2013 vintage wrap

Following on from the 2012 cool and sun-less Summer in New Zealand, 2013 brought a welcome return to form with one of the sunniest Summers on record. Fortunately, the abundant sunshine was not accompanied by high temperatures, making for outstanding, even grape ripening conditions while retaining natural acidity. A very compressed harvest window in Marlborough saw 95% of our fruit come off within the first two weeks of April – a full 2 to 3 weeks ahead of last year but more or less exactly on the long term average.

Crops also returned to more average numbers following the low cropping 2012 harvest with Sauvignon Blanc averaging 13.5T/Ha, Pinot Gris at 9T/Ha and Pinot Noir at 7T/Ha. Fruit across all varieties arrived at the winery in excellent condition, at moderate sugar levels and with good flavour and aromatic intensity. Acids are softer than in 2012 which will result in approachable wines, even at a relatively young age.

Following on from recent years, we continued to trial a range of ferment styles and techniques, edging up the amount of oak we use with our Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and playing with uninoculated ferments as well as a mix of hot, fast, funky ferments and long, slow ferments to increase textural blending components for these two varieties. The Pinot Noirs have density and weight at low alcohols, with plenty of colour, and this could well be the standout variety of the vintage. Time will tell…

Peter Jackson – Winemaker

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Catalina Sounds Pinot Gris wins Gold!

The 2013 Spiegelau International Wine Competition event again resulted in entries from all over the globe, culminating in a comprehensive, independent review of wines available on the New Zealand market. Our 2012 Catalina Sounds Pinot Gris won gold at this event, which was a fantastic result. The 2012 Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir also received accolades both receiving a bronze medal.

Judges included a number of international guests such as Phil Reedman MW from Adelaide, Ralph Kyte-Powell also from Australia and Annette Scarfe MW from Singapore / UK. Accompanying them were be some of New Zealand’s most experienced and respected judges, the majority of whom judge every year at this event, helping to provide consistency.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Catalina Sounds Wins Champion Sauvignon Blanc Trophy

Catalina Sounds Wins Champion Sauvignon Blanc Trophy at 2009 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Catalina Sounds has received international acclaim with the Catalina Sounds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 being awarded the CHAMPION SAUVIGNON BLANC TROPHY for BEST SAUVIGNON BLANC OF THE SHOW at the prestigious 2009 Air New Zealand Wine Show.

Organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards is the country’s leading wine competition. This year’s competition saw 1,655 wines entered from the country’s key winegrowing regions, with 102 gold medals awarded by the 26-strong judging panel. New Zealand Winegrowers global marketing director Chris Yorke said “this was truly a ground-breaking competition, with remarkable quality shown right across the board.”

Sauvignon Blanc was awarded 13 gold medals, illustrating the extremely high quality of the 2009 vintage, with Catalina Sounds being awarded champion status as the competitions leading Sauvignon Blanc.

Catalina Sounds’ humble winemaker Nina Stocker, ensured all the Catalina Sounds growers shared in the wines’ success, confirming on the night that this was an award for all the Catalina Sounds growers too, whilst commenting that her extra efforts to make Sauvignon Blanc with added subtlety and texture had potentially pushed Catalina Sounds over the line. Nina confirmed after the event that “receiving the 2009 Champion Sauvignon Blanc Trophy is an amazing thrill for all of us here at Catalina Sounds. The fact that the panel of judges felt our wine stood out from all the great wines in this class is a huge honour and nice validation of the stylistic direction we are going in”.

Thursday, 27 August 2009