DISTANT LAND HAWKES BAY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013
Early spring to verasion was exceptional in the Hawkes Bay, with abundant sunshine, warmth, and little wind setting up a perfect vintage. Drought conditions through to March meant dry conditions but with little North Westerly winds the vines were not under stress and so the tannins, phenolics and aromatics of the grapes developed well. Overall one of the best vintages in the Hawkes Bay.
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.
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.
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.
Serve chilled, great with a wide variety of seafood dishes.
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