2004 Sauvignon Blanc
The 2004 growing season was free from extremes of temperature. January was unusually cool whilst February was warmer than average. Autumn was beautiful with no significant rain to upset the harvest. Sauvignon blanc was picked on the 7th and 8th of April. Yields, whilst a little above average were not excessive and grape thinning was not needed. The grapes from each of our three Sauvignon vineyards were were ripe and full of flavour, with high acid levels and intense fruit. As usual no added acid was necessary to balance the flavours. This results from the high natural acid levels found in our mature, low yield vines at Lenswood.
Aroma: Fresh gooseberry and tropical fruit nose with a hint of herb and cut grass. Fragrant and lifted with understated power.
Colour: Pale straw with a light green tinge.
Palate: Intensely flavoured with the fruit elements apparent on the nose carrying through to the palate. Ripe fruit with richness on the middle palate and a lingering finish. A mineral note adds a savoury edge to the palate.
Region: Lenswood, Adelaide Hills
Variety: Sauvignon blanc
Oak Maturation: None
pH: 2.99 | Alcohol: 13.2% | TA: 7.5 g/L
Winemaking: Crush, destem, gently air bag press. Clear settle juice and cold ferment to dryness. Our approach is to retain the fresh aromatics of the fruit and not to generate any harsh extractives which produce coarsness on the palate.
Cellaring: At its vibrant peak in the first two years but, following the pattern of previous vintages, will develop the mineral character of classically aged Sauvignon over a decade or so.
Food Suggestion: Ideal with seafood but can be enjoyed with a wide range of foods or on its own.
Serving Suggestion: Cool to cold. Best between 5 and 10°C.
Closure: We have sealed our Sauvignon with a screw cap which helps retain the fruit intensity and freshness and guarantees the wine will age well.
REVIEWS FOR THE 2004 SAUVIGNON BLANC
92 points. Four and a half stars. Palest straw-green; clean, fresh and crisp; delicate fruit yet to express itself
2006 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
QUALITY 4 1/2 glasses=a marvellous wine that is so close to the top it almost doesn’t matter
VALUE 3 STARS=Fair is fair, this is a win-win exchange for buyer and maker This typifies the Weaver sauvignon blanc style; its not a simple tropical type of sauvignon, nor is it one of those green, super-grassy examples. Instead there’s a bit of complexity and interest. The nose has blackcurrant, herb and stone fruit aromas, and the palate is smooth without any sharp edges. It finishes dry, minerally and somehow more substantial than its peers. Try it with whitebait fritters
Huon Hooke & Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2005/06,
3 stars Delicately fragrant tropical fruit nose with a grassy undertone. Subtler fruit flavour with a mineral note.
Pure, precise and crystalline.
James Lawther, Decanter, May 2005