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A cool flowering and drought summer for Marlborough resulted in low crops and fruit with excellent concentration of flavour. The 2015 wine has a restrained yet powerful aromatic mix of nectarine, peach and citrus entwined with greener herbal elements and toasty oak. The palate is rich yet precise, carrying these flavours to a long, textural finish

GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION

100% Waihopai Valley, Marlborough

VINEYARD

Fruit exclusively sourced from a 3Ha block at our home Sound of White vineyard in the Waihopai Valley. Pruned to 2 canes and cropped at 9T/Ha, the vineyard was strictly managed through the growing season to ensure fruit of the highest quality could be hand picked on 31st March and 2nd April 2015.

WINEMAKING

A very simple process in that the grapes are whole bunch pressed with no additions, allowed to settle for 12 hours, and then the cloudy juice is run to large 4000L and 5700L French oak foudres for uninoculated fermentation. 2 new oak puncheons were also filled for fermentation. The wine then sat on heavy lees until February 2016, when it was sulphured and prepped for bottling.

ANALYSIS

Alcohol: 13.1% Ph: 3.16
Acid: 7.5 Sugar: 1.5g/L

CELLARING POTENTIAL

While drinking beautifully now, I believe it should easily last until 2020.

FOOD MATCH

A great match with hearty seafood dishes, poultry and even pork.

Peter Jackson – Winemaker



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Reviews

WINESTATE MAGAZINE

4 1/2 STARS

Tightly structured and youthful, this richly scented wine was mostly handled in tanks. 5% of the blend was barrel-fermented. Moyth lling, it is crisp, with intense, vibrant melon, lime and capsicum avours, showing a touch of complexity, and excellent delicacy and length.

WINDSOR DOBBIN

A beautifully rounded and complex sauvignon with a small percentage of the fruit barrel fermented in quality French oak. That adds palate interest and weight to wine that also boasts all the traditional tropical fruit, herbaceous and inty characters. This is powerful but lively; a step above in terms of complexity and texture.

CAMPBELL MATTINSON

Straight-up Marlborough savvy from Catalina Sounds. Pale colour. Straightforward offering of pippy passionfruit and lemongrass avour. Upfront and accessible.

GRAFTON DAILY EXAMINER

8.8/10

Straight-up Marlborough savvy from Catalina Sounds. Pale colour. Straightforward offering of pippy passionfruit and lemongrass avour. Upfront and accessible.