Tasmania and the Yarra Valley are the two places I rate the most highly these days when it comes to Australian Sauvignon Blanc. I’d have the Yarra in front but I suspect that’s because a few producers (Out of Step, De Bortoli etc) actually seem to put a bit of effort into their expressions.
The intent is clear in this example from Bay of Fires although winemaker input is subtle and adroit. Punchy fruit. Guava, apple, passionfruit and lemon with flourishes of nettles and herbs. The mid-palate offers a creamed rice texture which is the perfect counterpoint to the fine yet bracing acidity which tethers the wine. Very gentle oak influence. The finish is steely and minerally. A very good rendition indeed. 91
Tasted: January 2014