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Isabel Estate Sauvignon Blanc

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Is the Sauvignon Blanc tidal wave ever going to calm down? Not if the Kiwis have any say in the matter and the very boutique Isabel Estate have forged down the path of producing wines they believe represent the Marlborough region. Respect the soil is their mantra and the soil shall reward. This Sauvignon Blanc is an absolute maelstrom of flavour with grassy, lemongrass and herbaceous edges as well as gooseberry and other tropical notes. It’s complex and long with a zesty but fine, acid finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Lush aromas of pineapple, Kaffir lime leaves, elderflower and lychee explode from the glass. The palate is rich, offering fresh green mango, passionfruit and guava.  The finish is persistent and coupled with the classic Isabel wet-stone minerality, makes this wine extremely refreshing.  With it's balanced acidity this daring wine is delicious in it's youth and a delightful accompaniment to those long, hot summer days.

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Isabel Estate Sauvignon Blanc

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Michael Cooper (2012 Vintage) says
Lively, crisp, green-edged style, strongly varietal, with melon, gooseberry and capsicum-like aromas and flavours, fresh and punchy.
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Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
If you like them in a bigger style, this Marlborough sauvignon has plenty of winemaking boost. Quite a honeyed leesy nose, some grass and citrus fruit aromas. The palate moves in big sweeping layers, very worked-up texture, full tropical flavours and a stony mineral finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
88
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Sweet tropical fruit tempered by a slatey, dry finish, the fragrance of it rich with pink and white flowers. This is a savvy with rich softness to it and not too much tartness, which will please many. Even I, a SB basher, could happily slug on this.
The Wine Front, 2007 2007
92
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
You know how everyone adores (darling) Marlborough savvy blanc? Well I’m the sad case who pretty much hates it. But not this. Not only is this wine every bit mucho yummo, it’s sweetly swisho as well. Pears, musk, lemon, and – well, you get the drift. It tastes as much like a perfumed, sweet-fruited pinot gris as it does a savvy – a blade of cut grass dipped in the wine to keep its savvy personality. Yes yes, I likey, I do.
The Wine Front, 2006 2006
92
Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Grown in the Tiller family vineyard near Renwick, this is a consistently stunning wine. It is harvested at a range of ripeness levels and a small portion of the blend (15 per cent) is fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques; the rest is tank-fermented and lees-aged. It is typically finely scented, fresh, crisp and punchy, but not one-dimensional, with lovely passion fruit, lychee and pineapple flavours, tight and long, and the barest hint of oak. The 2003 vintage ) is pale lemon/green, with a very forthcoming, limey bouquet. Weighty and dry, with very intense, vibrant gooseberry/lime flavours, it shows great purity and depth, with a distinct minerally touch and racy acids. Full of personality, this is one of the region's greatest.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the fragrant bouquet has abundant tropical, gooseberry and stone fruit aromas which lead into a wine that is full of flavour right through the length of the palate, juicy but not the least heavy. Truly delicious.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
93
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; the bouquet exudes passionfruit, white peach and gooseberry aromas; the palate has the same panoply of rich flavours, balanced by a nice touch of acid on the finish. A wine that does have the intensity and focus absent from the majority of the '98 Sauvignon Blancs.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
91
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Light yellow-green; the bouquet has amazingly pungent, sweet gooseberry and passionfruit aromas, the palate similarly pungent and penetrating, crammed to the gills with delicious fruit, and finishing bone-dry on the palate. Something special.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
94

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