What’s in the glass tonight February 7th – Sauvignon Blanc


Grava Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough 2015 – $$

Whole bunch pressed. Pale greenish straw. 12.5% alc.

Light and lifted, grassy, and finishes with a strong hint of licorice allsort

A smooth Savvy up front, slightly lean to taste, and minerally, with the expected lemon tang. Also evident is the typical lower North Island dialed-back SB acidity, but still is fresh and invigorating. Short.

Recommended  – 87 points

Straight to the Pool Room – March 2016

Pool Room March 2016

For the cellar: a couple of stellar and age-worthy Felton Road wines from a recent tasting, and a Martinborough Savvy from a new producer that totally charmed me at an instore tasting recently …

Felton Road Block 2 Chardonnay Central Otago 2014 – $$$ – Drink 2019-2029.

Felton Road Bannockburn Riesling Central Otago 2015 – $$ – Drink 2018-2026.

Grava Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough 2015 – $$ – Drink 2017-2020.

What’s in the glass tonight March 25th – Sauvignon Blanc

Grava SB 2015

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.

93 points