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100% Sauvignon Blanc


Marlborough – 75% Southern Valleys, 20% Renwick, 5% Lower Wairau.


Sauvignon Blanc harvest for Catalina Sounds started on 15/3 and was completed by 7/4 in very favourable weather conditions. The majority of fruit was machine harvested and mildly settled prior to tank fermentation, with hazy juice preferred over bright clean juice for fermentation. A variety of yeast cultures were used to inoculate the juices – some to accentuate aromatics, others to bring a textural component to the overall blend. A small volume fermented naturally while 6% of the blend was fermented hot in French oak ranging from 500L through to 5700L foudres. Apart from adjusting temperatures in tank, ferments were largely untouched, allowing the fruit and sites to express themselves as purely as possible. All parcels remained unsulphured on yeast lees for 6-8 weeks post fermentation to aid mouthfeel and build interesting yeast derived nuance into the wine. The parcels fermented in oak were actively stirred for 2 months post fermentation in an attempt to add layers of richness and interest to the wine.


  • 6% fermented hot in new & seasoned French oak puncheons and foudres.


  • Alcohol 13.1%
  • pH 3.20
  • Acid 7.5g/L
  • Sugar 1.7 g/l


Pale straw.


A bright gooseberry lift introduces stonefruits, citrus and tropical fruit elements, with crushed sweet herbs and floral notes in support.


Soft and approachable, with citrus and white stonefruit drive interwoven with tropical fruits and herbal notes. Fruit concentration, lees work and oak use adds texture and nuance, belying its very dry analysis, and the palate finishes soft and long with mouthwatering mineral, salty tones and gentle phenolic grip.


Enjoy with summer salads, grilled vegetables, aromatic seafood dishes and fine asian cuisine.


A naturally high cropping year necessitated plenty of work through the growing season to bring the vines back into balance and ensure fruit ripening in a timely fashion – for this we are greatly appreciative to the growers whose fruit contributed to this wine and to Fraser Brown, who manages our home ‘Sound of White’ vineyard, the major vineyard component of this wine. As always with Catalina Sounds, we have allowed the fruit to tell its story 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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Raymond Chan Wine Review

4 Stars, November 2014

The nose is very elegant, refined and tightly bound with aromatic, pungent passionfruit aromas with fresh lime and herb nuances and minerals at the core. This is refreshing and mouthwatering. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly presented with gentle, lusciously sweet and lively passionfruit flavours. This has a gentle core and line, with very fine textures and soft acidity carrying the flavours to a lingering finish with restrained fruit flavours. This is a tight & elegant Sauvignon Blanc with soft, luscious passionfruit flavours and fine textures. Serve with seafood, salads and vegetables and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years.