New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. A firm favourite in this household, a perfectly refreshing way to wind down after a busy week. Therefore it is always great to find time to review a wonderful bottle of it and thanks to Sustainable Wines for sending through this bottle of Sauvignon Blanc Ohau Gravels 2014.
This award winning wine comes from a very new wine region of New Zealand, in the Horowhenua region of the lower North Island. And before we give our take and thoughts here is the description given on the website for this wine:
Aromas of fragrant blackcurrant and nettle, with lime skin and stony notes leading to an appealing palate bursting with lime and citrus skin flavours and a flinty mineral finish. Subtle 5% oak.
To be very honest, well, at first smell and taste, this wine tasted wonderful. Truly wonderful. The description above is almost exactly as it tasted to us and taste can be subjective as we all know. From personal experience many Sauvignon Blancs are way too grapefruity and my personal preferences have been a few select offerings. This Ohau Gravels has jumped to the top handful of choices.
Immediate impressions on smell and drinking where lime, grassy notes, the hint of blackcurrant with a real creamy silky texture. An aftertaste that felt smooth and peachy. The hint of the flinty mineral finish was also there for sure. It was a glassful that was hard to put down and it kept on giving a pleasurable mellow zing. It is definitely a wine that I would drink for the whole evening and that is something very rare for me.
It is always a pleasure to discover new tastes and even more so when the taste becomes a new favourite. All the better for exploring and seeking. Cheers!