2018 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc Marlbough New Zealand

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TASTING NOTE   An  aromatic salsa-like  fusion of ripe summer fruit and fragrant Asian spices. Nectarines  and  yellow  peaches,  rock  melon,  grapefruit  and  a  splash  of  passion fruit  –  mingled with   ginger   and   lemongrass,  jasmine flowers  and   cassis.   A   deliciously   ripe   and   zesty   Marlborough Sauvignon with a lemony, citrus thread that finishes crisp and dry.

VITICULTURE: Fruit   was   sourced   from   various   prime vineyard   sites   in   Marlborough’s Southern Valleys, the central Wairau Plains (specifically in Woodbourne, Renwick and Rapaura) and a spectacular river terrace site in the upper Awatere Valley. Soil types vary from the young alluvial  soils  of  Rapaura,  Renwick  and  the  upper  Awatere,  which  contain  high  proportions  of  New  Zealand’s  ubiquitous  greywacke  river  stones,  to  the  older  and  denser  clay-loams  of  the  Southern  Valleys.  The  majority  of  the  vineyards  were  trained  using  the  divided  Scott  Henry  canopy  management  system,  with  the  balance  on  a two-  or  three-cane  VSP  (vertical  shoot  positioning) trellis.

WINEMAKING: Harvested  largely  by  machine  during  cool  (often  cold)  night-time  conditions,  the  sauvignon  blanc  grapes  were  picked  into  half-ton bins, which  were  tipped  directly  into  the tank press and lightly pressed. The resulting juice was cold-settled prior to fermentation in stainless steel, primarily using cultured yeast for cool, slow fermentation. A portion was allowed to undergo spontaneous indigenous yeast fermentation. All  individual  vineyard  batches  were  left  on  lees  and  kept  separate  until  late  July,  when  the  blend  was  assembled.  The  wine  was  bottled  in  mid-August  with  an  alcohol  of  13.0%,  pH  3.14 and acidity 7.3 g/l.

Release: October 2018

  • List Price: $24.00

Quantity in Stock: 9

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