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2016 Brancott Estate Limited Edition ‘Reflection’ Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Gris, Marlborough

Score: 94/100

To celebrate the installation of a monumental piece of art by New York-based designer, Dror Benshetrit, in its historic Brancott Vineyard, famous New Zealand producer Brancott Estate crafted this Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc called ‘Reflection’.

Dror’s volumetric sculpture fusing art and science and tittle ‘Under/standing’, now stands proudly in the vineyard where the winery first planted Marlborough’s first Sauvignon Blanc back in 1973, facing its modern Heritage Centre facility.

The packaging of this Limited Edition bottle reflects the cutting-edge and intricate geometry of Dror’s Art.

The grapes for this wine were hand-harvested,  then very gently pressed. The must was fermented using indigenous yeast (wild) before a “careful use of oak” as the winery puts it.

Brancott also describes its Reflection Limited Edition craft as “inspired by the great white wines of Bordeaux, where Sauvignon Blanc is often blended with Semillon or Sauvignon Gris and barrel-aging used to deliver a rich, age-worthy wine style. Here we have blended Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris; both varieties pioneered in the region by Brancott Estate, and both perfectly suited to Marlborough’s growing conditions“.

Tasting Notes

This Kiwi Sauv Blanc comes in a solid lemon-yellow color, of medium intensity but with delicate shiny orange hues giving its appearance depth and appeal.

The nose is captivating, right from the first smell!

Take a small first sniff, and you’re transported straight away in a universe of tropical fruits and notes of baking. Delicate ripe passion fruit coulis, is combined with dried pineapple and floral aromas of lily, the whole coated with very subtle buttery sour dough brioche scents. I think there is a hint of vanilla too, as well as elegant mixed spices such as nutmeg, and certainly a touch of ginger.

So, like a delicate ginger bread cover in pineapple and fresh passion fruit coulis this Sauvignon Blanc-Sauvignon Gris blend smells like, if that makes any sense, and if you can picture the aromas that would come out of such a bake!

See it in Video:

The palate follows suit. It continues to make you travel in this universe of delicacies and tempting flavors. This is a dry wine, but bringing such a smooth and round texture, combined with sweet-tasting flavors, that the mineral and crisp acidity is perfectly balanced.

Flavors of sweet-spices scented honey, doughy brioche, walnut, apricot and pineapple are the dominant tones.

Pungent and powerful it certainly is, but all flavors are delivered harmoniously with a complex and layered impression. The notes of ageing on lees, those of brioche, honey, and toasted nuts, are amazingly and intricately combined with the primary floral and fruity elements. The whole forms an undefinably enjoyable experience.

The wine, full of acidic tension and fruity opulence, delivers a vibrant and crisp finish, with a touch of salivating saltiness, the mark of great terroir-driven wines that not only enchant while you’re tasting them, but imprint your senses with the temptation and the necessity to go for another sip and experience the tasting pleasure again.

Overall

A rather stunning and fascinating expression of the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Brancott Estate has found and provided here, most probably helped in that by the more tempered Sauvignon Gris, which adds —I would guess— a fair share of tropical notes and contributes to the wine’s overall smoothness.

Dry and mineral, very pungent as well, as we expect from the Marlborough style, this Limited Edition blend brings in ripeness of fruit character, and a layered complexity from a perfectly controlled ageing on lees, for a harmonious and immense rich whole.

‘Reflection’ Sauv Blanc-Sauv Gris somewhat has the tropical exuberance of a Botrytis wine —like a Sauternes—, plus the depth and layers of nutty/doughy notes of a vintage Champagne, yet not having compromised with its roots and the mineral expression of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

A real master-piece from Marlborough, worth discovering…

Enjoy 😊

Julien Miquel

Learn more about Brancott Estate Winery with our Brancott Estate producer profile:

Brancott Estate Heritage Centre Marlborough New Zealand Sunset

Brancott Reflection Ltd Edition Pinot Noir Label Images

Pinot Grigio Wine From the Pinot Gris Grape

Pinot Grigio is the Italian name for Pinot Gris wine. This wine is made from grapes that range in color from bluish gray to pinkish gray which is where they get their name. In fact, clusters of grapes on the same vine can be of different colors.

The grapes have varying levels of sweetness, which tends to dissipate as the grapes ripen. There are different names for the grapes and thus the wine made from them depending on the country in which they are grown. In Burgundy they are known as Pinot Beurot, In Germany, they are called Rulander, not to be confused with Riesling (wineaccess/wine/grape/Riesling/).

The main area for production of Pinot Grigio is the Fruili region of Italy. There are also sizeable vineyards in Alsace, France and Oregon in the US. In Alsace, this grape is known as the Tokay d’Alsace and the wine has a very distinctive flavour. The Italian variety from Fruili has the best taste of all, perhaps due to the attention given to the growing and vinifying processes.

The typical flavor of the wine is delicately fragrant and has a slight lemon taste. However, the taste does depend on the wine making process used and can range from tangy to light and can be full-bodied. You can also get flavors of this wine that taste of pears, melons and tropical fruits, much like a Sauvignon Blanc (wineaccess/wine/grape/Sauvignon%20Blanc/). The Oregon versions of the wine have mainly tastes of peach and apricots, while those from Germany have a more earthy and austere taste.

The color of Pinot Grigio is usually light yellow in color and the texture is very smooth. It works well with cheese and fruit trays and with foods that are high in acidity because of the high acidic taste of the wine itself. This is a very simple wine that can be a very refreshing drink on a hot summer day. Because of its simplicity it is often overlooked for use at events and with meals. In Alsace it is most often paired with desserts or rich tasting foods. As a rule, it is mainly a cocktail wine.

Some of the most popular brands of Pinot Grigio are:

• Graffigna. This wine comes from the wineries of the San Juan region of Argentina and very closely resembles the Pinot Grigio of Alsace with its peach and pear aroma.

• Villa del Borgo. This wine has a fine, silky and succulent taste with a hint of fresh cream. It is inexpensive, but has the taste of a really expensive wine that you can have as an aperitif.

• Di Lenardo. Direct from Fruili, Italy, the home of Pinot Grigio, this wine has a crisp and refreshing taste. It is the perfect choice for relaxing at the end of the day.

• Villa Girardi. Produced in Venetto, Italy, this brand will give you a Venetian style of Pinot Grigio. It has a medium body and an aromatic flavour that just lends itself to use at a wine and cheese event.

• Jean-Baptists Adam. These wines from Alsace have a tendency to stimulate your appetite. They are the perfect choice as cocktails before dinner so that your guests will really enjoy the cuisine you prepare.

• Terlano. If you want a Pinot Grigio wine for sipping while you have stimulating conversation, this wine from Alto Adige, Italy, has the taste of minerals and lemon. It is the perfect wine to accompany seafood dishes.