2015 Greenhough "Hope Vineyard" Sauvignon Blanc Nelson (Elsewhere $25)
Fresh, tangy Sauvignon with an appealing mix of bright stone fruit, nectarine, mineral and lemongrass flavours, plus a subtle nutty character from barrel fermentation. The wine has an appealing texture while retaining energy and vibrancy. Very appealing.
This is awesome. From their home vineyard (Hope), the grapes were whole bunch pressed and fermented in French oak barrels. The bouquet shows complex aromas of stone fruit, lemon peel, flint and almond, which lead to a concentrated and powerful palate that is rounded and richly textured. The wine is superbly structured by perfectly pitched acidity, finishing persistent and engaging. At its best: now to 2020. $28.00. Certified organic.
Fruit from the ‘Hope Vineyard’ 70% WBP and 30% given 30 hours skin contact, the wine barrel-fermented in 20% new oak with indigenous yeast to 14.0% alc. Brilliant straw-yellow colour, lighter edged. The nose is rich with deep and complex aromas of spicy greengages, nectarines and gooseberries entwined with nuances of nuts and smoke. This is restrained and stylish in expression. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is tightly concentrated with a core of green stonefruits, spicy gooseberries and nutty oak detail. The palate has good tension and drive with balanced acid freshness and a fine-textured, firm line. The fruit carries to a long, lingering finish of green stonefruits, herbs and smoke. This is stylishly concentrated oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with complexing detail and fine-textured linearity. Match with herb-marinated poultry and pork dishes over the next 3+ years. Certified BioGro organic.
(barrel-fermented): Bright yellow-green. Rather subdued but pure aromas of lemon and menthol, plus an intriguing suggestion of sea-spray minerality. The lemon, lime and stone fruit flavors convey a light touch and lovely lift; a subtle suggestion of oak adds interest without impinging on the wine's fruit. Finishes dry, firm and refreshing, with a dusty impression of extract. An excellent Nelson Sauvignon Blanc. (ST)
In Feb 2016 I spent a week in Marlborough at the International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration. During that time I tasted literally hundreds of Sauv Blancs from NZ and around the world. Andrew Greenough's 2015 "Hope Vineyard" Sauv Blanc was a serious highlight of the trip. Hailing from the region of Nelson (Marlborough's lesser know neighbor) the Hope Vineyard bottling comes from an old block of vines, farmed organically with love and attention. This 2015 bottling is a combination of whole bunch pressing and 30% extended skin contact (30 hours). The skin contact gives the wine a certain je ne sais quoi to the wine boosting its character and texture. The wine is then wild yeast fermented in 20% new French oak barrels again adding weight and complexity. This is very serious, complex Sauv Blanc combining some of New Zealand's classic flavors of ripe citrus, gooseberry and tomato leaf with richer textures, smoky lees quality and subtle, nutty oak nuances. Really good stuff! (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)