DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2008
The La NiŻa weather pattern that dominated the summer of
2008 was a blessing to the nation's grape growers. The
prolonged warm, dry summer meant that all the grapes on
the vine were able to ripen fully without disease pressure,
yielding good volumes of well-developed, intensely
flavoured fruit. A near perfect flowering with warm, sunny
weather through to autumn lead to harvest being 7 to 10
days earlier than normal.
Parcels of ripe fruit were selected from two different
vineyards in the Rapaura and Renwick regions. Both
feature river-bed stony soils, accentuating the free-draining
of water and reflection of sun onto the berries. Our
Rapaura vineyard was harvested on the 2nd of April and the
Renwick on the 7th of April. The grapes were harvested in
the early morning to keep the fruit cool, minimising
oxidation of aromatics and flavours.
The juice was fermented using a number of selected yeast
strains and at a range of temperatures, to enable us to
capture a spectrum of flavour and aroma profiles. We then
matured this Sauvignon on its yeast lees before selecting
the best tanks to blend together to achieve a wine of
balanced palette weight, character and interest.
The nose is elegant and opens up to reveal gooseberry
and guava. A succulent palate of passion-fruit and
minerality leads to a gentle finish of gooseberry and lime.
Serve chilled, great with a wide variety of seafood dishes.
||100% Sauvignon Blanc|
||Rapaura and Renwick, Marlborough|
||2 and 7 April|