Bouquet: Notes of blackcurrant leaf, wet stone and ripe stonefruit.
Palate: Scented and textural, our S1 Sauvignon Blanc expresses the unique terrior through flavours of ripe nectarine and pineapple with great texture, and bright, flinty acidity.
Dietary Information: Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diets.
Cellaring Recommendation: Enjoy now, or cellar for up to 3 years.
Vineyard: Seaview Vineyard, Awatere Valley, Marlborough
Soil: Wind-blown loess Elevation: 42-95m above sea level
Aspect: North facing on a gentle plateau Distance from the Ocean: 400m
Taste Profile: Our S1 block is a sheltered, relatively warm site on our Seaview Vineyard. The subsequent style and flavours reflect this terroir, with flavours of ripe nectarine and a lush, full palate balanced by mouthwatering mineral acidity.
VINTAGE: The growing season in Marlborough started out warm and dry, resulting in even flowering and ultimately balanced vines with the right amount of crop to get them through to harvest. The warm weather continued through Spring and Summer, with periodic rains which kept the vines hydrated throughout the growing season. These warmer conditions also meant harvest started around two weeks earlier than the previous year, with fruit that was full of flavour, naturally balanced acidity and lovely weight. Our S1 Sauvignon Blanc parcel was picked at perfect ripeness, allowing the wine to show the classic flavours and aromas that the wine is known for.
Viticulturalist: Gareth Goodsir
Vine Age: Planted in 2007
Irrigation: Monitored daily with soil moisture probes
Nutrition: Seaweed, compost and mulching
Winemaker: Natalie Christensen
Harvest Date: 31st March 2018
Winemaking Analysis: Alc 12.5% pH 3.28 TA 7.48 RS 2.8g/l
The carefully harvested fruit from our S1 block was de-stemmed, chilled and gently pressed. The juice was cold settled for 72 hours, after which the clear juice was racked off. A long, cool fermentation with a specialist Sauvignon Blanc yeast followed to capture and enhance the distinctive fruit flavours created by the S1 block. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was racked, stabilised and filtered before bottling.
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