Silver Medal @ 2015 Spiegelau International Wine Competition
4.5 Stars @ Winestate Magazine New Releases
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Fruit exclusively coming from the 3Ha ‘D Block’ at our home Sound of White vineyard in the Waihopai Valley, Marlborough.
Hand-picked fruit was whole bunch pressed and the juice minimally settled prior to transfer to large oak vessels (ranging in size from 4000L to 5700L) for warm fermentation. 40% of the wine was un-inoculated while the balance was fermented with cultured yeast. The wine remained unsulphured on lees in oak until Christmas 2014, when it was blended and prepared for bottling in March 2015.
100% matured in large French oak foudres for 9 months.
Sugar 1.1 g/L
Pale straw/lemon with green hues.
Blackcurrent leaf and herbs intertwine with stonefruit, citrus, gentle tropical notes and flinty undertones.
Moderately rich yet possessing a precise acid backbone, the palate is nuanced with blackcurrent leaf, herbs and stonefruits giving way to focused citris flavours with hints of guava, passionfruit and pineapple. Fermentation in oak lends a textural, mouth coating element, while never dominating the fruit flavours.
A great match with fresh seafood, the texture of the wine also allows it to accompany heartier poultry dishes.
The second release of this wine carries forth our ambition of showcasing our favourite
and most interesting parcels of Sauvignon Blanc from our home vineyard in its own wine. Once again, I believe we’ve struck a lovely balance between textural interest and fruit purity in this alternative expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Stylish, single-vineyard wine from the Waihopai Valley, hand-picked and matured for nine months in large French oak foudres. Mouthfilling, fresh and dry, with ripely herbaceous flavours, showing good concentration, subtle oak and lees-aging notes adding complexity, balanced acidity and a finely textured, lingering finish. Drink now or cellar.