2014 Carrick Estate Sauvignon Blanc Bannockburn Central Otago (Previously $20)

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Young winemaker Francis Hutt is crushing it right now, making some of the region's most exciting and sophisticated wines. Classic NZ Savvy but with lots of lees derived texture and drive from the Central Otago's schist soils. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ wine buyer) Winemaker's Notes: "A very aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. The wine has strong fragrances of lychee, gooseberry and passion-fruit. Initially textural on entry, in the mouth the wine leads into a broad wide acidity with flavours of gooseberry flowing through onto the finish."

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By: Nicole Osmanski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2015 | Send Email
This rich Savvy from Central Otago showcases classic New Zealand flavors in a more restrained and elegant (but still weighty) package. Gooseberry, citrus, and fresh basil are enriched by earthy notes of pineapple and orange blossom honey. A good dose of acid and minerality lend freshness and depth. Carrick's organic Savvy comes from 25 year-old vines and is fermented with wild yeast and bottled unfined. This is one of my favorite Sauvignon Blancs in the store and Carrick is fast becoming one of my favorite wineries!

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2015 | Send Email
Central Otago is known internationally for the quality of its Pinot Noir...New Zealand is know intergalactically for is Sauvignon Blanc...Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc is known only to the informed few! Just a few producers grow Sauvignon Blanc in Central Otago in most part due to the high cost of farming and low yields...with Sauvignon Blanc it is tough to command high price points...but when it's done right, it can be pretty special stuff. I was so enthused about this wine that I bought every bottle that was imported into the USA. The wine has wonderful aromas of lychee, passionfruit and citrus peel. Fresh vibrant acidity, lovely rich texture on the palate, flinty, mineral notes, very multi-dimensional and complex. Really top notch Sauv Blanc. Certified BioGro Organic.
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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.