The Semillon Sauvignon Blanc has been with the Coates since 2009, and has been a staple of the range.
In 2014 it was decided to produce a varietal Sauvignon Blanc. A restrained ‘Fume’ style was what we had in mind and the first step was picking in two tranches to obtain a high acid backbone from the first pick, and a later intake to provide fruit drive. The cool climate location of the Adelaide Hills Kuitpo vineyards ensures that the grapes have an elegance of flavour and good natural acidity that we seek to preserve in the finished wine.
The fruit was given minimal skin contact and pressed using a closed tank press to yield the softest fruit characters. Post press the juice was racked to barrel to remove coarse solids. The Sauvignon juice was natural yeast fermented with fine solids in 15% new and the balance seasoned French oak barrels then aged on lees for ten months. The wine was sulphured post primary ferment to block MLF. Whilst this style might traditionally be called a Fume Blanc, the intention was not to have an obvious oak influence on the aroma and flavour profile of the wine. Blended and bottled in January of 2023, The Sauvignon Blanc will be drinking well for another one to four years.
Light straw in colour, the nose shows restrained passion fruit accents accompanied by banana and a hint of stone fruit. A lithe palate with plenty of citrus zing with guava and subtle toast notes leading into a long, crisp finish.
Alcohol – 13.0% by volume Residual sugar – 1.2 g/L
Total Acidity – 6.41 g/L Volatile Acidity – 0.68 g/L
pH – 3.19 Sulphur Dioxide – 130 mg/L Total; 27 mg/L Free
Reviews (The Sauvignon Blanc 2021)
Score 94 James Suckling
You could mistake this for a top Sancerre. A fragrant sauvignon blanc with a very wide spectrum of aromas ranging from fresh garden herbs to passion fruit and pineapple via pink grapefruit. Succulent and very elegant with tons of wet stone character on the long extremely vibrant finish. Vinified in used barriques and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
Score 94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Erin Larkin)
The aromas of the 2021 The Sauvignon Blanc are mouthwatering—spring sugar snap peas, green apple, a hint of cucumber, brine and field mushroom. In the mouth, all of the mouthwatering, juicy characters are unchained and run riot across the tongue. It is concentrated, balanced and textural, the oak sublimated into the fruit. Unreal. It underwent wild fermentation in seasoned French barriques, with five months' élevage and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Score 93 James Halliday Wine Companion (Ned Goodwin MW)
A delicious wine, managing to bridle sophistication with a crunchy unravelling of guava, greengage, hedgerow and fennel. Mid weighted and textural. The wild ferment in oak, imparting complexity and the x-factor that sauvignon never attains without it