There are only handful of Sauvignon Blancs in Australia that I would consider “serious.” That’s not to say there’s not quality and consistent SBs across the land, but when you’re charging on the plus side of $25, the weight of expectation hangs heavy. Ross Hill: Carbon neutral, NCOS Certified.
Ross Hill, Pinnacle Series, Sauvignon Blanc, Orange, 2021
30% barrel fermentation in older French oak, everything else in stainless steel for 8 months. Extended lees contact and stirring for palate depth and richness. Creamy, nutty nettle tea, cut grass, passionfruit creme, steel wool, fresh earth, raw radish and limey citrus. An execution of power on display. Creamy, nutty persistence through the mid palate before a vibrant shock pulse of regional acidity. Dry and textured through the long finish, like a parched summer paddock. A worthy inclusion in the conversation of complex Australian SBs.
Rating: 18.25/20 (93/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Ross Hill Wines