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2014 Waimea Sauvignon Gris

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We have taken what we learnt from our first Sauvignon Gris - to really ramp up the intensity for this - our second offering. The fruit was harvested several notches riper and
the resulting wine has heady aromas of honey suckle, melon and patchouli. There is great fruit weight a velvet texture and persistence on the palate. A less well known variety
with much character it will make a great aperitif and would shine with Pacific fare.

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 North Island mid-April our fruit was now juice, happily fermenting in the winery.

Winemaking

The second crop taken from our Sauvignon Gris planting, the fruit for this wine was harvested from our Hope vineyard on the 1st of April with generous sugar levels. Scheduled to be first at the winery that day, it arrived very early morning, nice and cold.

The fruit was then processed gently and quickly to the press. The press cycle was carefully monitored, the free run and lightly pressed juice separated from the heavier more phenolic hard pressings. The press cut was made when the extraction of flavour was good and just light dusty phenolics were beginning to show in the juice. We wanted to draw out as much flavour as possible from this subtle yet rich variety and as such fined the hard pressings but then returned it to the main juice once clarified and racked.

A yeast strain was chosen that we have enjoyed in the past on other varieties for its ability to add real lusciousness to the wine but also good aromatics. The ensuing ferment was monitored and arrested when the acid and sugar best emphasized the fruit characters in this wine. The wine then spent a short period of time on fine lees to build another layer of interest into the wine before being readied for bottling the last week of July.

Tasting Note

We have taken what we learnt from our first Sauvignon Gris - to really ramp up the intensity for this - our second offering. The fruit was harvested several notches riper and the resulting wine has heady aromas of honey suckle, melon and patchouli. There is great fruit weight a velvet texture and persistence on the palate. A less well known variety with much character it will make a great aperitif and would shine with Pacific fare.

Technical Details

Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Gris
Alcohol: 14.8%
Acidity: 5.4 g/L
pH: 3.34
Res Sugar: 5.3 g/L
EAN: 9419589001970

 

 

 

Awards

  • Gold - San Francisco International Wine Competition 2015
  • Silver - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
  • Gold - International Aromatics Wine Competition 2014
  • 4 1/2 Stars - Wine Orbit
  • 4 Stars - Raymond Chan
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