2015 Fromm "La Strada" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Ripe and concentrated Sauvignon Blanc, with appealing purity and a thread of welcome chalky mineral character adding extra complexity to gooseberry, capsicum and lime zest flavours. Attractive wine that gives a nod in the direction of Sancerre.
This is elegant and restrained, yet not short on fruit concentration and attractive flavours. The bouquet shows elegant aromas of white nectarine, lemon peel, dill and flint, leading to a beautifully weighted and richly fruited palate that is bright and vibrant. The wine shows fine texture and rounded mouthfeel, brilliantly structured by juicy acidity. This would be wonderful with fresh seafood dishes. At its best: now to 2019.
Bright, even straw-yellow colour with light green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and well-concentrated with aromas of ripe green stonefruits, gooseberries and capsicums melded with soft, piquant herbs and attractively lifted floral elements. Gentle layers of pungent passionfruit, tropical fruits and lantana add detail and interest. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the fruit is initially reticent and elegant in expression, with flavours of green stonefruits, gooseberries, capsicums and herbs, along with a floral lift building to form a good core with a fine-textured phenolic line. The textures are balanced by fresh, lacy acidity and the bright and lively palate leads to a moderately long, mouth-wateringly dry finish of gooseberries, tropical fruits and lantana. This is a stylishly restrained, finely concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with flavours of gooseberries, lifted piquant herbs and white florals on a fine, lacy, dry-textured palate. Serve as an aperitif, with seafood and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2+ years. Fruit from the ‘Heritage’ vineyard, Wairau, fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc, the wine aged on lees. Certified BioGro organic.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc has an appealingly savory yeasty, struck flint and mineral laced nose over an apple and lemon core plus a waft of fresh hay. Medium-bodied with a beautiful silkiness to the texture, plenty of yeasty goodness and citrus zing, it finishes with excellent persistence. This should develop nicely over the next 4-6+ years. (LPB)
Very pale yellow. Musky aromas of lime, white pepper, flint and gingery oak. Shows riper yellow fruits on the palate but comes across as quite dry owing to its inner-mouth flinty mineral lift. Dusty, tactile and uncompromising on the finish, with a lingering note of ripe yellow grapefruit. I like this style. (ST)
Toasted herb and dried flower notes add a note of complexity to the crisp citrus and pear flavors. Shows good length on the finish. (Web Only—2016)
A lovely, complex expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Classic fruit flavors but with an intriguing flinty, mineral note that really makes it stand out from a crowd. Top notch stuff at direct import pricing. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer) Winemaker's notes: "Generous ripe fruit with flinty minerality. Subtle complexity and texture, great purity, harmonious crisp finish. A structural Sauvignon Blanc with precision and purity. We strive for a ripe, dry expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that provides all the vibrancy one expects from the region, yet subtlety reigns here. The 2015 vintage gave us natural fruit density that meant no residual sweetness was necessary. Showing bright star fruit and Meyer lemon characters initially, it soon reveals an intriguing spice element (star anise). There is a defining flintstone minerality that pulls everything together into a precise linear package."