There's no shortage of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc's currently available in Australia, however few have impressed us as much as this offering from Eradus. Eradus is located in the Awartere Valley, a distinct sub-region of Marlborough, that is cooler and more exposed to the sea than the Wairau Valley, with harvest dates up to two weeks later.
The 2019 Eradus Sauvignon Blanc displays a powerful, tightly concentrated and rich nose with a collection of gooseberries, grass, herbs and passionfruit with a steely, minerally edge. Dry in the mouth, the concentrated flavours of gooseberries and passionfruit are driven by slippery and racy acidity.
"93/100. The wine is fabulously fruited and lifted on the nose showing passionfruit, kiwifruit, peach and lime zest characters. It is equally impressive on the palate with excellent purity and vibrancy backed by fine texture and refreshing acidity, finishing superbly long and delicious. At its best: now to 2022. $17.00. Aug 2019." Drink 2018 - 2021" - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.
Har and Sophie Eradus emigrated from Holland to New Zealand in the early '80s and settled in the Marlborough wine region. Today there are twelve hectares of mainly Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir vineyards, the most impressive of which are planted on undulating, stony terraces along the Awatere river valley.
Closer to the ocean than much of the Marlborough wine region, the Awatere’s warm days, cool nights and dry, sunny climate are key to the luminous flavour intensity, elegant minerality and fresh acidities of Eradus’ distinctive wines. The Eradus estate is now run by son Michiel, whose affable, easy-going demeanour belies a fierce perfectionist focused on pushing every boundary in pursuit of quality and balance, the Eradus mantra.
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