Are you 18 or over? If you're under 18 we can't let you in.

menu
content background

Our Wines » Waimea » print this page

2015 Waimea Sauvignon Gris

Our Winemakers � Our Wines �
Though recognisable as a cousin of Sauvignon Blanc, varietal nuance combined with superior ripeness gives this wine a roundness and intensity of fruit that projects it into a more tropical clime.

It bestows on the receiver heady aromas of honeysuckle and melon. Once imbibed, the gentle acidity perceived becomes enveloped in lush yellow fruit. It has a generosity of
texture that is truly mouth-filling and lingering. A convivial aperitif and excellent partnered with Pacific fare.

Harvest

Harvest 2015 was notable across the country for a smaller crop than previous seasons. Nelson experienced a spring that was cool, windy and dry, the region receiving only 45% of itsaverage rainfall for the season. Early December when the vines were flowering was particularly cool, with several dustings of snow on the ranges!

Just as the growing season got off to a slow start so did the start of harvest. We paced about the vineyards waiting for ripeness to be achieved. The upshot of the above conditions, and hence the smaller crop, being that we were rewarded with intensely flavoursome fruit.

The third, and possibly the best yet, this crop of Sauvignon Gris was harvested from our Hope vineyard on the 28th of March with generous, yet measured, sugar levels. Scheduled early in the day, it arrived at the winery nice and cold.

Winemaking

The fruit was 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. A press cut was made when the extraction of flavour was good and light, dusty phenolics were beginning to show in the juice. To draw out as much flavour as possible from this subtle, yet rich variety we fined the hard pressings and then returned it to a portion of the free run juice.

The settled juice was racked to two tanks for separate ferments, so that we could utilize two yeast strains to heighten the unique characters of this varietal. The ensuing ferments were monitored and arrested when the acid and sugar best emphasized the fruit characters.One of the wines then spent a short period of time on fine lees to build in yet another layer of interest and texture. The two wines were then combined and prepared for bottling on the 28th of July - exactly 4 months later!

Tasting Note

Though recognisable as a cousin of Sauvignon Blanc, varietal nuance combined with superior ripeness gives this wine a roundness and intensity of fruit that projects it into a more tropical clime.

It bestows on the receiver heady aromas of honeysuckle and melon. Once imbibed, the gentle acidity perceived becomes enveloped in lush yellow fruit. It has a generosity of texture that is truly mouth-filling and lingering. A convivial aperitif and excellent partnered with Pacific fare. Traditional proteinaceous fining agents have not being used in this wine, it is therefore suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Technical Details

Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Gris
Alcohol: 14%
Acidity: 6.0 g/L
pH: 3.35
Res Sugar: 4.8 g/L
EAN: 9419589001970

Awards

  • Silver - New Zealand International Wine Show 2017
  • Blue-Gold - Sydney International Wine Competition 2016
  • Gold Outstanding - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
  • 5 Stars - Wine Orbit



Download tasting notes
#