Waimea Sauvignon Blanc
Harvest 2015 was unusual in that it got off to a slow start. We paced about the vineyards waiting for ripeness to be achieved and our patience was rewarded with some intensely flavoursome Sauvignon!
Five of our major vineyards are represented in this wine - each lending its own character to the blend. The separate parcels were harvested over seven days beginning late March.
Prior to harvesting, each vineyard parcel was scrutinized for the attributes it would bring to the final blend and once chosen scheduled in for harvest very early morning so to arrive at the winery cool - protecting the precious aromatics.
Daffodil and citrus blossoms simply bloom from a glass of our 2015 Sauvignon! An allusion of pineapple and passionfruit comes to fruition as the intensity of this wine builds on the palate. Punctuated by a juicy acidity and supported by a chalky minerality, this scrumptiously textured wine has a long persistent finish. Traditional proteinaceous fining agents have not being used in this wine, it is therefore suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Enjoy as a refreshing aperitif or partner with seafood and summer fare.
Pure Silver - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015
Silver Outstanding - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
94/100 and 5 stars - Wine Orbit
5 stars - Raymond Chan
Once at the winery the fruit was quickly processed to the presses. Pressing was monitored so to separate free run and lightly pressed juice from hard pressed juice. The press cut being made when extraction of flavour was good and light phenolics were beginning to show in the juice. Our goal being to maximize the fresh aromatics typical to Sauvignon, and also create a delicate phenolic structure to support the flesh of the wine.
The juices were then cold settled to obtain a clarified juice and then inoculated with yeast chosen for its ability to contribute to the aromatic profile. The ensuing ferments were carefully mothered and arrested when the individual wines were harmonious.
During the month of May we tasted and tasted! Carefully grading the individual parcels and the most expressive, yet elegant, blend decided upon. The wine was then carefully finished ready for bottling early July. Encapsulating summer just as the surrounding ranges became covered in snow!
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Acidity: 7 g/L
Res Sugar: 3.8 g/L
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