Airlie Bank Blanc 2015

This is a light and airy sauvignon blanc from Punt Road’s Airlie Bank label.  The website refers only to the F4V6 clone rather than the grape variety itself, proving I suspect more cryptic than intended.  Fermentation and maturation took place in wine bladders on skins.  The wine then saw some oak for a month and was racked, roughly filtered and then bottled.  All rather swift, with little intervention.  In the glass, it seems more of a Loire Valley than a local style, with its aromatics of wet wool, lees and lemon.  The palate is light bodied, balanced and has some length and substance.  It’ll appeal to those looking for a lighter sav blanc style with a few twists.  Good

Abv: 10.5%, Price: $22, Source: sample, Vendors and website:, Tasted: 2015

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