WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon blanc

Fumé blanc is derived from a French synonym for sauvignon blanc and was introduced by Californian winemaker Robert Mondavi in the 1970s.

Fumé blanc is usually distinguished by oak treatment which can give a hint of smokiness (fumé means smoke).

Although the name, but not the style of wine, has been out of fashion for a couple of decades, Brancott Estate has introduced one recently.

BEST VALUE

Haha Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

$16

Three and a half stars (out of five)

Good value

Fresh, fragrant and mouth-filling with ripe green fruits, an underlying hint of mineral, a suggestion of nuttiness and a crisp, dry finish.

hahawine.com
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Brancott Special Reserve Fumé Blanc 2013

$20

Four stars

Good value

The smoky character of this wine comes from barrel fermentation, With hints of peas, spinach and herbs, background notes of passionfruit and melon, this is mouth-filling, and concentrated with an assertive  but well balanced acidity.

www.brancottestate.com
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Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

$18

Three stars

Average value

A simple, fresh wine hinting of peach, pear and gooseberry with a suggestion of capsicum and  a crisp finish. Not as intense as some sauvignon blancs but attractive nevertheless.

www.brancottestate.com
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Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

$22

Three and a half stars

Average value

Pungent with passionfruit and green fruits, this is an exuberant, fresh, fruity wine, hinting of  lime and mineral with a lively, crisp, dry finish.

www.mudhouse.co.nz
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Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

$22

Three and a half stars

Average value

A more restrained style for those who don't enjoy the exuberance of concentrated sauvignon,  this is attractive with hints of nettle and peach, possibly a little sweetness and a crisp finish.

www.waiparahillswines.co.nz

 

 

 

Rockburn Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2012

$28

Four stars

Average value

At two years old this is mouth-filling and harmonious, with hints of freshly mown grass, peas  and a light nutty smokiness from barrel fermentation. Nicely balanced and good drinking, especially with food.

www.rockburn.co.nz
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ANOTHER GLASS

Ti Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc  2013

$23

Three stars

Below average value

Hints of lime, mineral and green fruits, this is has a little sweetness and very crisp finish.

www.tipoint.co.nz


Brancott Estate B Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

$33.20

Four stars

Below average value

Oozing tropical and stone fruit with capsicum, grassy hints and an underlying minerality, this  is textural and intense with a long, lively finish. Delicious.

www.brancottestate.com


Although wine sent for review is tasted blind to eliminate preconceptions, all wine tasting  and evaluation is subjective. These are personal recommendations.
- charmian.smith@odt.co.nz


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