Thousand Candles Gathering Field Sauvignon Blanc 12pk 2021
The story of a Thousand Candles is one of a unique and beautiful Yarra Valley site, and the careful custodianship of the vigneron Stuart Proud. Together this has created a range of exquisite, handcrafted Estate wines that are fine, pure and delicious. A focus on Pinot Noir, grown with a holistic and biological, minimal intervention approach. These wines are refined and timeless.
Thousand Candles Gathering Field Sauvignon Blanc 2021
From winemaker Stuart Proud: “The fruit was destemmed and left on skins for 4 days to pick up flavour, texture and complexity. The fruit was then gently pressed. Half the juice was fermented in a stainless steel tank at a cool temperature to enhance fruit characters. Half was fermented on light lees in older hogheads to enhance texture and mouth feel.”
Varietal character has been de-emphasised, but not at the expense of flavour. This is quite lovely. Slate, apple and passionfruit with a spicy, smoky, floral edge. It has good bite, ample-but-not-overdone texture, a steely/slatey feel and sound length. It’s good buying, and drinking – the latter of which we don’t say of too many sauvignon blancs.
Rating: 92 Points
Source: Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront