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2014 Waimea Sauvignon Blanc

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Vibrant florals and cool tropical notes punctuate the nose. The generosity you are led to expect from the aroma follows through on the palate. Great concentration makes this a very mouth-filling wine which is stretched out to a long finish by a chalky minerality typical of the Waimea Plains. Combined with a pleasing acidity it makes a scrumptious and refreshing aperitif and an excellent companion to light fresh meals.

Traditional proteinaceous fining agents have not being used in this wine, it is therefore suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Enjoy now and until our next release.

Harvest

Harvest 2014 was notable for the excellent quality of fruit produced thanks to a season that was warm and dry for Nelson. Excellent concentration of flavours and ripeness levels were reached several weeks earlier than expected, resulting in an early start to harvesting in the second week of March. Fortuitously this meant that when more than 200mm of rain hit the upper South Island mid-April our fruit was now juice, happily fermenting in the winery.

Winemaking

Over a period of eight days late March-early April the parcels of fruit for this wine were collected from five of our Estate vineyards, all of them based on the stony Waimea Plains. Prior to harvesting, each vineyard parcel was scrutinized for the attributes it would bring to the final blend and once chosen scheduled in for harvest very early morning so to arrive at the winery cool - protecting the precious aromatics. Once at the winery the fruit was quickly processed to the presses. Pressing was monitored so to separate free run and lightly pressed juice from hard pressed juice. The press cut being made when extraction of flavour was good and just light dusty phenolics were beginning to show in the juice. Our goal being to maximize the fresh aromatics typical to Sauvignon, and also create a delicate phenolic structure to support the flesh of the wine.

The juices were then cold settled to obtain a clarified juice and then inoculated with yeast chosen for its ability to contribute to the aromatic profile. The ensuing ferments were carefully mothered and arrested when the individual wines were harmonious. For a textural component to the wine, a small percentage of the final blend was aged on fine lees. Come late June each wine was carefully graded and the most expressive yet convivial blend was decided upon. The wine was then carefully finished ready for bottling late July. May you enjoy drinking this wine as much as we have enjoyed making it!

Tasting Note

Vibrant florals and cool tropical notes punctuate the nose. The generosity you are led to expect from the aroma follows through on the palate. Great concentration makes this a very mouth-filling wine which is stretched out to a long finish by a chalky minerality typical of the Waimea Plains. Combined with a pleasing acidity it makes a scrumptious and refreshing aperitif and an excellent companion to light fresh meals.

Traditional proteinaceous fining agents have not being used in this wine, it is therefore suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Enjoy now and until our next release.

Technical Detail

Alcohol: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol: 13.5%
Acidity: 7 g/L
pH: 3.14
Residual Sugar: 4 g/L
EAN: 9419589000232

Awards

  • Blue-Gold - Sydney International Wine Competition 2015
  • Silver – Selections Mondiales des Vins 2015
  • Silver - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
  • Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
  • Pure Gold - Bragato Wine Awards 2014
  • Gold - New Zealand International Wine Show 2014
  • 5 Stars - Wine Orbit
  • 5 Stars - Cuisine Magazine
  • 5 Stars - Raymond Chan
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