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Allan Scott Marlborough Black Label Hazy Barrel Aged Sauvignon Blanc 2020
This Sauvignon Blanc has been barrel fermented and aged in old oak barrels. Barrel ferments promote vigorous fermentation which constantly mixes yeast and wine. This imparts roundness and fatness to the wine, along with layers of complexity that stainless steel ferments do not do. The wine shows typical Sauvignon Blanc characters but with a softness and yeastiness coming from the barrel fermentation.
The wine was pumped out of the barrel and into a tank to let particles settle at the bottom after some time. Wine skips the filtration step, and we let gravity do the work and rack it into a fresh tank before bottling.
Cam Douglas / 92 Points
Aromas and flavours of mineral and white smoke soil notes then a mix of apple and citrus, some peach and exotic fruit moments. Satin cream texture then contrasting acidity and fruit core. Balanced, well made and ready – a lovely wine. Drink now and through 2023+