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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

2010 Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Brancott Estate has been making Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough since 1979. They certainly are amongst the pioneers in New Zealand and have been a huge part of why Sauvignon Blanc from this part of the globe has come to the world stage. (the soil and micro-climate too!)

The 2010 Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc is very much made in the classic New Zealand style and features brimming acidity and some really amazing aromatics.

On the nose I get aromas of sour grapefruit, gooseberry, citrus peel, wet stone - mineral, lemon oil, and peach pit. Some of the words I wrote in my notepad were "Fresh, Vibrant, Alive"!

On the palate the wine has a nice rounded texture and displays flavors of white peach, lemon-lime, and gooseberry. The reason I mention the white peach first is because I really strongly believe that stone fruits take center stage on the palate and that the citrus is a secondary note. The wine finishes tart and citrus-y, but the attack and mid-palate are round and luscious.

What I really enjoy about this wine is that the citrus and acid isn't completely overblown like other New Zealand S.B's that I've experienced in the past. I find the wine to be balanced and very appealing. It's really crying out for a plate of oysters rockefeller to be completely honest! 90 points

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