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Alta Sauvignon Blanc

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I meet people all the time looking to move away from Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – something about supporting the local economy and looking for wines with just a bit more subtlety. Well come on down because here we have a wine that will do both – The Alta Sauvignon Blanc from the frosty Adelaide Hills, home to most of the best Aussie Savvys. This wine won’t bash you round the ears rather is a more laid back style with subtle grassy fruit, a hint of apple, a hint of citrus and a whole load of fun. I wouldn’t even bother matching it with food – just sip and enjoy.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Bright and fresh green.

Nose: A savvy lovers paradise, with an island of intense passionfruit, surrounded by a sea of perfumed lemon grass and rich limes.

Palate: The aromatics will draw you in but the complex palate will leave you wanting more. Fleshy gooseberry and spicy grapefruit instantly fill the middle palate. Subtle oak adds to the mouthfeel and the effects of the lees stirring give a creaminess that runs the length of the palate. Anything but simple, this wine shows just how good Sauvignon Blanc can be!

Food: Spagetti con granchi - chilli infused creamy blue swimmer crab pasta.

expert reviews about

Alta Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Elegant and stylish, long and focused, with dusty aromas of gooseberries, lychees and passionfruit over suggestions of herbs and nettles. Its round, juicy expression of passionfruit, lychees and cassis is long and lingering with tangy, tropical notes punctuated by a fine line of taut acidity.
2013-2014+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A well balanced blend of fresh cut grass and a touch of tropical fruits; the palate is generous, with fine, cleansing acidity providing real harmony to the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Delicate, restrained and very anti-Marlborough! Scented with a delicate perfume of white flowers, lychees and gooseberries backed by grassy, herbal nuances, it's supple, elegant and reserved. Underpinned by a very fine chalkiness, its finely crafted palate of restrained but penetrative fruit finishes with pleasing length and a tangy, lemony acidity
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
91
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A ripe and generous, if perhaps slightly candied sauvignon blanc with a grassy aroma of lychees, gooseberries and mineral undertones. Initially quite broad and expansive, it does tighten up towards a moderately focused and refreshingly acidic finish, although it does leave a persistent note of confectionery fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Both the spotlessly clean bouquet and palate are driven by fresh cut grass, herb and mineral notes, opening into a hint of the tropics on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Muscat-driven quaffer with a delicate floral nose and a light, estery, varietal palate.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A clean bouquet, but both it and the palate are somewhat muted; a sustained dry finish is the strong point.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Named for its altitude not attitude, Alta is one of the most enticing sauvignons around. It has super-sweet fragrant notes, heady frangipani perfume and tropical fruit aromas -really stands out in a crowd. Fabulous palate intensity with plenty of fine acid to keep it straight and true, sweet tropical fruits and a zesty balanced finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
93
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Fragrant, floral and lightly grassy, with aromas of lychee, passionfruit and cassis backed by minerally undertones, it's smooth and shapely, with pleasing evenness and brightness and a refreshingly crisp and punctuated finish. Long and slightly chalky, it's tangy and flavoursome, if not perhaps quite 100% dry
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; aromas of nettle, grass and asparagus, the flavours moving more to passionfruit; a lively wine, with lots of interest.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Clean, fresh and crisp; mineral, grass, touches of lime, gooseberry and asparagus; all this with overall delicacy; has length.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92

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