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2012 Redgate Sauvignon Blanc Reserve

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Lightly-oaked savvy blancs are all the rage these days, and this one hails from the Margaret River. Aromas of citrus, gooseberries and subtle tropicals float out of the glass, along with a sniff of custard. The palate is light, crunchy and rounded, with crispy citrus flavours, a creamy mouthfeel, and a frisky, zesty finish that lingers. If you are in the mood for something other than a passionfruit bomb, this is your wine.

Winemaker's Notes

Fruit from low-yielding vines provides the backbone to this complex Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh, bright citrus, gooseberry, passionfruit pith and zesty lemon blossom lead from bouquet to a palate underpinned by 30% barrel fermentation and oak maturation. Citric and mineral, with crisp, crunchy acid, the wine is an ideal seafood accompaniment.

Appearance: Pale straw with green hues.

Nose: Fresh bright citrus, gooseberry, passionfruit pith and zesty lemon blossom.

Palate: Reflects the bouquet underpinned by 30% barrel fermentation and oak maturation. Citric and mineral with crisp, crunchy acid, the wine is an ideal seafood accompaniment.

Alcohol: 13%

Sauvignon Blanc from the Redgate property is picked on the aroma, flavour and technical analysis. The fruit displaying the most intense and vibrant nectarine, citrus and lemon characteristic is identified out in the vineyard. The resultant juice is then revisited in the winery to ensure the juice with the best character is selected for the Reserve.

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2012 Redgate Sauvignon Blanc Reserve

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Finely presented, with tropical, lightly grassy aromas of passionfruit and delicate, lightly toasty vanilla oak and a plump, juicy palate of medium to full body. It's fresh and vibrant, with a creamy, nutty palate whose tangy flavours of gooseberries and passionfruit are knit with restrained vanilla oak and extend long towards a stylish, zesty finish of lemony acids.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
93
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Contemporary, lightly funky sauvignon blanc whose bouquet of nettles, gooseberries and faintly smoky vanilla oak reveals a hint of mineral and citrus. A long, chalky palate of gooseberry/melon fruit is tightly knit with spicy clove-like oak and drills down towards a focused, briny finish. Carefully balanced, with oak playing second violin.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
93
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
These guys have been doing this oak matured thing with savvies for a while and with great success. I love this refined wine which shows that with the right touch you can do some pretty neat things with this variety. Textured and with good lingering intensity. It's got some cellaring potential too.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
92
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
2012-2015+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
93
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Love this wine. It's an attempt Ð and a very good one Ð to get a little more from this variety with some oak treatment. Retains the gooseberry zestiness but adds some richer nutty creaminess that's finished perfectly with a keen citrus tang.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide
93
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
2011-2014+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
91
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Grassy, slightly sweaty aromas of passionfruit and gooseberries with undertones of nettles, asparagus and tropical fruits precede a lightly oak but round and rather luscious palate. It's long and silky, with lightly smoky vanilla oak providing a complex and savoury aspect, finishing with a hint of meatiness and a tangy, briney note.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
94
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Brings a level of interest and complex sophistication to the table with the addition of oak maturation. Retains some nice herbaceousness but the vanilla bean oak adds a lot. It's controlled and silky in the mouth with power and elegance lovely wine.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Water white, bottled Dec '07; remarkably light and crisp for the vintage, in the end too much so, needing more varietal fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
87
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Stylish and contemporary, with a floral, nutty and spicy bouquet of mineral and vanilla undertones that reveals a light herbaceousness and rather restrained tropical and gooseberry fruit. Long and smooth, it's opulent and concentrated but remains tightly focused, presenting a finely controlled expression of vibrant fruit and lightly smoky vanilla oak, finishing long and fresh, nutty and savoury. It's punctuated by citrusy acids and a suggestion of brine.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
95
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A lifted and herbal bouquet of gooseberries, passionfruit and grassy undertones is carefully knit with lightly smoky vanilla oak. Supple and juicy, its long and elegant palate of vibrant, tangy fruit and neatly balanced toasty oak culminates in a racy finish of bright, refreshing acids. Manages to retain plenty of fruit freshness in an oaked style.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Clean, fresh and lively; very gentle and well-integrated barrel ferment oak; fluid mouthfeel; slippery acidity and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Punchy aromas of gooseberry and passionfruit like fruit and charry vanilla oak with dusty under-tones of capsicum and cut grass. Generous and quite broad, it finishes slightly sweet with a lingering core of vibrant varietal fruit, smoky oak and clean acids. Just lacks the cut and polish, for a higher score.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
89
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A toasty sauvignon blanc with an oaky vanilla aroma of green bean and capsicum, gooseberries and lychees before a fleshy, slick and oily palate. Broad and herbal, its restrained palate of cassis, lychees and toasty vanilla oak finishes clean and dry.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
78
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; the very complex bouquet is driven by strong, spicy clove oak; the palate provides more of the same, which is great for oak lovers. It seems to me the oak is far more obvious than it was in the 2001 vintage wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
87
Ray Jordan (2002 Vintage) says
A smoky style of sauvignon blanc with some barrel influence evident on the nose. It works nicely with the fruit. The palate offers a delicious richness with a long-flavour profile. The creamy texture is just starting to emerge. Has a complexity that lifts it from the run of the mill
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
89
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; a complex mix of gooseberry-accented fruit and spicy nutmeg oak on the bouquet is repeated on the palate; the clever use of oak doesn't swamped the fruit, and the wine has a lively, fresh, dry finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
91

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