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Scotchmans Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Bellarine Peninsula, AUD $25

As the market is flooded with fruity, current vintage styles, I think that many people have forgotten that sauvignon blanc can also be made into restrained, gently-textured wines that have elegance and integrity.

Here is one such wine. Sourced from mature vineyards on the Bellarine Peninsula, the juice undergoes a cool fermentation followed by four months lees contact. 20% of the blend is fermented with indigenous yeasts in older French oak. The wine then spends time in bottle before release.

The result is a balanced, discreet and harmonious style of sauvignon blanc, with gentle pea pod and tropical nuances. The palate has an appealing breadth and is gently-textured, with bright, integrated acidity. (Screwcap)

Score: 92 ★★★★

Alcohol: 13%

Ageing: drinking well now

Food: Orecchiette with broccoli

Stockists: Order direct from Scotchmans Hill Winery

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