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3 Brooms Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Australia/New Zealand, New Zealand, Marlborough

Vintage: 2010


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Winery: Barker's Marque Vineyards
Type of Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Style: White
Price: $15

Description: Our single vineyard wine is genuinely aromatic; fresh, with subtler fruit, minerality, delicacy and elegance. These “lighter” characteristics do not at all detract from the intensity, depth and power of the wine. Zesty limes and juicy gooseberries are balanced by intense ripe passion fruit flavors. TASTING NOTES: This wine (or most of it) was the first fruit off our Muritai Vineyard with 72% from our youngest plants. The twist this year is that our Bordeaux clones shone and barged their way into our flagship wine for the first time, bringing complexity and that classic contradiction that makes Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc what it is – “Ripe green flavours”. The sugar levels were a jot higher than perfect due to surprising increases during the two days between deciding to pick and taking the fruit off, but the resulting increased concentration of flavour brings intensity back to the 2008 level. THE VINEYARDS: Blending two wines once again delivered intensity, complexity and fruit concentration. Minimal Intervention winemaking meant long fermentations - the young RG took seven weeks to ferment and the Bordeaux clones six, at temperatures as low as 10°C using VL3 yeast for breadth and varietal definition. Slow fermentation meant minimal 3 month lees contact. Residual sugar / acidity / alcohol balance is in line with the 2008 wine, which I consider our best to date. Rich enough to match with white meats, tuna or swordfish but equally at home with white fish and seafood.


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