2013 Misha's Vineyard "Starlet" Sauvignon Blanc Central Otago (Elsewhere $20+) SKU #1274014


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Anyone making Sauvignon Blanc in Central Otago deserves an audience. The decision to grow Sauvignon Blanc in Central Otago's harsh, low yielding climate over other grapes like Pinot Noir or Chardonnay (that fetch much higher prices) isn't taken lightly; these proprietors and winemakers must be truly dedicated to producing something special. I think this wine justifies that decison. It has wonderful concentration, power and minerality. It highlights the regions dramatic diurnal swings in temperature (hot days - cold nights) with its juxtaposed ripe citrus even tropical notes and dry, crisp, mineral and wet stone savoriness. Really intersting wine with layers of intrigue. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer) Winemaker's Notes: "A unique expression of this variety showing both ripe tropical fruit notes along with more intense dark aromas of fennel, pink grapefruit and crushed passion fruit seeds. The palate opens with a bright sweet citrus acidity, is fine and tight with great fruit density finishing with touches of boxwood spice. The fruit was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. The free run and early press portion was settled, racked, then cool fermented in stainless steel. The small remaining juice portion was handled more oxidatively where it is taken to neutral French oak barrels and allowed to go through spontaneous wild yeats ferment. This process whilst tending to take longer to finish gives a more complex ferment character in the wine."


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