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Domaine A Lady A Sauvignon Blanc

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Would you believe that this typically needs 10 years in bottle to show its best? A refined, profound and mealy Sauvignon Blanc in a style almost unheard of in Australia, this is a beguiling and very fine Sauvignon Blanc that deserves the attention.

Winemaker's Notes

Domaine A ‘Lady A’ Sauvignon Blanc originates from ancient, cool climate terroir in Tasmania’s historic Stoney Vineyard. It is a wine of absolute dedication, built from the ground up according to a rigorous viticultural regime and uncompromising approach to winemaking.

The first vintage of Lady A was made in secret as a present for Ruth Althaus in 1996. Based on the famous oaked Sauvignon’s of Bordeaux, Lady A has earned a cult status reputation around the globe. It was described by James Halliday as being “the finest Oaked Sauvignon Blanc” he ever tasted.

Lady A is crafted in small batches from a single hectare plot at Stoney Vineyard. It hails from the oldest sauvignon vines on the estate dating back to 1991. Lady A is fermented in 100% new French oak barriques and matured on fine lees for one year. It is rested in the cellar for two further years or more until ready for release. Peter Althaus suggests cellaring the Lady A for up to ten years.

Pale straw colour. Aromatics of grapefruit, lavender and fresh herbs with spicy vanilla bean notes. Mouth filling, rich and complex. Green apples, grapefruit and honey flavour with subtle nuances of oak and pure, natural acidity. A long persistent creamy finish with hints of citrus and gooseberry.

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Domaine A Lady A Sauvignon Blanc

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Picked in small batches, fermented in new French oak, matured on lees for 12 months before being bottled, then given a further 2 years on cork. Green-straw, this is a unique Sauvignon Blanc with unparalleled intensity and complexity, its array of grass, capsicum and citrus flavours, the oak at once obvious yet seamless.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Mid straw, vibrant green hue; an exotic blend of guava, spice, nectarine and blanched almonds; the palate is unctuous, complex, extremely fresh and long, and there is no denying the strong 'Euro/Bordeaux' accent of this wine; complex sauvignon made with aplomb.
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; a potent and powerful wine taking its cue directly from Bordeaux; ripe and intense fruit has absorbed the French oak in which it was fermented and matured; the impact of the oak is on the texture and structure of the wine, which has incredible intensity and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Supple and restrained, but with an oily viscosity, this lavishly oaked expression of sauvignon blanc reveals a powdery, dusty and nutty bouquet of citrusy fruit and vanilla. It's long and gentle, with a pleasing, unctuous length of juicy flavour that finishes with a soft, supple acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual

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