Sauvignon Semillon 2015
Waipara Valley, New Zealand
This nectar is a traditional white Bordeaux blend using approximately 70% Sauvignon Blanc & 30% Semillon. The Sauvignon was picked in stages during April, the Semillon was harvested in May. These varieties were fermented separately, the Sauvignon in stainless steel to retain the pure fruit character, and the Semillon in oak barrels to add texture. 20% of the overall wine was fermented and matured in new French barrels to give extra length and complexity. Both varieties were aged on their natural deposits of yeast lees (sue lie) for approximately 10 months, and then blended prior to bottling. The vineyard is located within the Waipara Valley of North Canterbury, on free draining, north facing terraces carved out of New Zealand’s Southern Alps by an ice-age glacier. The vines are over 30 years old, with a large proportion planted on their own roots. Cheers!
The wine has a gold color with green shades. The intensity is pale.
The aroma intensity is medium plus. The aromatic bouquet is mostly characterized by refreshing hints of citrus, especially lemon and grapefruit, gooseberry, lychee, stone fruits and green apple. Balsamic perfumes of Kaffir leaves and lemon thyme add further complexity, while sharp notes of wet stone and lemon zest boost the minerality.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with high level of acidity. The alcohol is high (i.e. 15 %), but it doesn’t burn at all. At the first sip, our tasting buds are flooded by an impetuous wave of minerality and citrus, followed by hints of cucumber and grass. The intensity is pronounced and the lasting is medium long.
A nice example of traditional white Bordeaux blend from the New World. The bursting minerality and the grapefruit flavor dominate the aromatic bouquet. Despite the 15% alcohol and high acidity, it is quite easy and pleasant to drink, making it a valid option for an aperitif and a unbeatable ally to dematerialize a sumptuous plateau de fruits de mer.
Final vote: 91
Price: £22.99 at Whole Foods