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Coldstream Hills Sauvignon Blanc

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Here we have a bright and zesty style of sav blanc out of the Yarra that has seen a touch of oak, plus a cheeky splash of semillon. Vibrant citrusy smells climb out of the glass, along with hints of dairy, lychees and grassiness. The palate is light, bright and rounded, with juicy lemon and lime flavours, a bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel, and a refreshing, friendly finish that will have you reaching for another glass.

Winemaker's Notes

Coldstream Hills was established in 1985 by James and Suzanne Halliday and has since grown to become one of Australia's leading and most awarded small wineries.

Sourced predominantly from hillside vineyards in the cool Upper Yarra, the fruit was gently pressed with approximately seventy percent of the juice being barrel fermented and matured in older French oak barriques and puncheons. The remaining thirty percent was fermented in stainless steel and stored on fine lees.

A small percentage of Semillon from the Lower Yarra was used in the final blend to add complexity and texture.

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Coldstream Hills Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
The bouquet shows fragrant gooseberry characters with underlying passionfruit and lychee aromas; passionfruit pulp and gooseberry dominate on the palate with hints of lemon peel in the background.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Fragrant lantana and gooseberry, with underlying passionfruit and lychee aromas, plus mineral and stalky notes; a fine and elegant style.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Dull, stale and sweaty aromas of gooseberries and passionfruit, with herbaceous undertones. Up-front, thinly fruited and lacking length, it finishes flat and poorly defined. Appears to have been made from stressed fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Grassy, slightly cooked and confectionary semillon developing toastiness and broadness. Some forward juiciness and punch, but lacks brightness and vitality at the finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; clean and crisp bouquet, with herb, gooseberry and mineral aromas. The palate is lively, well balanced and long, with a fresh finish. Flavours of gooseberry and apple reflect the cool vintage, and are less tropical than usual.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light yellow-green; a highly fragrant bouquet with a strongly varietal mix of gooseberry and passionfruit. The palate is crisp yet intense, with an excellent balance of the ripe fruit flavours promised by the bouquet and minerally acidity on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the bouquet is rich and full, with masses of sweet passionfruit and gooseberry aromas. On the palate the mouthfilling, rich tropical gooseberry fruit is balanced by acidity on the finish, the sweetness coming from glycerol, not residual sugar. The oak is perceptible more in terms of structure than either aroma or flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Bright green-yellow; the bouquet is concentrated and intense, neither tropical nor herbal, but in the mid-ripeness spectrum of gooseberry and even a hint of blackcurrant. The palate is relatively powerful and rich, with gooseberry fruit flavours particularly evident on the mid to back palate. Firm acidity, but overall not an aggressive style of Sauvignon Blanc.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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