WINES 
 

DISTANT LAND HAWKES BAY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009

          

SEASON
Hawke's Bay experienced a mild spring that developed into a hot start to summer resulting in a strong flower set. The ripening season cooled off later in the growing season in 2009, resulting in harvest about 10 days later than last year, which is about normal. The rain-free later days of summer resulted in clean ripe fruit coming into the winery.

VINEYARD
The soil at the vineyard site is a mixture of free-draining gravels from the old riverbed, and calcareous soils from the surrounding limestone hills and river terraces. The grapes were harvested at peak maturity in April. The fruit coming into the winery was clean and ripe, and most importantly, excellent concentration of aromatics and flavours.

WINEMAKING
After the grapes were gently pressed the juice underwent a cool fermentation using a number of different strains of yeast. We then matured this Sauvignon on its yeast lees to achieve a wine of balanced palate weight, character and interest.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
Perfumed nectarine predominates on the nose, with honeysuckle underlying this. The palate combines lychees with tropical fruit to create a wine with a refreshing finish.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Serve chilled, great with a wide variety of seafood dishes.


TECHNICAL DETAILS
Winemaker Andy Nicole
Grape Variety 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Dartmoor Valley, Hawkes Bay
Harvest Date 10 April
Bottling Date August 2009
Alcohol 12.5%
Acidity 6.2 g/l
Residual sugar 7.9 g/l
Oak Nil