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2016 The Black Chook Sauvignon Blanc

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The Black Chook is a South Australian label made by the collective brains of the Galvanized Group, a band of like-minded wine heads with the shared enthusiasm to produce great everyday drinking wines. The winemaking duties are taken care of by Ben Riggs, a man with his fingers in many winemaking pies. This fresh tasting Savvy from the Adelaide Hills is chock full of grassy, citrus and passionfruit flavours before clean, crisp acids fill out the finish.

Winemaker's Notes

The Brand: Utilising premium fruit from eminent wine regions in South Australia, The Black Chook struts affordable wines to be enjoyed and adored, shared and celebrated! Careful vineyard selection teamed with exceptional winemaking and an emphasis on consistent varietal expression hatches wines with approachability generosity and character that really are something to cluck about.

The Region: The fruit for this Sauvignon Blanc is from South Australia’s premium cool climate grape growing region, the Adelaide Hills. The unequivocally cool climate and very old podzolic soils over a quartz base of low to moderate fertility make for ideal growing conditions, giving the Adelaide Hills an enviable and growing reputation for magnificent white grapes. Due to the ideal growing season in January and February, the 2016 vintage has delivered exceptional quality and flavour.

Winemaking: Sauvignon Blanc parcels were harvested when grapes displayed perfect balance between sugar, acid and tropical fruit flavours. Fruit was de-stemmed then crushed and sent straight to press. Juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to help encourage varietal expression and flavour. Post fermentation, wine parcels were blended to achieve the desired wine style with a lifted bouquet and fine fruit profile.

The Wine: An intense nose of tropical fruits and sweet melon with citrus tones. The palate shows fresh grapefruit with a gentle hint of passionfruit on the finish. Generous flavour and fruit length combine to present a beautifully balanced wine.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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2016 The Black Chook Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
To 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To Now
Australian Wine Companion 2013
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Light and delicate wine with plenty of clean tropical fruit that exhibits a citrusy edge and some herbal notes.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Pale quartz; a highly fragrant bouquet of grass, snow pea and asparagus is replayed on the palate, with a touch of ripe citrus thrown in for good measure.
Australian Wine Companion 2012

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