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River Farm Ben Morven Sauvignon Blanc

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

River Farm is a relative new comer to the NZ sav blanc tsunami that has been crashing on Aussie shores for a while now. This wine comes from a cracking vintage in New Zealand and shows that tell-tale passionfruit along with some citrus, herbs and a slight hint of cashew. The palate is quite fruit-rich with some zesty acidity, and it has a lovely mineral texture that will make this so good with food. It's a step up from the usual Marlborough savvy, and would be excellent with seafood.

Winemaker's Notes

Our Ben Morven is showing great promise and is already drinking very well. It will also continue to develop in the bottle over the next year. Very high quality fruit from low cropping vines picked at optimum ripeness has created a special and generous wine. The nose is inviting with tropical aromas and underlying herbaceousness and citrus, the colour is warm and bright. The wine palate weight, texture and complexity leads to a lingering, moreish finish.

River Farm awards & Accolades

Pure Bronze Medal – Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010
Bronze - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2011

“Lifted passion fruit, capsicum and box hedge on the nose with similar flavours on the palate plus a taut mineral thread and a slight trace of nutty yeast lees that add welcome complexity. An attractive, restrained, reasonably concentrated and complex Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that's a cut above the many simple fruity wines from this region.” 4 Stars - Bob Campbell MW

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River Farm Ben Morven Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This is a stylish and complex wine, made from a couple of choice parcels, with partial barrel fermentation and an all-round eye to creating something more distinctive. The nose has Tahitian lime and very subtle background chalky lees-derived complexity, yet it's still very youthful and gently flinty. The palate has bright acid crunch and plenty of fruit - nicely balanced - and the texture is subtly worked. This has much going for it if you're planning on eating. Superb!
The Good Wine Guide 2011
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Perfumed and almost muscat-like aromas, followed by a basic palate with simple fruit and a minerally backbone. Has some grip.
Winestate 2009
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Attractive style with lifted gooseberry, asparagus and nettle-like aromas and lively fruit palate with plenty of zing!
Winestate 20082009

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