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Awards

Silver medal – 2012 Air NZ Wine Awards
Silver medal – 2012 Marlborough Wine Show

GRAPES

100% Sauvignon Blanc

DISTRICT OF ORIGIN OF GRAPES

Marlborough with the majority of fruit coming from our home vineyard Serendipty Estate in the Waihopai Valley.

VINIFICATION

The fruit was predominantly machine harvested and the juice cold settled, racked and inoculated with a variety of yeast cultures – some to accentuate aromatics, others to bring a textural component. Ferments were largely untouched allowing the fruit to express itself, and the wine remained on yeast lees post fermentation to build an extra textural element. A small amount of fruit was hand harvested, whole bunch pressed and run to new oak puncheons for hot fermentaion, adding a layer of richness and complexity to the palate.

ANALYSIS

  • Alcohol 13.0%
  • pH 3.30
  • Acid 8.5g/L
  • Sugar 2.5 g/L

COLOUR

Pale straw/lemon

NOSE

Bright and powerful with a mixture of exotic, tropical fruits, citrus and an alpine herbal note particular to our home vineyard Serendipity Estate.

PALATE

Rich and round, and framed by a clean acid freshness, the palate exudes flavours of passionfruit pith, citrus and a crunchy flintiness. Flavour persistence is a hallmark of the wine.

FOOD MATCH

Enjoy with citrus-dressed salads, aromatic seafood and light poultry dishes.

WINEMAKERS COMMENTS

2012 proved to be a season of great contrasts; a cool cloudy Summer resulting in poor flowering and therefore light crops, was followed by a spectacularly sunny and crisp Autumn allowing for maximum aromatic development and flavour concentration. As always with Catalina Sounds, we have allowed the fruit to fully express itself and added an extra layer of interest via a small amount of oak fermentation and aging on yeast lees, to coax out the interesting textural elements of the wine.

Peter Jackson – Winemaker

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Reviews

Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly Edition 102, 21st January 2013

92 Points

A refined and pretty sauvignon with lemon blossom and guava aromas and a palate of tangy passionfruit, lime zest and subtle green pea notes. It finishes long, clean and zesty, with a vibrant acid line. A value offering in the vast Marlborough sauvignon category. Drink: 2012-2013.

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