2016 New Zealand International Wine Competition
2016 San Francisco Wine Competition
100% Marlborough with approximately 50% from our home Sound of White, Waihopai Valley Vineyard. The balance has come from our favourite grower blocks in Fairhall, Rapaura and Spring Creek.
The 2015/16 growing season was again warm and dry with ideal flowering conditions through late November and December 2015. As a result, potential vineyard yields were higher than average and necessitated plenty of work through the second half of the growing season to bring the vines back into balance and ensure fruit ripening in a timely fashion.
Fruit that went into the 2016 wine was harvested in a relatively brief 10 day window from April 1st 2016. As always with Catalina Sounds, we have allowed the fruit to tell its story and added extra layers of interest via
a small amount of oak fermentation, extended aging (unsulphured) on yeast lees post ferment, and for the
first time trialled ‘full solids’ tank ferments to provide an additional dimension both aromatically and texturally. The result is a wine with a punchier nose than preceding years whilst maintaining the Catalina house style of delivering a textured and rich palate balanced with fruit precision and focus. Aromatically, the wine displays attractive grapefruit and white currant notes, with tropical fruits and crushed herbs in support and a perfectly balanced palate finishing refreshingly long and mouth watering.
Alcohol: 13.0 Ph: 3.24 Acid: 7.1 Sugar: 1.4g/L
Great with fresh seafood, summer salads or grilled vegetables and goats cheese
4 STARS – WINESTATE MAGAZINE
Fleshy, generous wine, estate grown in the Waihopai Valley (50%) and at other sites in the Wairau Valley, and partly barrel-fermented. Aromatic and sweet-fruited, with a touch of complexity and good acidity and length.