Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Review: Stoneburn 2011 Sauvignon Blanc
This wine was very crystal clear, with a pale yellow, golden cast. The nose was very typical of an NZ Sauvignon Blanc, with tropical fruit and grass prominent. There was a zesty lemon note as well.
Upon first sip, there was an immediate bite on the tongue, with a bit of acid yet fruity notes. It was a bit spicy in the middle, with grassy notes and a little bit of minerality. It was quite zesty, with lemon notes and a long finish.
On the second day, the wine lost some of its spice and bite, but had a bit more mineral flavor. By the third day, it was very calm but still had great flavor.
Overall, I'd recommend this wine. It had great flavor with a bit of spice, but still very typical NZ Sauv Blanc notes.
Website: www.hunters.co.nz (Blenheim, New Zealand)
Importer: The Australian Wine Connection, Concord, CA
Bottle Notes: The vines planted in an old riverbed have their lower bunches of fruit ripened by the the reflected sun during the day, and grow in a warm microclimate at night as the stones discharged their heat. The soil is poor which makes the vines struggle for survival, a situation that is actually beneficial to winemaking since the vine produces fruit with incredibly intense flavor.
Posted by Juli Crompe