Grava Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough 2015 – $$
Grava is a brand-new winegrower and producer in Martinborough. They make a Savvy, a Riesling, and a Pinot Noir (natch). They have taken over an established vineyard, but I know not which one. The Grava Wines website is a single-page affair at present – no doubt this will evolve as their wines do.
I tried the first two varieties at an instore tasting a week back. The Sauvignon Blanc won me over immediately and I bought a bottle for the Pool Room, and one for the table.
12.5% alc. Nice to have a wine slightly lighter on the alcohol scale. Whole bunch pressed.
This wine is refined and restrained for its variety. The bouquet is clear elevated citrus, pear and gooseberry. What’s missing, but not lacking, is the assertive green capsicum notes of its southern counterparts. Very attractive.
Impressive in the mouth also – elegance and freshness, with sweet ripe fruit on attack, a citrus acid burst and passionfruit on the mid-palate, and a long acid/bitter finish. Terrific.
A distinctive and innovative label also – featuring a bunch of grapes on a white background but the grapes are replaced by grey stones. Clever.