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Konrad Sauvignon Blanc

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Marlborough and Sauvignon Blanc are cosy siblings that get on extremely well together. This offering from Konrad is a light-bodied, dry style that shows lots of gooseberries on the nose with hints of tell-tale passionfruit and smokiness from a touch of oak. The palate is nimble, fresh and slightly creamy in texture, with citrus and tropical flavours, flutters of toastiness, and a dry, gentle, elegant finish. It would be great with a creamy pasta dish.

Winemaker's Notes

A brilliant, pale straw green colour. This is a classically restrained, style of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. We have deliberately avoided excessive greenness preferring to show a range of Sauvignon aromas resulting from staggered harvesting targeting specific ripeness levels in the fruit. The nose is ultra clean, with precise lime and grapefruit citrus characters lifting the ripe gooseberry and tropical fruit notes typical of the region and variety. Further complexity is enhanced by subtle flinty notes from a small portion of barrel fermentation. The palate shows similar precision showing a linear range of flavours starting with citrus notes, building through classic gooseberry and passionfruit, to more exotic tropical elements. The structure, long, clean and persistent, with particular attention to the acid sugar balance allowing free expression of both regional and varietal characters to show. The small portion of barrel fermentation adds texture to the palate with subtle smoky notes and brings the wine to a dry finish.

Cellaring potential 2 to 3 years, will develop well over the next 2 years.

A wine to enjoy now with seafood, poultry, pasta and Asian dishes or just by itself.

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Konrad Sauvignon Blanc

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James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; a minerally bouquet with deliberately subdued fruit aromatics. The palate has nice mouthfeel, but constructed in its own (quasi-European) style. Perhaps I have been hard on it.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001

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