WINES 
 

DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014

            

SEASON
2014 was the warmest start to vintage in the past decade, and as such budburst was 12 days earlier than 2013. The good weather continued right through spring, with a dry hot summer that allowed exceptional flavor development in the fruit. The hot summer meant superb ripening for this low cropping variety. Early development saw harvest being earlier and avoiding the late summer rain.

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 5th of April and the Omaka on the 8th 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 concentrated and has punchy tropical notes highlighted with fresh cut grass. A succulent palate of passion-fruit and minerality leads to a gentle finish of crisp bell pepper and an invigorating citrus burst.

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


TECHNICAL DETAILS
Winemaker Lee Winston
Grape Variety 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Wairau Valley, Marlborough
Harvest Date 8th and 13th April
Bottling Date October 2014
Alcohol 13.0%
Acidity 7.1 g/l
Residual sugar 3.8 g/l
Oak Nil