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Intensely aromatic, this wine delivers aromatics of grapefruit, stone fruit, passionfruit and nettles. The palate is concentrated and vibrant, with citrus, fresh herb, black current and passionfruit flavours.
This wine possesses lovely mid-palate weight and texture, with a refreshingly crisp finish supported by some intriguing mineral and flint notes.
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The fruit from the MacDonald Home Vineyard came from the Seaside Blocks which are compositionally higher in sand and shingle and have less organic matter. These blocks tend to give passionfruit and tropical flavours with nice bright acids. Our new Alabama Rd Vineyard is located 6 km up the Wairau Valley on moderately fertile, free-draining soils. It is a warm, sheltered site, producing its second crop. The fruit ripens early, and expresses great intensity of flavour with stone fruit and citrus characters coming to the fore. The naturally low vigour, low yielding, Redwood Hills vineyard in the Awatere Valley produces wines with strong textural and mineral elements. This cooler site results in wines which exhibit concentration, fresh acidity and great length.
The fruit for this wine was harvested from the best block from each of our three main Sauvignon Blanc vineyards. These blocks were selected for their great fruit expression as well as low cropping, and early ripening characteristics. The blocks were fermented separately, mostly in stainless steel tanks, before blending and then aging on light lees. 10% of the blend was handpicked, and whole bunch pressed directly to barrel, to ferment in 320 L French cigar-shaped oak barrels.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
40% MacDonald Family Home Vineyard, Wairau Valley
35% Alabama Rd Vineyard, Wairau Valley
25% Redwood Hills, Awatere Valley
Alc – 13.0 % pH – 3.18 T.A – 7.4 g/L R.S – 3.5 g/L
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