Harvest 2015 was unusual in that it got off to a slow start. We paced about the vineyards waiting for ripeness to be achieved and our patience was rewarded with some intensely flavoursome Sauvignon! Five of our major vineyards are represented in this wine - each lending its own character to the blend. The separate parcels were harvested over seven days beginning late March.
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 light 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.
During the month of May we tasted and tasted! Carefully grading the individual parcels and the most expressive, yet elegant, blend decided upon. The wine was then carefully finished ready for bottling early July. Encapsulating summer just as the surrounding ranges became covered in snow!