2015 Carrick Sauvignon Blanc Bannockburn Central Otago (Biodynamic) (Previously $20) SKU #1297960

Price: $14.99

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K&L Notes

This wine is a direct import to K&L, meaning we purchased the wine directly from Carrick in New Zealand and brought it into the States without paying the middlemen who generally take a cut of the profits. That’s why the price is so good. Winemaker's notes: "Shows classic notes of gooseberries and capsicums with a hint of passionfruit and pineapple. Full bodied and showing some complexity from the wild yeast ferment. Carrick's vineyard is situated on windblown loess soils the vineyards have low natural fertility encouraging the vines to grow their roots into the deep fractured schist layers resulting in wines of character and structure. Mindful of the special nature of the soils, Carrick is farmed using only organic practices. In order to produce exceptional wines; pruning, shoot positioning, shoot and fruit thinning, leaf plucking and picking are carried out by hand. There is extensive use of cover crops to encourage natural biodiversity and useful insects and we are rewarded by the numbers of beneficial birds that live in the vineyards. The 'must' from the winery along with other organic material is composted and fed back to the vineyards. "

Staff Reviews

  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    I'm always amazed when I taste the Carrick wines that they can be priced so incredibly low given their undeniably phenomenal quality. Everything that would make this an expensive wine - organic farming, hand picking, barrel fermenting are applied here and yet the price does not reflect these insane labors. Francis Hutt is without doubt one of the best winemakers in New Zealand and his farming and cellar skills are evident in this wine. Carrick is an underrated label and I wish I could put it in as many hands as possible. This wine is layered and complex, mineral driven, bright, juicy, and insanely delicious. One of the best white values in the store by far.
    Top Value!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    A rare and unusual beast - Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc. In a region known for its premium Pinot Noir very few people plant precious acres to Sauv Blanc that grows so abundantly and successfully elsewhere. Yields, farming and and extreme climate in this mountainous region make it hard to justify planting a grape that rarely commands even half the price of its much revered competitor Pinot Noir. Therefore when I see people working with the grape in this region it generally peaks my interest. This is a beautifully flinty, mineral driven style. Grapefruit, jasmine, feijoa fruit mingle with struck match and savory lees qualities. Organically grown estate fruit, wild fermented in neutral French oak for texture and complexity.
    Top Value!


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