Sauvignon with a difference
Mahana 2014 Clays & Gravels Sauvignon Blanc, Nelson, $25
Fermented on the skins and matured for a year in oak and acacia barrels. A very unusual Sauvignon, with masses of flavour that’s a mix of subtle fruit (grapefruit and apricot?) and nutty savoury characters. A wine that’s more about texture than taste – it’s mouth-filling, with peppery tannins. An adventurous and complex wine for savouring rather than quaffing. Hard to rate. Should age well. (Screwcap)
Score: 93 ★★★★½ – view on bobcampbell.nz
Food match: Scallops with chard.
Stockists: Mahana Wines, Nelson.
Ranked #3 of 17 2014 Sauvignon Blanc tasted from Nelson
Price Benchmark: $26.31 Avg 93pt 2014 Sauvignon Blanc tasted from New Zealand