Abstract Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Single Vineyard: Holdaway Vineyard
Subregion: Dillons Point
Soil Type: Young alluvial silts over sand
Clone: Mass selection
Growers: Alan and Janette Holdaway and family
While the classic expression of this famous wine style is about fruit purity and crispness, this wine represents an alternative interpretation. ‘Abstract’ is a departure from the norm. This wine is all about texture and layers of aromatic complexity derived from both fruit and winemaking. The Holdaway family vineyard in Dillons Point provides the pillar of blackcurrant, passionfruit and its signature salty minerality, while the 100% wild yeast fermentation in seasoned French oak puncheons offers savoury attraction and complexity on the palate.
96 Points - Outstanding "Immediately complex and enticing bouquet with aromas of the variety with a deep core of savoury complexity, lees and barrel ferment derived scents. Aromas of honeysuckle and grapefruit, some tropical fruit, wild flowers, sage and fresh herbs, hay and silty soil minerality. Fantastic on the palate with textures and flavours of complexity, variety, soil and palate tension - with amazing salty acidity, hold, release and finish. What’s not to like! Best drinking upon purchase and through 2028+." Cameron Douglas MS June 2021
95 Points & Wine of the Week / Top-Rank Wine “Made with 100% wild yeast fermentation in seasoned French oak puncheons followed by maturation in oak for 15 months. The wine retains its capsicum, passionfruit varietal identity that contrasts with nutty, ginger yeast lees character and subtle oyster-shell mineral flavour. A complex wine with a pleasing texture." Bob Campbell MW, Real Review. 04/11/2020
94 Points "From the Holdaway vineyard in Dillons Point, Marlborough, a Sauvignon Blanc in the fumé style – wild yeast, barrel ferment in seasoned oak – owing much to good white Bordeaux, and lots to like here for an ardent Chardonnay fan.
Pale, translucent lemon-green in the glass, with gorgeous almond, nectarine, pink grapefruit, blackcurrant and elderflower aromas. Mineral, saline and wet-stone, flinty characters precede a fine, taut palate of red apple, guava, greengage and preserved lemon. As much about a delicious savouriness as fruit; it is layered and balanced, whilst retaining a bright freshness and acidity.
Not typical for this varietal, there’s good weight, silken texture and a little toasty oak influence, that adds to the complexity and sets it in the top tier of NZ Sauvignons made in this style. To be a classic varietal, it has to age well, and this seems to have the structure and power to go a good distance. Character and flavour-packed, with a lengthy, drying finish." David Walker-Bell, WineFolio (NZ)
"Crafted from fruit dry-farmed by the Holdaway family in Marlborough’s Dillons Point sub-region, the ‘Abstract’ is about as far-removed from still-life sauvignon blanc as you can get. It’s like Rothko, Kandinsky, Mondrian and Miro all in one. 100% wild yeast fermented in old, French oak and aged for 14 months, it’s scented with bruised lemongrass, marzipan, dandelion and smoked passionfruit, and those characters then wash across the palate leaving a comet’s tail of quartzy, salty, minerality to finish. New Zealand’s newest Master of Wine Sophie Parker-Thomson and her husband Matt Thomson have created a stunning, super-complex sauvignon that screams out for steamed, garlicky Storm Shell clams drizzled with lemon. Drink now – 2026" Yvonne Lorkin (Sept 2021)