The palate has a beautiful sweep of fresh, pear-drop flavor and a sleek, fresh and crisp feel.JamesSuckling.com
From three separate blocks of Sauvignon Blanc, a traditional Bordeaux clone provides a classical backbone, while two Loire clones add tropical fruit characters to the blend.
Light golden in colour, this Sauvignon Blanc is rich, creamy and textural. It possesses ripe fruit flavours - a luscious mix of tropical and stone fruits – which are balanced perfectly with fruit-laden acidity. Wild fermented entirely in old oak with Loire clones adding texture and richness. Partial malolactic contributes to soft acidity and mouthfilling texture.
TIME IN OAK
The 2018 growing season was one of extremes, with records set for significant rainfall in October and February balanced out by extreme heat in December and January.
The grapes were picked in four lots. Three of the picks were settled in tank before racking to oak barrels, while the fourth pick, from our Loire vines, was transferred to oak barrels without settling. All barrels were fermented with wild yeast and aged on yeast lees for a further 7 months. Forty per cent of the wine went through full malolactic fermentation before blending and estate bottling without fining.
Bob Campbell MW: 93 pts
Wine Advocate: 93 pts
JamesSuckling.com: 92 pts
Member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Certified organic by BioGro NZ.
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