2014 Barn Block (Black Barn Vineyards) Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay

SKU #1198299

Praise for the producer from Raymond Chan: "Black Barn is a true boutique wine producer with only just over 10 ha of vineyard around and nearby the village of Havelock North in Hawke’s Bay. The production is limited and the wines carefully made by the very experienced Dave McKee since 2002. Although the Bordeaux-varietal wines are seen as the flagships, all of the wines merit recognition, and demonstrate Dave’s thoughtful approach, keen palate, and skill with a wide range of varieties and styles including sparkling, aromatic whites, Chardonnay, and the more elegant reds of Pinot Noir and Syrah." (08/2014)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2015 | Send Email
A fresh, lifted, floral Sauv Blanc with beautiful acidity and long mineral infused finish. Lime Blossom, zesty citrus peel and crushed stone combine to create a lovely refreshing, crisp white that is a great summer sipper. This exhibits the same purity and poise that all the Black Barn wines posses and I am very happy to have them in our Direct Import portfolio.
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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.