2016 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
This 2016 vintage comes with a redesigned label. I personally quite liked the previous one (see here), but who cares! This goes even further in the current trend of simpli(sti)city which is probably a good thing.
For more perspective on the wine in the previous vintage, check the review of 2015 Spy Valley Sauv Blanc
It is all mainly machine harvested, and tank fermented, but a portion of our Sauvignon Blanc is fermented in oak barrels to give the wine secondary aromas, smoother texture and more complexity.
So how good is 2016 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc ?
This Kiwi Sav comes in a lemon-yellow color with clear green hues, of medium-to-light intensity.
The nose however, is rather powerful with strong grassy pear and fruity passion fruit notes. Quite intense, yet elegant with esters (pear mainly) providing a lot of freshness.
The aromatic intensity goes even higher in the mouth, with an explosion of flavors as the wine hits the warmth of your taste buds.
Burst zesty lemon, sweet sweaty passion fruit aplenty, some grassy and peppery spice, almost minty. The finish is quite long on rich tropical fruit characters.
The wine is dry with concentrated acidity but feels well balanced with just the right amount of sweetness.
A very well made, aromatically lean and clean Sauvignon Blanc delivering powerful and fruity complexity on a pleasant overall balance on the dry side of things.
A wine that will be pleasantly enjoyed by itself or with starters, but that could also accompany tasty entrées and spicy Asian cuisine, doing wonders.
Unpretentious yet very well executed and enjoyable J
So… Enjoy !