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Clayfork Vineyard 'Steely Dan' Sauvignon Blanc

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Cracka Review

We are fairly sure this wine has nothing to do with the singer but more the bracing palate, which in the industry some wine types might describe as ‘Steely.’ This is serious Sauvignon Blanc with all the bells and whistles thrown at it in the winery. It’s single vineyard, oak influenced and barrel fermented, vibrant with lemon zest, herbs and a touch of smoky complexity.

The palate is taut with lime zest and citrus. This is all texture with tight acids, a slight sweetness and a really vibrant length of flavour. It’s Sauvignon Blanc Jim, but not as you know it.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Pale lemon.

Nose: Lemongrass and lime zest with a hint of smokiness and fresh thyme.

Palate: The palate is at first austere and mineral, opening up with juicy lime zest and a touch of citrus blossom. The tight acid backbone balances the fruit sweetness and unites the luscious texture together with the vibrant flavours right to the end of the palate.

Clayfork Wine Reviews and Accolades

"For starters I should note that while this wine is made by Catalina Sounds in Marlborough, NZ it’s difficult to find the words Catalina Sounds anywhere on the label – the words Clayfork Vineyard are in the biggest type, though even these words are printed in silver on a white background. So just look for a bottle with a big silver fork on it.
And it is indeed worth looking out for. It’s grown at 600 feet (altitude) which makes the site “a higher altitude than most vineyards in Marlborough”. A small amount of it sees French oak and lees contact. The characters these winemaking techniques impart are not overt; but they are a positive influence on the wine. The wine is taut and textural, smoky and minerally. It tastes of gravel and grass and gooseberry too, and while it chubbs up nicely through the mid-palate, it steers long and direct through the finish.This is a seriously composed, and eminently stylish, wine.
93 Points, Drink: 2011-2014 - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front 2011

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