Mahana Clays & Gravels Sauvignon Blanc 2014

The pursuit of texture, complexity and interest that was tentatively begun in 2013 has continued in 2014 but with even more drive and commitment to the ‘alternative’ path. The Mahana Clays and Gravels Sauvignon Blanc has a bright and clear appearance. The yellow colour of the wine gives away the use of skins, wood and time on lees in the winemaking process.

The nose has a remarkably complex nose of honey, smoke and gravel. There are genuine ‘sauvage’ characters in there as well as both green fruit and tropical fruit characters: pineapple, guava and gooseberry are all present. The nose carries to the palate which is full, rich and complex. The palate shows both primary and secondary characters. It has a lovely creamy texture and good length. In short, this is more than just a varietal Sauvignon Blanc; this is a serious white wine…full stop! 300 dozen produced.

 

Winemaking

All of the 2014 was fermented on skins with indigenous yeasts before spending 10 months in a mixture of old french oak barriques and new acacia puncheons. After 10 months in wood the wine was transferred along with its yeast lees to tank for 6 months lees maturation.

Alc 12.5%

 

Food

Roast pork belly, smoked fish & creamy goats and washed-rind cheeses.

 

Reviews

Fermented on the skins and matured for a year in oak and acacia barrels. A very unusual Sauvignon, with masses of flavour that’s a mix of subtle fruit (grapefruit and apricot?) and nutty savoury characters. A wine that’s more about texture than taste – it’s mouth-filling, with peppery tannins. An adventurous and complex wine for savouring rather than quaffing. Hard to rate. Should age well. -Bob Campbell MW

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