Guthrie Obtenu Bois Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (Adelaide Hills, SA)
12.5%, Screwcap, $27
Obtenu Bois means ‘with wood’ in French but it sounds like one of those word games where if you put the letters in a different way you spell something naughty…
This comes from Hugh Guthrie, who quit his day job making wine at The Lane to craft wines like this. Good move Hugh.
For all that winemaking this looks fresh as a daisy, ultra-clear and bright, the nose snappy and intense if ultra tight, showing just the barest hints of barrel. Minimalist. A tight and tangy palate too that I mistakenly drank too cool, its lemony, mealy and straddling fruit and acid to finish.
Despite the backward nature this is clearly a pretty fine Savvy – more like a good fumé than a Bordeaux Blanc, needing just more time in bottle to fill out.
Tasted: October 2014
Score: 18/20, 93/100+
Would I buy it? Only if I could wait a year before drinking.
Buy online: Guthrie Wines website