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Monday, 9 March 2015

Guthrie Wines 'Obtenu Bois' Sauvignon Blanc 2013

'Obtenu bois', meaning 'with wood' or perhaps 'got wood', a reference to the fact it is 100% barrel fermented and as per the Guthrie website: " Handpicked from a single vineyard...whole bunch pressed to seasoned French oak hogsheads...juice was then left for a slow, wild ferment. The wine sat undisturbed on fermentation lees for around 12 months before being bottled."

Soft white florals - magnolia and a little vanilla, against tropicals in the realm of a little guava, kaffir lime. But it's also about what it's not, and that is the pungent Sauvignon Blanc that you may be use to, judicious picking and the techniques employed see to that.

It's the palate where the greatest impact is seen. That time on lees and under wood have giving the wine deliciously textural and drying feel. Spice is a factor here, a little ground ginger and a chalky, powdery feel to proceedings. Grown up Sauvignon Blanc, excellently executed. Another fine example of what you can do with Sauvignon Blanc when you show it a little love. 93

Tasted on: Sunday 8th March, a Root day
Source: Gift
Price: $27
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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