Essentially a second label for Vavasour, the 2010 Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc displays restrained gooseberry aromas that turn tropical and citrusy on the palate. Turns a bit chalky or metallic on the finish, but it’s still a solid wine, and some may like the edge that sharp note provides.
Vavsour’s entry-level brand goes by the name of Dashwood, and offers a light, crisp introduction to NZ Sauvignon Blanc. Aggressively herbal on the nose at first, it tones down to yield grassy citrusy flavors and a focused finish.
Already showing signs of aging, this modest Pinot features herb-infelected strawberry flavors to go with slightly earthy, meaty aromas. It's a bit lean and thins out on the finish. Drink yesterday.
This is a tart, lean, somewhat ungenerous Pinot Noir, but one that still manages to deliver an attractive, creative tension between its earthy, composty aromas and bright cranberry fruit.