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The Wine Front – Rugged lookin soils and exposed-feeling site. Sauvignon blanc gets a salty tang here, says winemaker Francis Hutt. He likes it. About 60% is barrel fermented. He also makes the wine dry to enhance it. Cheers. Scents of wet slate, green herbs and briar, touch of asparagus but not overt. Tangy, tart, linear and very pure feeling. Great velocity. Mouthwatering and steely in the palate. Wow. The punch! Pretty bloody good.
About This Wine
A very aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. The wine has strong fragrances of lychee, gooseberry and passion-fruit. Initially textural on entry, in the mouth the wine leads into a broad wide acidity with flavours of gooseberry flowing through onto the finish.
Central Otago Wines
Central Otago is a unique wine region for New Zealand as it does not grow any of the country's famous Sauvignon Blanc but also unique globally for being the most southerly commercial wine region in the world. The region is famous for its fruity and full-bodied Pinot Noir with about ¾ of all vineyards in the region growing this grape variety. One of our favourite Pinot Noir regions here at World Wine.
Central Otago is the only region in New Zealand with a truly continental climate, with large daily and seasonal temperature extremes. At 300m in elevation, vineyards are protected from the cold ocean winds by high mountains reaching 3700m. The soils are also different to the rest of the country, with heavy deposits of rough-edged mica and other metamorphic schists in silt loams.
Historically, the subregion of Bannockburn has seen the most success. However, the region has seen significant growth in recent years and other sub regions are also flourishing.