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2015 Killerby Sauvignon Blanc

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This premium Savvy from Killerby has a cheeky 4% of semillon in the mix to produce a wine that shows lots of tropicals and grassiness on the nose, but the palate is where the action really is.

Winemaker's Notes

This is a food lover’s wine. The style is textural and flavoursome and designed by the winemakers to be enjoyed with food.

Appearance: Pale green.

Nose: Lifted balance of fresh tropical fruits, passionfruit and kiwi fruit, intermingled with delicate herbal notes.

Palate: Margaret River varietal purity, passionfruit and paw paw and a modest dash of grassy flavours, zesty lemon and a cleansing finish.

Food: Grilled calamari salad.

Cellaring: 3 years.

Alcohol: 13%

expert reviews about

2015 Killerby Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
Fermented and matured for 3 months in new and used French oak. Barrel ferment characters are certainly evident, but the fruit is not overwhelmed; its aromas and flavours have an admirably balanced mix of grass/citrus on the one hand, tropical/ passionfruit on the other. A year or two in bottle will do no harm.
Wine Companion
94
Wine Advocate (2013 Vintage) says
The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc displays pronounced notes of pink grapefruit, passion fruit and green mango with a gentle herbal undercurrent on the nose. The light-bodied palate is lively with tropical fruits and fresh herb flavors and plenty of zing in the long finish. Drink it now to 2017. 
Lisa Perrotti-Brown.
Wine Advocate, August 2014
90
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Fermented in a mix of new and used French oak that has inevitably left its footprint on the flavour, texture and structure of the full-flavoured palate, tropical fruits lurking in the depths of the oak forest.
James Halliday 2015 Wine Companion
91
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; barrel-fermented in mainly used French oak, some new, and spent 2 months in that oak; has a mix of tropical, herbal and minerally notes, the oak also making its presence felt.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Juicy and assertive, with a bright, punchy bouquet of cassis, gooseberries, lychees and passionfruit backed by just a hint of funkiness. Its intense, mouthfilling presence of pristine varietal flavour is underpinned by a fine dusty spine, finishing with genuine length, fresshness and lingering nuances of a slightly wild complexity. A hint of semillon would have extended the wine even further.
2013-2014+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
92
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A rich, ripe and generous sauvignon blanc with a nutty, lightly grassy aroma of passionfruit and melon. Long and smooth, its broad palate of tropical flavour finishes with some focus and freshness, but perhaps lacks a little bite and shape.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Here, the partial barrel fermentation and three months' maturation in new French oak is more obvious than in the Semillon, but is not in any way distracting as it adds complexity to a naturally high fruit-flavoured 'wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A bright and lively palate in a citrus/capsicum/kiwi fruit spectrum; partial barrel ferment new French oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Nutty, lightly grassy aromas of lychees, lemon blossom and restrained lightly toasty vanilla oak precede a smooth, luscious palate. Its juicy fruit and herbaceous undertones are backed by slightly varnishy oak, but its reasonably elegant palate finishes with length and complexity but just a hint of spikiness.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
89
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
A far more interesting and sophisticated sav Blanc than the normal juicy little thing. This has been partially barrel fermented, which has added both texture and a delightful aromatic lift on the nose. It's fine and almost steely but the structure and finesse are there to support some medium-term cellaring. Very nice wine
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
90
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Rather herbaceous, this complex, distinctive and oak-matured sauvignon blanc has a dusty, herbal bouquet of freshly cut grass, capsicum, gooseberries and honeydew melon backed by very lightly toasty French oak. Long and smooth, with a lively expression of grassy melon/gooseberry fruit backed by restrained vanilla oak, it finishes tight and focused, with pleasing length of gooseberries, a hint of cassis, but slightly green-edged acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean; fresh, crisp mineral characters set against a more textured barrel ferment component; works very well here, with good mouthfeel and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A savoury, nutty and slightly Old World-style sauvignon blanc whose herbal and lightly grassy aromas reveal a tang of seaweed and shellfish. Assertive toasty oak with vanilla undertones tends to dominate the palate's delicate cassis and gooseberry fruit, but it should flesh out further.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
88
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
There's a nutty whiff of lightly smoky vanilla oak beneath some fresh, grassy aromas of gooseberries and passionfruit. Relatively lean and acidic, it's a stylish, taut and trim wine, with some slightly aggressive oak peeking through its nutty, herbal sauvignon flavours of gooseberries and lychees. Long and zesty, with pleasing shape and balance, it should flesh out in the bottle.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
92

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