Fairmont Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Quite a deep colour for a SB – green/gold. Nose: wow! Ripe tropical fruit in the melon and guava spectrum but the varietal tomato leaf is there, and even a hint of tomato skin as well; palate is a slightly subdued version of the nose at first, all there but the fruit is a little dumbed down, good acid backbone – it does open in the glass though (read to the end for a recommendation!); long finish with the ripe fruit that was on the nose leaping back, along with a delightful Granny Smith apple note as well; leaves you wanting another sip, and then another.

Very good wine, especially as it was tasted only six hours after delivery from the winery. I suspect that with a few weeks post-delivery rest it’ll be better. And with a few months in the bottle it’ll be another step up again. Contact the winery and buy a case. Or two. I suspect that in a few months this will be a 19/20 wine for me as it has those tropical notes I love in Sauvignon Blanc. Time will tell.

Gladstone, Wairarapa, New Zealand

18/20 [tasted 7/12/13] www.fairmontestate.co.nz

Bought cellar door. Top value at RRP $15.00 and even better by the case.

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