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A classic ‘top of the south’ style Sauvi from Nelson, vibrant, crunchy and organic to boot.
Organically grown on the Home and Morison Vineyards, the fruit was harvested in several parcels to ensure a spectrum and balance of flavours. Predominantly tank fermented using a selection of aromatic yeasts, a small percentage of high-solids juice was wild fermented in barrel, contributing a subtle but distinctive savoury, spicy and textural character to the finished wine.
Generous, bright aromas of floral citrus, fresh passionfruit, melon, spice and a nettly, crushed herb fragrance. The palate has an appealing breadth, a succulent core of soft citrus and rock melon suggestive of sweetness in spite of being totally dry in style. A fine, mineral acidity balances and refreshes this fruit-rich, almost creamy mouthfeel which finishes with a hint of aromatic spice.
NZ Wine Buyer's Guide 2020
The 2019 vintage is the first to be labelled ‘River Garden’. Fresh and mouth filling, it is sweet-fruited, with generous, ripe tropical-fruit flavours, a subtle seasoning of oak, good drive through the palate, finely balanced acidity and a rounded finish. Already delicious, it offers excellent drinking now to 2021. 5 stars.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2020
Showing excellent ripeness and a light touch of silkiness on the palate, the 2019 River Garden Sauvignon Blanc includes a small portion (10%) of barrel-fermented fruit. Nectarine and melon notes are joined by citrus flavors in the medium-bodied wine, which finishes with refreshing acids and lingering hints of tangerine. 90 pts.
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