“The unique coastal Sauvignon Blanc blocks on our Seaview vineyard have provided inspiration to make an oak influenced Sauvignon Blanc. Fruit in the riper spectrum was carefully selected for this wine and made in a selection of fermentation vessels, including a mixture of older French oak in a variety of sizes and a concrete egg.
The focus with this wine is to make a Sauvignon Blanc that is rich, savoury and textured, with layers of complexity brought in by the use of older oak in a variety of formats and the concrete egg. It is important that the fruit and acidity is still present and the wine is recognisably a Sauvignon Blanc. It is really interesting to make as there are a lot of inputs as a winemaker that you contribute – what type of barrel and the age, lees work, natural versus inoculated fermentation, and the proportion of malolactic fermentation.
Aromas of dried thyme and white flowers dominate the nose. The palate is rich and textured with a full spectrum of ripe herbal and savoury notes, and fresh acidity that all come together in perfect harmony. The mid-palate is structured and rich, yet elegant. Cellar up to 6 years.”
Vineyard: 100% Seaview Vineyard, Awatere Valley
Block: G2 Block
Our G2 Block is situated on a gentle north facing sheltered terrace, which is 80m above sea level. Soil profile is wind-blown loess with high mineral content.
Winemaker: Jeff Fyfe
Harvest Date: 15th April 2016
Winemaking Analysis: Alc 13.5% pH 3.31 TA 6.9 RS 2.6g/l
The fruit was harvested, pressed and left to settle for 48hrs. The clear juice was racked off, taking some light lees, to ferment in a variety of vessels, including a concrete egg, a French Oval and a selection of older 500L and 225L French barrels. Post fermentation the barrels and oval were stirred twice weekly to help build texture and balance. A portion of barrels underwent malolactic fermentation. After 10 months aging on lees, the wine was blended, stabilised and filtered.
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