2015 Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough
Weighty, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc, with a mix of gooseberry and red capsicum together with riper nectarine, tree fruit flavours plus a seasoning of nutty yeast lees character. Textural, satisfying wine in quite a complex style.
A little skin contact here, smells of ripe pear fruits as well as some bright tropical lemon citrus, melon and other tropical fruits, the palate is big on pineapple and passion fruit flavor, peachy through the finish.
Very pale and clear colour. This has soft, gentle ethereal aromatics, showing a subtle amalgam of gooseberries, fresh herbs and white florals, fresh and balanced, quite harmonious. Dry with soft depth and density, and considerable palate presence. Lovely concentration with thirst-quenching soft textures. Subtle, but positive floral and passionfruit fruit along with stonefruits, enlivened by lacy acidity. Very good length. Approx. 50% given skin contact and 30% fermented in old oak.
% skin-fermented for two months in barrel to try to capture the flavour and phenolics of the grape. 30% fermented in old big casks. Quite Loirey on the nose. Mealy. And so this is bone dry with a real chewy end. Very distinctive. (JR)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Displaying youthful gooseberry, green apple and lime leaves notes with a hint of sage, the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is light-bodied, crisp and refreshing with understated herbal flavors and a minerally finish. (LPB)
Winemaker's Notes: "Naturally low yields, older vines, small canopies and judicious, labour-intensive hand picking of the entire crop are all factors in producing this uniquely Martinborough style of Sauvignon Blanc. A small portion of de-stemmed, whole berries were loaded into a super-sized oak barrel where the juice fermented in contact with the berry skins, magically filling the entire barrel hall with intense, enticing aromatics. Adding further complexity and savoury notes, around 30% was fermented in neutral oak barrels. The on-skins component has highlighted beautiful citrus florals, with a hint of fresh fennel and lime zest, and has lent the wine an impressive textural quality with mouth-watering drive and a tight, flinty, satisfyingly long finish."