Vineyard: The vineyard is the Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough. The soil is wind-blown loess with an elevation of 69m above sea level. Aspect is North facing next to the coast and the distance from the Ocean 900m.The L5 Block is situated in a very exposed area right on the coastline of our Seaview Vineyard. It is the coolest, most extreme site on the vineyard and the subsequent wine reflects this terrior - mineral, salty, crushed oyster shell and wet stone are just a few of the flavours that characterise this unique wine.
Vinification: Extremely clean, ripe fruit picked from our L5 Bock was de-stemmed, chilled and gently pressed off to settle in small stainless steel tanks for three days. The clear juice was racked off and warmed before beig inoculated with selcted yeasts. A long, cool fermentation took place over 20 days. Once fermentation was complete, the wine stayed on lees for seven weeks, with weekly stirring. The wine was then stabilised and filtered before bottling.
Awards and Press News: Lisa Perroti-Brown The 2016 Estate Single Block L5 Sauvignon Blanc offers pronounced lemon juice, grapefruit peel, green apple and wet pebble notes with faint suggestions of chopped herbs and grass. Crisp, refreshing and medium-bodied on the palate, it delivers great intensity with a long, minerally finish. 91/100 The Wine Advocate, robertparker.com GOLD Delicate nose of kiwi fruit and tomato stalk. Creamy, balanced palate with zesty citrus and a long finish,' said an impressed Guillaume Mahaut of The Jugged Hare. "Fantastic, tight palate, bursting with flavour,' agreed team leader Angela Reddin. Sommelier Wine Awards
Sauvignon Blanc from the estate's coolest, most extreme site, restrained, elegant and tasting of crushed oyster shell and wet stone, with a fresh blast of citrus and a pervasive scent of wild thyme.