A unique expression of a traditional white Bordeaux blend using approximately 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon grown in the Waipara Valley, Canterbury. The French often blend a small portion of Semillon into Sauvignon Blanc to add richness, complexity and longevity.
The varieties were fermented separately; the Sauvignon Blanc in stainless steel to retain the pure fruit character and the Semillon in oak barrels to add texture. 20% of the overall wine was fermented and matured in new French barrels to give extra length and complexity. Both varieties were aged on their natural deposits of yeast lees (sur lie) for approximately 10 months and then blended prior to bottling.
Aromas of citrus fruit, greengage, gooseberry and passionfruit; also a hint of struck match and freshly crushed thyme. The Semillon component fills out the palate, adding fruit weight, richness and age-ability, while also acting to restrain the exuberant herbaceousness of the Sauvignon Blanc. The lees contact adds further creaminess and body, although still leaving a crisp refreshing minerality on the finish.
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