2013 Lenswood Coralinga Sauvignon Blanc

Pale straw with green hues. A beautiful, fragrant and lifted bouquet of citrus blossom, white currants and tropical fruits with a hint of gooseberry, nashi pear and caraway seeds. The focused palate shows pear skin, tropical fruit, lime and crushed herb flavours, with excellent balance and crisp, fresh acidity that provides a deliciously long finish.

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2013 Lenswood Coralinga Sauvignon Blanc

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The 2013 harvest was expected to be early, with the Easter full moon very close to the autumn equinox, and sure enough budburst started early in spring 2012 with green shoots emerging in the first week of September suggesting this would be so. All varieties woke to a cool and mild spring, with cabernet the last to greet the sun on October 1. A snow flurry in early October led into a mild November, with warm days and nights providing excellent conditions for flowering. Set was excellent across all varieties. Spring was conspicuous for its dryness but thankfully frost free, and as summer approached the vines developed beautifully balanced canopies and rain was just a distant memory. It was not to rain again until the end of harvest, seven dry months that produced a green drought. As harvest time approached, it was abundantly clear that 2013 was going to be exceptional in terms of yield and quality across all varieties - a rare thing in the lofty airs of Lenswood, where weather events usually dictate terms that are best described as challenging! Chardonnay and riesling were fabulous, as too were sauvignon blanc, gewürztraminer, pinot gris, merlot and cabernet. Lenswood does not give up her fruit easily but every now and then she tosses a furtive glance your way and delivers the unexpected. The 2013 harvest will be remembered as near perfection in a year of snow and drought, truly a rare and exceptional vintage.

In the Bottle

Vintage 2013
Grape Variety 100% sauvignon blanc grown on Henschke’s Archer’s Vineyard at Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills.
Technical Details Harvest Date: 5-14 March | Alcohol: 13% | pH: 3.17 | Acidity: 6.0g/L
Maturation Fermented in tank and bottled post-vintage (no oak or tank maturation) to preserve the wine’s aromatic fruit characters.
Background This sauvignon blanc is a tribute to the historic Coralinga homestead and apple orchard that was destroyed by bushfires in the early 1900s. The homestead was situated close by Henschke’s Lenswood property in the heart of the South Mount Lofty Ranges. At 550m, Lenswood has higher rainfall and humidity at the right time of the year, cooler temperatures to retain high natural acidity, and still enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes. The exotic aromatic qualities of the sauvignon blanc reflect the exceptional site of these vineyards and the suitability of this variety to the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills region.
Cellaring Potential Exceptional vintage, 5+ years (from vintage).

Vintage 2013. 17 April 2014, Ray Jordan, West Australian

This is a light and tropical style of savvy with some distinctive snow pea and canned-pea characters. Quite clean and pure with a crisp, clean finish. Some phenolic edge on the palate. It’s a nice wine. Has a slightly slaty character on the palate, with a longish palate finish. Has good texture and finish to it.

Vintage 2013. 9 April 2014, Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser

Subtitled with its specific subdistrict of Lenswood, this all-sauvignon beauty has its typical tropical bouquet. But it is more restrained than many with prettier, savoury elements adding finer and tighter aromatics that flow on to the palate as well think lime zest and kitchen herbals. And again the textural feel has a crunchy acidity that evolves to stone, slate and minerals in the finish. Excellent.

Vintage 2012. April/May 2014, James Halliday, Wine Companion

Pale straw-green; a seductively crafted sauvignon blanc, with its seamless mix of grassy/herbal/tropical passionfruit aromas and flavours, and in particular its crisp, crunchy, lively finish...

Vintage 2012. September 2013, Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald

A crisp, racy wine with freshness and vitality. Nettle, radish and pepper aromas and the taste is crisp and dry with refreshing acidity. Lean and refined with good length. The varietal character is subtle compared with its Kiwi cousins, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Drink now 12.5 per cent alcohol.

Vintage 2010. January 2012, Fergus McGhie, Canberra Times

Bright crunchy and fresh. It's like a mouthful of red delicious apples and guava juice. It also has a clean dry finish

Vintage 2010. April 2011, Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury

Bursting with sweet, aromatic passionfruit and tropical fruit flavours, vibrant acidity, freshly cut grass characters and a crisp, clean finish.

Vintage 2010. May 2011, West Australian

It’s restrained and pure with a keen minerally thread. This was an early vintage in the Adelaide Hills, so the acid is finer and crisp, providing an excellent backbone and lifted thread.

Vintage 2010. June 2011,Tyson Stelzer, WBM Wine 100

Coralinga leads out confident, extroverted, zesty and fruity, then switches mode to more serious and contemplative. Structure, honed and mineral.

Vintage 2009. September 2009, Nick Stock, Wine 100

Fresh herbs and bright citrus, an all-round set of Hills Sauvignon characters with decent intensity. The palate has bracing tangy acidity and a really crisp, assertive side to it. Nice concentration here, this has really punchy appeal. 92 Points.

Vintage 2007. James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2009

Clean, fresh aromas of citrus blossom and passionfruit; builds nicely on the palate and fruit driven finish. 94 points.

Vintage 2007. October 2008, Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Vivid lemon and lime aromas are complemented by fresh-cut grass and pungent herbs, with a suave mineral undertone. Clean and brisk, with nervy citrus and underripe melon flavours giving way to orange and pear with air. Manages to be racy and seductive at once, finish with bright minerality and very good length.

Vintage 2006. February 2007, Jeremy Oliver, Wine Star

The bouquet is exotic with lifted zesty gooseberry notes, tropical monstera and fejoa fruit with lantana, grassiness, mineral and mussel shell hints. The rich crisp palate shows, nice minerality and excellent intensity and length, excellent vintage.

Vintage 2005. July 2006, Australian Gourmet Wine Traveller

An impressive wine arguably Henschke's best sauvignon yet, with pungent herbal, pepper, lime juice, lightly sweaty aromas. The powerful palate has unusual concentration and length for this variety. Clean,dry finish. Lovely.

Vintage 2004. November 2005, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2004 Coralinga is a zesty, medium-bodied effort displaying notes of figs, melons, and freshly mowed grass in a tart, lemony personality.