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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Out of Step Wine Co. Lone Star Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2014

I've previously written up some of the wines of the Out of Step Wine Co., check here for those reviews and some background info on the duo behind the label.

Each wine is like delving a little further into the minds and métier of Nathan and Dave.

Here, they've taken a variety much maligned, that seems to have an affinity for the Upper Yarra, and sought to capture it at a point in its life. I admire that spirit and for: "hopefully chipping away at making Sauvignon Blanc at least just a tiny bit cool again...".

Sees 25% new oak, the balance being at least second use; partial malo, a touch of battonage, results in a wine leading with citrus,creme and vegetal hints (think celeriac and a little asparagus). An expressive little beast - not so much that overt pungent number, but aromatics that spill out of the glass, like a bosom inside an ill-fitting brassiere. It doesn't avoid the tropicals often associated with the variety, instead they're at one with the balance of aromatics within.

Barrel ferment character, funk and feel; waxy, slippery, segueing to a mere hint of tropical fruit, vanilla creme and hints of flintiness and smoke. Re-think sauvignon Blanc here, a wine that's interesting and just downright enjoyable to boot. I went back for a glass of enjoyment after the tasting formality was over. Spot on - 93

Tasted on: Tuesday 3rd February, a Leaf day
Source: Sample
Price: $24
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap

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