2017 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc


Aromas of wild sage and grapefruit are accompanied by a vibrant mineral character. The aroma also shows tropical fruits of papaya and passionfruit. The palate is immediately full, moving seamlessly through to a vibrant fresh acidity and mineral texture. Tropical fruit and grapefruit flavours run through the palate.


Vintage Summary

Vintage 2017 in Marlborough was set up by cooler flowering weather – this resulted in lighter crops than normal, and looser bunches (which eases disease pressure further down the track). The summer saw cooler and wetter growing patterns than normal, although night-time temperatures were more moderate than normal. So whilst there wasn’t the diurnal temperature variation that Marlborough Sauvignon thrives on, the grapes reached flavour (and acid) ripeness displayed in the finished wines.  Furthermore, the rain events across summer helped power-up the canopy, which had an effect of making the thiol production more intense.

Winemaker’s Note

Aromas of wild sage and grapefruit are accompanied by a vibrant mineral character. The aroma also shows tropical fruits of papaya and passionfruit. The palate is immediately full, moving seamlessly through to a vibrant fresh acidity and mineral texture. Tropical fruit and grapefruit flavours run through the palate.

Vinification

Grapes were harvested pre-dawn to help retain fresh flavours and then gently de-juiced.  Selected yeasts were added to fully express the vibrant Sauvignon Blanc flavours. The fermentation was conducted at low temperatures to further capture the flavours. Once the ferment was complete the tanks were chilled and then blending began. This Wild South Sauvignon Blanc is a delicious result of blending wine from Waihopai, Wairau and Awatere Valley, giving full rein to the expression complexity.

Technical Details

Variety Sauvignon Blanc
Food Matches Fresh seafood
Cellaring 2 - 3 years
RS 4.3 g/L
Alcohol 12.5%
pH 3.25
TA 8.05 g/L