The 2020 Auntsfield Estate Sauvignon Blanc is one of the finest versions of the grape I’ve ever tasted from the New World. Produced with grapes from Marlborough’s first colonial vineyard, this stuff is absolutely amazing. Rated 93 points by James Suckling and 92 points by Vinous Media, this is a wine that is going to elate New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc lovers. Heck, it might even wow some Sancerre fans.
2020 Auntsfield Estate Sauvignon Blanc | On Sale Through March 13th
93 points – James Suckling, 92 points – Vinous Media
Deal Price: $18.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack+ | Over 20% off!
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Auntsfield Estate is home to one of the top Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in the Southern Hemisphere. The original vineyard was established in 1873, and the Cowley family have maintained the prestige of this site for many years now. The combination of old vines, rocky/clay soils, and the wine’s “upbringing” combine to make this one of New Zealand’s most distinctive and terroir-driven Sauvies out there. Since the first release, the wines have attracted great attention from consumers and press alike. The reason is simple — this one offers more complexity and minerality than many of their more well-known neighbors.
Today, brothers Ben and Luc Cowley run the estate, and the wines have never been better. Their goal is to produce a slightly riper and finer textured wine that still showcases the minerality and acidity of this special site. All of the fruit is from the family’s estate vineyards, it’s all handpicked, and most of the fermentation is carried out with native yeasts in stainless steel. A small portion of the fruit sees fermentation in older oak barrels, and this definitely contributes to the fine texture of the finished wine.
So what’s it smell and taste like? I’ll let the critics wow you with their words on this one — I agree with them 100%.
Vinous Media said this “Sauvignon Blanc combines the quintessential vibrancy and clarity of Marlborough with an expansive, mouth-filling texture. While classically Sauvignon with its vivid elderflower, citrus, passion fruit and nettle aromas, its enthusiasm is curbed by a proportion of wine fermented in oak. Mouthwatering acidity cleanses the palate on the balanced, medium-length finish.”
James Suckling had similar tasting notes. “Very attractive passion-fruit aromas, as well as ripe melon and lime cream. So much going on here. The palate has a big hit of fresh, ripe and juicy passionfruit and peach flavors. Pleasingly bitter edge to the finish. Tonic-like twist.”
A natural match with green vegetables, curries, and creamy goat cheeses, this is a wine that absolutely lights up the palate with classic and regional varietal flavors. We were lucky to get a 10 case allocation this year. I know it’s still winter, but by the time warmer spring weather arrives, this one will be long gone. Get some! You’ll thank me.
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