Eradus Sauvignon Blanc 2013: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
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.
Brilliant straw-yellow colour with pale green-gold hues. This has a powerful, tightly concentrated and rich nose with an amalgam of gooseberries, grass, herbs and passionfruit with a steely, minerally edge. Dry to taste, concentrated flavours of gooseberries and passionfruit are driven by slippery and racy acidity. The flavours flow smoothly, the palate integrated and harmonious in mouthfeel. This has excellent clarity and purity of expression, showing detailed nuances of grass and minerals, and the wine has a very long and sustained finish with concentrated gooseberry fruit. Sleek and harmonious, this is a concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with flavour detail and minerality.