Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc 2020

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Tasting Notes

90 Points Wine Spectator: Fragrant and fresh, with lemongrass and celery leaf details on a light, fresh frame, with plenty of pops of flavor from the intense ruby grapefruit and lime sherbet notes. Drink now.


Three Brooms is Barker’s Marque’s single estate wine. They had thought the wines would be called Barker's Marque, but friends and customers convinced them otherwise.  Three Brooms is the culmination of years of Barker family tradition.  From 1888, their Grandfather Charles' horse-drawn tea cart served first tea and then beer to the race goers at Epsom Downs racecourse in England. The Three brooms (or besoms) were first lashed to the front of a tented pub in 1918 and became a landmark for 20 years. The family hospitality tradition is kept alive by Three Brooms.  The family vineyard is half a mile from the sea in Marlborough, New Zealand.  Simon Barker, the winemaker, lives there and his wife is the viticulturalist.  Brother Ed Barker lives and works in Marblehead on Boston’s North Shore; he imports the wine into the U.S.

This single vineyard wine is planted on clay soil in the Blind River area of Marlborough. It is intended to be genuinely aromatic and fresh, with subtler fruit, minerality, and delicacy and elegance not found in the other two Sauvignon Blanc offerings from Barker’s Marque. 2020 was a dry vintage; the driest since the first vines Barker’s Marque planted in 2004 with only an inch of rain from December to April. The plants coped fabulously and with very solid temperatures throughout the season growth was steady and strong. Some patchy weather at flowering led to an imperfect set but the plants adjusted well and ripened the fruit nicely.

The Barker’s Marque Wines are certified under the Sustainable Wine Growing program, which means that vineyard, winemaking and bottling are certified sustainable. The grapes are fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel. Extended lees contact and battonage help bring the Sauvignon Blanc aromas and flavors out.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Chicken/Turkey, East Asian (Chinese/Japanese/Korean), Fish (white), Green Salads, Hors d'oeuvres, Just for Cocktailing, Perfect Aperitif Wine, Shellfish, Sushi, Tapas, Thai or Vietnamese, Vegetables

New Zealand , Marlborough
Grape Varietal:
Sauvignon Blanc
$17.00 each
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