MIDDLE-EARTH Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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  • An intensely expressed sauvignon, the bouquet shows passionfruit, feijoa, grapefruit and sweet basil characters. It is juicy and vibrant on the palate, and delivers excellent fruit power and plenty of tasty flavours, leading to a lengthy succulent finish.

    Sauvignon Blanc’s ‘zing’ is a delightful complement to the fresh flavours of seafood, shellfish and white fish. Enhance the effect with citrus or garlic based sauces.


  • VARIETAL Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    VINEYARD Estate produced, Brightwater, Nelson
    HARVEST April 2016
    YIELD 10 tons per hectare
    BARREL AGING Nil, stainless steel
    ALCOHOL 12.9%
    RESIDUAL SUGAR 4.0g/L
    PH 3.28
    T/A 7.6g/L

    The grapes for this wine were machine harvested, we have found this to be the best technique for harvesting Sauvignon Blanc as it enables us to remove the fruit quickly when the temperatures are cool and the skin contact with juice during transportation to the winery most definitely contributes to the concentration of flavour obtained in the juice.

    Once delivered to the winery the must was further de-stemmed and transferred to the press. A gentle press cycle was used and press fractions separated from the free run and light pressings. The juice was then cold settled for three days to achieve low solids prior to ferment which create a “cleaner ferment”. The clarified juice was then inoculated with yeast known to enhance typical Sauvignon characters.

    To achieve the best aromatic definition we could, the ferment was conducted slowly at cool temperatures. Once dry the ferment was arrested. The wine then underwent some time on yeast lees with stirring to enhance texture and mouth-feel.


  •  - 93 Points
    "An intensely expressed Sauvignon, the bouquet shows passion fruit, feijoa, grapefruit and sweet basil characters. It is juicy and vibrant on the palate, and delivers excellent fruit power and plenty of tasty flavours, leading to a lengthy succulent finish"

    "Sam Kim - Wine Orbit