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Chain of Ponds Black Thursday Sauvignon Blanc

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Black Thursday is named after the catastrophic bush fires that spread through the Adelaide Hills in the early 90’s. It was this vineyard that saved the nearby township and was duly rewarded with the title. It’s a bracing example of the style with obvious flavours of melon, gooseberry and capsicum before a refreshing, textured palate and a clean acid finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Pale green straw with luminous hints of green. Brilliant clarity. Aromatic freshly cut tropical melon with nuances of passionfruit, crisp apple and freshly squeezed lime juice. Hints of gooseberry, box tree and cucumber. Lush fruit driven palate which is lively and refreshing, exhibiting balanced tropical fruits and citrus along with crisp freshly chilled apple and cucumber. Well balanced linear acidity lifts the fruit sweetness and gives a mouth watering finish of great length and flavour persistence. A great match for fresh seafood such as oysters, scallops and sashimi or perfect on its own with a group of friends. Enjoy immediately or cellar for 2-3 years.

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Chain of Ponds Black Thursday Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; a particularly lively and fresh sauvignon blanc, with herbs, citrus pith, snow pea and lemon flavours wreathed with perfectly balanced acidity. Will be at its peak this summer.
94
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; a savoury and immediately satisfying wine, with flavours firmly in the asparagus/capsicum/grass spectrum, not tropical; the one concession is the citrussy acidity on the finish.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
91
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Quartz-white; aromas of kiwi fruit and herb lead into a well-balanced palate that brings more fruit into play, with a subtle tropical gloss to the flavour profile and finish.
To 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2013
91
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Youthful, slightly sweaty, lemon/lime aromas and quite a tropical palate; mango, pineapple and passionfruit-like in character, with juicy acidity.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
92
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Very much a restrained, cool and reserved take on Adelaide Hills sauvignon that shies away from the intense tropical fruits and makes a foray into more grassy territory, with fresh-cut melon too.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A relatively subdued, although not reduced or sweaty, bouquet; a mix of tropical, gooseberry and asparagus fruit on the palate, which has good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Sweet candied fruit nose and lolly-like, citrus flavoured palate. Very nice. Lunch, anyone?
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Not a whisper of reduction; attractive passionfruit/tropical/grass mix, with a long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Spotlessly dean, with tropical/gooseberry/passionfruit flavours, but a slight lack of focus and drive.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Clean, crisp and correct; good balance and line; simply lacks positive varietal character.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Clean and crisp; touches of asparagus and grass aromas; builds flavour, though not varietal character, on the palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; a spotlessly clean bouquet but with somewhat unusual, sweet lime-accented fruit, which comes through quite strongly on the palate. The texture and weight is admirable; it is simply that the fruit character is left of centre.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
90
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light green-straw; the bouquet is delicate, with some light passionfruit aromas, the palate similarly light and crisp, getting there as a shellfish style.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
85

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