Harvest 2016 was unusual in that it provided more than its fair share of challenges to test our nerve and skill as winegrowers. Spring rainfall was well below the norm-almost drought conditions, then a touch of hail, and then heavy rains. This resulted in a lot of pacing about vineyards and an intense obsession with weather forecasts! But our patience and perseverance was rewarded with some intensely flavoursome wines.
Three of our choicest Sauvignon Blanc vineyards and six different parcels of fruit feature in this wine. Prior to harvest each vineyard parcel was scrutinized for the attributes it would bring to the final blend. Once selected they were harvested early morning so to arrive at the winery cool - protecting the precious aromatics. Once at the winery the blurry eyed crush crew processed quickly to the presses. The pressing was closely monitored, free run and lightly pressed juice sent to the mother tank and only the hard pressings separated off. Our goal being to maximize the fresh aromatics typical to Sauvignon, whilst maintaining a delicate phenolic structure.
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 June as winter settled we switched on our heaters and tasted and scrutinized! 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!