WINES 
 

DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011

         

SEASON
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.

VINEYARD
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.

WINEMAKING
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.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
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.

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


TECHNICAL DETAILS
Winemaker Peter Turner
Grape Variety 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Wairau Valley, Marlborough
Harvest Date 29th March and 12th April
Bottling Date August 2011
Alcohol 13.0%
Acidity 7.3 g/l
Residual sugar 3.5 g/l
Oak Nil