Wine Review of 2015 Brancott Estate Chosen Rows Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand
Brancott Estate’s Chosen Rows Sauvignon Blanc is the result of several years of research with the aim of making the best possible expression of Marlborough Sauvignon, capitalizing on the 40+ years’ experience of the winery making Sauv Blanc wine in the region.
The first vintage of Chosen Rows was released back in 2013, it was the 2010 vintage and the winery later released the wine dated year 2013 too.
The 2015 vintage reviewed here is therefore the third and latest edition of Chosen Rows Sauvignon Blanc, while the first-ever Brancott Chosen Rows Pinot Noir is also just out bearing the same 2015 vintage.
So, How Good is Brancott Chosen Rows Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc?
The Answer is in the Tasting Notes
This Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc comes in a rather intense lemon-yellow color, with a heap of gold hues almost slightly amber, betraying not only its concentration but that it must have seen some oak during its maturation as well.
The nose is pungent, as expected from the Marlborough Sauvignon style. But clearly, we are here not only with the typical tropical fruit bomb, but with a wine offering layers of depth and complexity.
Sure, the dominant notes to the aromatic profile are those of pineapple and passion fruit, which is what you want out of a Kiwi Sauv. But there are elegant notes of boxwood and asparagus as well, clearly stamping the mark of NZ Sauvignon Blanc.
Delicate spices, ginger, nutmeg and other sweet spices add layers and interest to the smell.
The palate is dry, with a concentrated and crisp acidity. Concentration also features in the body, with a relatively oily texture, backed up with silky phenolics adding to the overall smoothness.
A salty mineral and crisp finish leaves you with a salivating, want-to-go-for-another-sip sensation.
A deep and complex New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, genuine to its Marlborough origin, adding to the classic Marlborough style further textural balance and layers of spices, stonefruit, delicate oak, and a definite salty minerality.