Sauvignon Blanc is NOT just for Summer
Not just a summer wine.....
There is no need to leave Sauvignon Blanc out in the cold this winter. Its fresh, crisp fruit driven characters, can been enjoyed anytime of the year. Whilst early drinking (fruit-driven) Sauvignon Blanc still remains the largest selling white varietal wine in the market, subtle use of oak and longer aging before bottle can produce a wine with more subtle fruit characters and mid palate texture.
For the past 10 years Oakdene has produced two contrasting styles of Sauvignon Blanc, from the fresh, fruity and zesty to a food-friendly, lightly oaked European style.
With our Jessica Sauvignon, we’re seeking texture, balance, restrained fruit and a long length of palate, which we achieve through barrel-fermentation and the use of older oak to mature the wine. This style can age, and match a broad range of foods. It was in 2008 that we decided to put a small portion of our sauvignon blanc into French oak, to create something different to the more fruit-driven styles in the market, and it’s now one of our most successful wines.
Oakdene's Sauvignon Blancs are fresh and bright with abundant fruit and they are easy to drink. In general, these wines are also lower in alcohol and pair well with an array of dishes.
There is really never a better time to enjoy these wines!
2019 Bellarine Peninsula Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw with a green tinge and a fragrant bouquet of tropical fruits, citrus, green pea and green bean. Highly expressive palate of fresh tropical fruits, and citrus notes. Firm crunchy acidity offering balance and a long finish. Hand harvested Sauvignon Blanc was crushed and pressed into stainless steel tank. Fermented at 13 degrees C for 14 days, with lees contact post ferment for 2 months, then fined, filtered and bottled in October 2019 to retain fresh fruit driven characters. Best consumed young while expressing the fresh fruit driven characters of the variety.
2018 Oakdene Single Vineyard Jessica Sauvignon
Pale straw with a green tinge and a lifted bouquet of green tropical fruits and citrus with subtle nutty aromas derived from barrel fermentation. Abundant guava and pink grapefruit, vanilla and a mineral edge, with oak adding texture to the mid palate. Citrussy acidity adding precision, focus and length. Enjoy now, or cellar for the next 4 years, to gain mid palate weight and complexity.
94 points - Halliday Wine Companion
'Hand-picked, crushed, pressed to French barriques (15% new) for cultured yeast fermentation and 8 months maturation. High quality estate fruit, matched by skilled winemaking. This is a wine of real quality and stamina, its citrussy acidity driving the long palate and aftertaste.'