Sauvignon blanc released this time of year, while they are picking the next vintage, is always interesting and often more complex than younger wine. Sometimes it’s just the effect of a year’s age, but often it’s because of wine making practices such as barrel fermentation, or lees ageing. For those who find many ordinary sauvignon blancs boring, these wines are worth trying.
Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2012 $14.99
Three and a half stars
New Zealand’s signature varietal tends to be bold and big. We are interested in texture and mouth-feel, rather than enhanced aromatics. To achieve this, a small portion of the wine goes through natural and malolactic fermentation, cutting the sharp edge off the palate. The grapes are from the Loveblock vineyard, consisting of two distinctly different soil types (see Vineyards) and allowing a blend of flavours. We want to make a more constrained wine, the unique aspect of the vineyard allows for minerality and a broad spectrum of flavours.