Will Taylor Wines


2006 Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

Although our sauvignon blancs have been very successful over the years, this year we endeavoured to take the wine to another plane by moving higher up the Adelaide Hills.  Previously the fruit has come from a vineyard in Kuitpo; in 2006, we contracted an excellent vineyard in Lenswood, the premier sub-region of the Adelaide Hills for sauvignon blanc.

We are still keen to maintain the same textural style.  Being very much a restaurant brand, our wines have to be “food friendly”, which can be difficult with sauvignon blanc.  Therefore, we fermented 7.5% of the wine in a new Vosges barrel and stirred the lees once per week for 3 weeks.  A small portion of pressings was also added for additional complexity.

The wine is very pale straw in colour.  Gentle wafts of gooseberry and herbs, with a tropical note.  Subtle nose, rather than an assertive, commercial style.

Creamy texture on the palate, with gooseberry, banana and herbal characters.  Persistent finish with good acidity cutting the richness of the wine.

Our sauvignon blancs tend to age well under their screw caps.  We prefer them with 2 to 3 years of development in the bottle and they will cellar for 6 or 7 years.

Unlike most “new world” sauvignon blancs, a good food wine.  Particularly good with tomato-based seafood dishes, with or without some spice.

The WineSauvignon Blanc
Harvest Date24 March 2006
Bottling Date18 December 2006
Oak7.5% fermented in new French oak.
Altitude340 m
SoilSandstone over rich red clay
Average rainfall1000 mm
Sunshine hours per day8.5
Heat Degrees Days1270