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April 07, 2003

WineBlog: 2002 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc

[belated posting - we drank this last weekend]

A beautiful complex fresh wine that tastes like it couldnít be anywhere as young as it is. Itís bottled with a screwtop, rather than a cork, on the basis that it would mess up the subtleties of the wine. That seemed like hype, but having tasted it, you can see Brent Marrisís point.

Thereís a soft gooseberry aroma on the nose, and a sweet honey scent. Tastes far less acidic that youíd think for a NZ sauv. Beautiful mineral taste which then subdues into a sweet melony hug. (In hindsight, melons are definitiely the thing I remember from this wine)

Itís unbelievably pale Ė barely a light green, like a soave. It looks like itís not going to taste of anything, and fit for nothing other than swigging in the sun. Itís definitely wine for summery days, but save it for the best ones with the best company.

(bought as part of a leaving present 6/2/03 from the BBC)

Posted by Tom Dolan at April 7, 2003 01:00 PM

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