Domain Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013
The sauvignon blanc crown has vacated “Blenheim Palace” and headed south to Central Otago. Pulling off the coup was this irresistible, mouthfilling Bannockburn wine with its beguiling floral scents and purity of fruit. “It’s like biting into a sauvignon blanc grape,” noted Jeff Clarke. A touch of honeysuckle-like sweetness is balanced by keen acidity. It is a generous, flowing wine that would be a fine match for whitebait fritters.
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The fear of Marlborough? Graeme Crosbie, co-proprietor with his wife Gillian (both pictured left) of Central Otago-based Domain Road Vineyard, doesn’t think so. “We don’t compare our sauvignon blanc to Marlborough’s, or try to emulate them. We’re after a softer, rounder, slightly more complex style. To help us get that, winemaker Peter Bartle puts some of the wine in old French barrels. But this [Cuisine] success is a great thing for all the sauvignon blanc growers of Central Otago as recognition has been hard for us to come by in this category.” The Crosbies planted their first vines in the heart of Bannockburn in 2003, and sauvignon blanc was always a part of their plans. “From the beginning we wanted to export. I knew that people would be asking us if we had a sauvignon blanc and I wanted to be able to say ‘yes’ to that question. Since we started though, it has become a real favourite – both for us personally and many of our customers here in Central.” Crosbie also says his sauvignon ages well – “I had a 2008 a while ago and it was drinking beautifully. Too many people don’t realise that.”