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2022 Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc

6 x 750ml
Youthful, varietal and enticing bouquet of fresh peach and apple, grapefruit, vanilla spice and some new French wood qualities. Very good weight and texture on the palate with flavours of citrus and orchard fruits, a decent acid line and fine wood tannins bring together mouthfeel, texture and length. Salivating, refreshing, new and great drinking from mid to late 2023 through 2028+.(2021 Vintage) Cameron Douglas MS Read more
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Cameron Douglas MS

Youthful, varietal and enticing bouquet of fresh peach and apple, grapefruit, vanilla spice and some new French wood qualities. Very good weight and texture on the palate with flavours of citrus and orchard fruits, a decent acid line and fine wood tannins bring together mouthfeel, texture and length. Salivating, refreshing, new and great drinking from mid to late 2023 through 2028+.(2021 Vintage) Cameron Douglas MS

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James Suckling

Fresh aromas of green apples, rosemary, wet stone and sliced lemons. Medium-bodied with juicy texture. Succulent and bright with a solid core of apple and citrus fruit. Tasty stuff. Drink now. Screw cap (2021 Vintage) jamessuckling.com, 5 October 2022

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Bob Campbell MW - The Real Review

Bright, vibrant chardonnay with green apple, lime, oyster shell, vanilla. roast chestnut and spicy oak flavours. Crisp, bone-dry wine that is good now but should become mellower and more integrated with bottle age. (2021 Vintage) Bob Campbell MW

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Tasting Notes

AROMA: Preserved citrus, elderflower, subtle tropical fruit and a touch of Jalapeño create enticing aromatics. PALATE: Beautiful intensity of flavour from start to finish, with crisp and juicy minerality, medium fruit weight and threaded together with a fine line of texture. A reflection of excellent vineyards and winemaking style in a challenging season.

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Winemakers Note

The 21/22 season is one for the books. Winter rains replenished parched soils and broke a three-year drought. A warm and wet winter continued into spring, bringing lush growth to the vines, a perfect flowering and an abundance of fruit. January was warm and dry, and decisions to reduce yields on almost every block ensured quality was the driver. This was beneficial as February saw a significant rain event, followed by cool weather, slowing ripening and retaining acids. March was near perfect weather wise, other than several days of evening rain. What could have been an early harvest, came just in time. Fruit had concentration of flavour and vibrancy. A slow start on the 11th March finished swiftly with Sauvignon Blanc on the 6th of April. Preserved citrus, elderflower, subtle tropical fruit and a touch of Jalapeño create enticing aromatics. Beautiful intensity of flavour from start to finish, with crisp and juicy minerality, medium fruit weight and threaded together with a fine line of texture. A reflection of excellent vineyards and winemaking style in a challenging season.

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