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Suhru Wines Sauvignon Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Suhru Wines Sauvignon Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Australia-born local winemaker Russell Hearn is perhaps best known for his time at Pellegrini Vineyards or maybe for his work today at Lieb Cellars where he is making some of the region’s best value wines. But you may not realize just how busy he is.

Hearn also has a label of his own, T’Jara Vineyards, under which he makes elegant North Fork reds. But today we’ll focus on the Suhru Wines brand he co-owns with his wife Susan, who also lends the “Su” to the label’s name.

Our wine of the week is Suhru 2016 Sauvignon Blanc ($18), one of the rare sub-$20 local sauvignon blancs worth seeking out.

Made entirely in stainless steel, it’s citrusy on the nose with lemon and grapefruit aromas accented by notes of gooseberry, lemongrass and fresh-cut grass.

Medium-light bodied and featuring great acidity on the finish, this is a zesty, herb-tinged sauvignon blanc that might be the closest thing you’ll find locally to the New Zealand style. The gooseberry and grapefruit flavors are front and center with just a bit of passionfruit toward the dry, crisp finish.

It’s available online and at The Winemaker Studio in Peconic.

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