2012 Giesen "The August 1888" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
A grassy, slightly feral style of Sauvignon Blanc, this is tight and linear despite the ample alcohol listing. Flinty notes on the nose strike a French pose, while the fruit on the palate is grapefruit and cut grass. Finishes long and mouth-watering. (JC)
Smelling more of dried hay and fennel than of grassy freshness and incorporating a touch of toast in its not-at-all fruity aromas, this ripe and relatively weighty working follows with moderately rich, oak and herb flavors that have taken on an element of aged complexity. Its glyceriny beginnings are countered by a rush of firming acidity with a spot of heat emerging at the finish, and, if it arguably wanders a bit wide of the classic mark, it is far from being a simple wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 The August 1888 Sauvignon Blanc has notes of sautéed herbs, hay and lemon curd with nuances of baking bread, almonds and elderflower. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with dried herb and preserved citrus fruit flavors that have a silky texture, lively acid and a long finish. (LPB)
Juicy and tangy, with lemon curd, mandarin orange and succulent papaya flavors at the core. Smooth and juicy, showing hints of lemon verbena on the finish. Drink now. (MW, Web-2014)