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.
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 "What's appealing about the bouquet of this wine is the combination of gun-flint, steely, floral and gentle barrel ferment scents that precede the bloom of citrus and tree fruit aromas at the core. The aromas of herbs that usually accompany this variety are quiet and understated. There's complexity, a floral note and plenty of energy. On the palate - tense, youthful, refreshing and dry.
Flavours of citrus and apple, peach, lees and natural ferment flavours dominate. The backbone of acidity along with the core of fruit and wild savoury ferment flavours showcase wine with complexity, length, great mouthfeel and persistent finish. Well made and ready to drink from late 2020 through 2025." Cameron Douglas MS
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)