DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011
The Marlborough season started off well with early budburst and a long, clear, relatively frost free spring. Summer got off to a great start as well, with plentiful sunshine and a continued absence of frost, ensuring a good fruit set. The hot summer meant fruit thinning was essential to obtain manageable cropping levels. Late February rains ensured good vine development, with enough dry periods to stave off disease pressure.
Parcels of ripe fruit were selected from two different vineyards in the Wairau and Omaka regions. Both feature river-bed stony soils, accentuating the free-draining of water and reflection of sun onto the berries. Our Wairau vineyard was harvested on the 29th of March and the Omaka on the 12th 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 palate weight, character and interest.
The nose is elegant and reveals aromas of grapefruit and passionfruit. 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|
||Wairau Valley, Marlborough|
||29th March and 12th April|