2021 Deep Down Wines Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough, New Zealand
100% organic Sauvignon Blanc. A very rare creation from Marlborough being wild fermented, 100% malolactic and only receiving a touch of sulphur at bottling. Old vines and silty soils (rather than gravels) ensure there is a talcy texture. A long 3 month ferment, malolactic and being raised in 35 year old puncheons means the fruit isn’t high-toned and the acids aren’t shouting. True to its origins but with nuance, drinkability and flow.
90 points, Antonio Galloni's Vinous. "The second vintage of this new label, co-founded by Clive Dougall, formerly of Seresin, this mellow Sauvignon builds on its promising initial effort. Sourced from organic vineyards, about 1/3 of the wine was fermented in used puncheons and this provides a sense of roundness and relaxation to what can sometimes be an uptight variety. You can expect a fine floral scent, reminiscent of violets and honeysuckle allied with apple skin. The finish is more refined compared with the debut release, offering precision and direction on the medium-length, chalky finish."