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2016 Twin Islands Sauvignon Blanc

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The Twin Islands wines are made by renowned Marlborough producer Nautilus Estate, who not only make excellent wines but really do embrace the nautilus shells all around the winery - there are shells everywhere you look. This Sauv is a pretty classic wine too - all crisp, snappy fruit and loads of acidity.

Winemaker's Notes

First released in 1992, Twin Islands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc offers excellent full flavoured wine at great value. Fruit is sourced from specifically chosen vineyards in the heartland of Marlborough. These sites enjoy excellent ripening conditions for flavour development in Sauvignon Blanc.

Twin Islands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is pale straw in colour. Its lively fragrance combines passionfruit, citrus characters and fresh herbs. The palate is crisp and intense showing citrus flavours with hints of fresh coriander which lead to a mouth-watering and zesty finish.

Prior to Christmas all the talk was about drought. Certainly the river was low. But of course Mother Nature intervened and a couple of timely rains in January during the critical cell division phase when the berries size up meant that a crop that was looking average at best ended up above average in size. Our response was to do a significant amount of thinning in our Sauvignon Blanc vineyards to get the vines back into balance. Started the Sauvignon harvest on the 26th of March, then another short rain on the 1st of April caused a further delay but after that, the weather was remarkably settled and we picked our last fruit on the 18th of April. A key feature this year is lower acidity (by normal Marlborough standards) and bright fruit flavours and there is a nice mineral texture across all the wines. The Sauvignons are balanced and attractive and because we were able to pick at lower sugars this year the alcohols are about 0.5% lower than normal.

Alc/vol: 12.5%

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2016 Twin Islands Sauvignon Blanc

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Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
Straightforward, bright lime and passionfruit citrus on the nose; this ticks all the boxes neatly. The palate delivers a sweet ball of tropical fruit, melon and passionfruit here, soft and simple.
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Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
A slightly muffled nose here - this wants for clarity and freshness. Basic tropical fruits, some herbs and plenty of grassy vegetal notes. The palate's tart and lean, with light tropicals only; this is well off the pace.
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Michael Cooper (2011 Vintage) says
Negociants' wine offers easy drinking and is priced right. The 2010 vintage has fresh, ripe melon and lime flavours, showing good depth, delicacy and liveliness, and a smooth finish. The 2011 is crisp and lively, with melon, capsicum and lime flavours, not concentrated, but showing good purity and freshness.
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WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Pungent and gooseberry-like on the nose, with a punchy, rich fruit palate that has acidity well matched by leafy gooseberry sweetness.
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
Negociants' wine is finely balanced for easy drinking. The very enjoyable 2006 vintage is smooth, with some richness of lively, ripe, gooseberry and melon flavours in an easy-drinking style.
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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
Negociants' wine is finely balanced for easy drinking and priced right. The 2004 vintage is a freshly herbaceous wine with melon, apple and capsicum flavours, crisp and lively.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Negociants' wine is finely balanced for easy drinking and priced right. The 2002 vintage is fresh and vibrant, with good depth of gooseberry and lime flavours and a smooth finish.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
Negotiants' easy-drinking wine typically offers good value. Freshly scented, full-bodied and flavoursome, the 1999 vintage is a ripely herbaceous wine with melon/lime characters and a crisp, off-dry, finely balanced finish.
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