Neudorf Vineyards Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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Without wishing to enter into a neighbourhood debate, we do aim to create Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of maturity. Playing to our regional dfference of cool, ripe fruit and oral characters, supported with fine acidity, we work with a touch of neutral oak and lees complexity to get beyond the land of overwhelming fruit to a place where adults live. The Neudorf house style con nues with the 2014 vintage - dry, but luscious with textural interest and the ability to age. A pastiche of fruits; guava, feijoas, nectarines lifted by Asian notes of lemongrass and kaffir lime against a background of warm crusty bread. Subtle oak handling fills out the palate creating a wine of elegance, intensity and verve. It may be dry but the palate is plump and flows easily. It also ages well, a characteristic not always understood by a market which continues to see Sauvignon as an antipodean version of Beaujolais nouveau. Low cropping fruit from Maggie's Block was fermented in older barrels for added richness, texture and complexity. Living in Nelson, I could say we drink it with those first raw scallops, fresh from the dredge, awash with sea water. But quite simply it is the very best wine with fish and chips, vegetarian foods, and a setting sun.