Fairbourne Sauvignon Blanc
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol: 13.5% Vol.
Acidity: 7.5 g/L
Sugars: Less than 1.0 g/L
Closure: Stelvin Lux Screwcap
Aroma: Fresh crushed lemon and lime with alluvial river stone and melon.
Taste: Smooth citrus entry, an ascending concentration of ripe white stone fruits.
Finish: Dry with a persistent fruit and mineral flavours. You will want more.
Serve: Chill to between 14 and 16°C (52 and 61°F) then serve and enjoy.
Store: Store between 10 and 16°C (50 and 61°F).
Fresh shucked Oysters are a natural accompaniment for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and this wine is no exception. Salmon pairs well with this wine, as does a fresh salad of asparagus and chilled melon with a citrus drizzle. A recent favourite is prawn steamed with rose water and lemon grass with a green side salad seasoned with nori.
The grapes for Fairbourne are grown on a single north facing hillside vineyard of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. The soils are with ancient alluvial and clay gravels of lower fertility giving lighter yields with very distinctive flavours. The hand-picked grapes produce ripe citrus and stone fruit nuances with a “wet stone” mineral character from the soils.
Restraint is the key influence of the Fairbourne winemaking philosophy. Grapes are fermented as site batches with neutral yeast to capture their individual fruit and site expressions. Fermentation is managed in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks over a four week period. The batches are carefully blended, including a small portion matured in aged French oak, to create a silky entry, generously ascending across the palate with a supple texture and dry finish.
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