100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Balquidder Vineyard on the Waimea Plains in the Upper Moutere winegrowing region around Nelson.
Upon harvest destemmed fruit cool settled over 72 hours and racked. Fermentation with a 65% cultured and 35% wild yeast in 80% stainless steel, 20% neutral barrel fermentation. Left on gross lees.
While the 'cool tropical' signature of this wine is unmistakable, its descriptors (e.g. stately, generous, hints of fresh brioche) are not your classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc indicators. It's a clue to the surprising vintage of early ripeness but lower potential alcohol levels. The acidity is well contained and supported by a bowl of semi-tropical fruits: cherimoya, banana and passionfruit. Leaves the palate with a refreshing tingle and a hint of pineapple.
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