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2015 Hill Smith Estate Eden Valley Sauvignon Blanc

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    RRP $23.99 per bottle

    Our Price $19.99

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    $239.88 (12 x 750ml)

    cracka review

    This is one of Australia’s most awarded and lauded examples of Sauvignon Blanc you could in fact call it the trophy magnet. Since its first release in 1981 it’s won seven trophies,18 Gold medals and numerous other accolades. Part of the wine is matured in French oak to aid complexity but we are more in love with the aromatics of lavender, florals, spice, grass and passionfruit. It’s rich and full flavoured while retaining apple like acidity. Like taking a bite from an apple in the Garden of Eden.

    expert reviews

    James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
    The 33-year-old sauvignon blanc vines are some of the oldest in Australia. Wild yeast-fermented, the wine has good tactile character, but expression of varietal character is modest.
    To 2014
    Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
    89
    Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
    Unabashedly herbaceouis, but with a juicy core of fruit and a long, chlaky spine, this impactful young sauvignon blanc has a fresh, nettle-like bouquet of gooseberries, lychees and cassis backed by suggestions of white cheese mould and asparagus. It's luscious and cocentrated, with generous fruit and juicy, vegetal undertones that just lacks a little tightness and focus at the finish.
    2013-2014+
    The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
    89
    James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
    Light straw-green; a fresh, crisp and lively wine; citrus/herb/mineral characters drive the wine; needs more flesh for even higher points.
    To 2013
    Australian Wine Companion 2013
    90
    Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
    An austere, reserved sauvignon blanc with a grassy, lightly floral bouquet of melon, passionfruit and garden mint. Its smooth, juicy and lively palate becomes rather lean and focused towards the long, refreshing finish of tightly drilled acidity.
    2012-2013+
    The Australian Wine Annual 2013
    88
    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
    Pale straw-green; a fragrant and complex bouquet with hints of sage and citrus sets the scene for the ripe lemon and tropical fruits of the palate and a twist of herb on the finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
    91
    Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
    Lightly charry, floral aromas of gooseberries and honeydew melon backed by dusty, herbal and nettle-like scents are lifted by a hint of funkiness, acacia and sweet oak. It's elegant and juicy, with a round, sweetly fruited core of flavour underpinned by a fine, pulpy texture. It finishes with pleasing length, a hint of smokiness, refreshing acidity and a trace of brine.
    The Australian Wine Annual 2012
    92
    James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
    Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
    89
    Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
    An admirable effort at a more mineral and funky expression of sauvignon blanc, with a herbal, grassy presence of gooseberries, lychees and passionfruit backed by a marginal lees-derived rubbery and sweaty influence. It's rich, ripe and generous, with a juicy but slightly heavy-handed palate underpinned by suggestions of minerals and finished with citrusy acids.
    Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
    89
    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
    A lively and precise wine, with crystal clear fruit offering a mix of citrus and gentle tropical fruit; a clean finish to the quite long palate.
    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    90
    Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
    Attractively varietal, with a lightly grassy, smoky and asparagus-like aroma of delicate gooseberry, passionfruit and melon backed by suggestions of minerals and nettles. Lively and fresh, but fractionally hollow in mid-palate, it's a clean, herbaceous and refreshing expression of sauvignon blanc.
    Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
    87
    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
    Spotlessly clean; intense herb, capsicum and gooseberry aromas and flavours; vibrant and very long; very good finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
    94
    Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
    Punchy and slightly confectionary aromas of gooseberries, lychees and passionfruit are backed by varietal herbaceous undertones. Its juicy and slightly phenolic palate delivers a fine length of grassy, lychee- like flavour, finishing herbal and clean. Quite shapely, with pleasing texture and definition.
    Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
    90
    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
    Voluminous aromatic, gooseberry and grapefruit aromas flow through to a well-balanced and long palate. Clean finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
    93
    Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
    Herbaceous asparagus and nettle-like aromas reveal underlying scents of gooseberries, cassis and pas-sionfruit.Its lean, taut and green-edged high acid palate finishes quite austere, with baby powder and confectionary nuances
    Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
    89
    Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
    Offering more style and complexity than most Australian sauvignon blanc, this racy, almost steely wine has a smoky, herbal Loire-like aroma of gooseberries and lychees. Racy and austere, its initially smooth palate of gooseberry and passionfruit flavours has a herbal quality, finishing with lively acids and a note of capsicum.
    Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
    90
    James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
    Clean (no sweaty armpits), the middle palate laden with ripe tropical and gooseberry fruit, and — almost against the odds — doesn't cloy on the finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
    92
    James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
    Light to medium yellow-green; ripe, tropical guava and gooseberry aromas are reflected in the abundant tropical flavours of the palate, gaining focus on a crisp finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
    89
    James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
    Medium yellow-green; the bouquet is rich and ripe, with gooseberry and tropical fruit; the fleshy, rich, soft tropical gooseberry fruit on the palate provides excellent mouthfeel in a generous style.
    Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
    87

    winemaker's notes

    A very pale, straw gold in colour, with lifted aromas of wild flowers, lemongrass & citrus oil, and underlying hints of flint and green herbs. The palate is smooth, savoury and textural, derived from a combination of extended lees contact and wild yeast fermentation in oak. A fresh grapefruit pith acidity adds zest and freshness to the palate which finishes with a round, textural generosity from extended lees contact.

    Pair with a lightly seared tuna steak and niçoise style salad.

    Alc/vol: 13.0%

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