2010
One of the very few NZ SBs that is crafted from hand harvested fruit - matured on fine lees for 7 months
N: On the first sniff the fruit signature is clear, but this then gives way quite quickly to a second layer of fineness including white flowers, minerality (a fine mealy wet stone and summer dried rock suggestion) a gentle elegance and then a familiar Marlborough - esque wet stone, cool climate signature.

P: Dry with spiced fruit flavors, plenty of citrus then a little fuzzy peach skin. After 3 minutes in glass the fruit intensifies a little to show more stone fruit characters and a tiny tropical note. The core of the fruit profile is citrus though. The finish is driven be texture as much as it is by acidity and fruit. On the finish I noticed a green tea with mandarin and lime flower and even a little cammomile. Waxing lyrical about a wine you like is good - right?
5 Stars
NB* Future vintages of this wine (the 2011 and 2012) have a 1-2 percent component of barrel aged juice in the blend. The wine described above specifically does not.

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