93 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
FIVE STARS | Yvonne Lorkin
4.5 STARS | Michael Cooper
Blackenbrook are a small, family-run winery in the Nelson region. They take a 'quality over quantity' approach to winemaking and, as well as being an accredited sustainable winegrowing producer, most of their wines are also unfined and vegan.
Their 2020 Sauvignon Blanc is all kinds of delicious. It's fresh and vibrant with layers of citrus and herbaceousness on the palate. A small portion (about 3%) was barrel fermented which adds complexity and texture. A must-try for fans of premium sauv.
Michael Cooper writes "Estate-grown in Tasman, this hand-picked wine is fragrant with penetrating, ripely herbaceous flavours showing excellent delicacy, a touch of barrel-ferment complexity and a crisp, dry, lasting finish. "
Yvonne Lorkin writes "Extremely fresh and packed with tropical intensity, crunchy citrus and cressy-herbaceousness it’s an excellent example of Nelson niceness. Lime-laden with layers of melon and jalapeno, it has beautiful balance, minerality, tension, power on the palate and impressive generosity and texture. Love it!"
Cameron Douglas MS writes "A classically styled Sauvignon Blanc - at first - with a ripe sweet fruited and fresh herb bouquet then a mineral and chalky wet stone layer emerges adding depth and a little intrigue. Youthful, fresh and vibrant on the palate with flavours of fresh lime and white peach, some tropical fruits then apple and gooseberry. High acidity adds crunch, alcohol is balanced adding a hint of warmth on the finish - which is dry. The core of fruit carries this wine through a lengthy and nicely elegant finish. Well made and ready to enjoy form today and through 2023."