MIDDLE-EARTH Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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  • A delicious fresh and vibrant wine with aromas of honey suckle and gooseberry crumble. Lovely mouth-filling texture with gentle tropical overtones and a juicy persistent finish.

    Sauvignon Blanc’s ‘zing’ is a delightful complement to dishes with fresh herbs, green vegetables, seafood or fresh goats cheese. Enhance the effect with a citrus or garlic garnish. Or simply enjoy as a refreshing aperitif.

  • VARIETAL Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    VINEYARD Lord Rutherford, Windmill and Brightwater Estates, Brightwater, Nelson.
    HARVEST April 2017
    BARREL AGING Nil, stainless steel
    ALCOHOL 12.5%
    PH 3.1
    T/A 7.5g/L

    Three parcels of Sauvignon Blanc were harvested for this wine. All three were machine harvested early morning. The first on the 2nd April followed by the 8th April and lastly the 11th April.

    We have found machining to be the best technique for harvesting Sauvignon Blanc as it enables us to remove the fruit quickly when the temperature is cool minimising oxidation, the skin contact with juice during transportation and processing at the winery most definitely contributing to the concentration of flavour and fine phenolic structure obtained in the juice.

    Once at 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 several days to achieve low solids prior to ferment promoting a crisper more aromatic ferment.

    Each parcel of juice was inoculated with a different Sauvignon yeast chosen for the attributes they would bring to the finished wine. The ferments were conducted slowly at cool temperatures. Once only a dash of sugar remained the ferments were arrested. A portion of the final blend then underwent some time on yeast lees with stirring to enhance texture and mouth-feel before blending and finishing for the first bottling in July.

  • - 91 Points

    It is intensely lifted on the nose displaying red apple, rock melon, grapefruit and lemongrass characters. The palate delivers excellent fruit power and vibrant acidity, leading to a lengthy mouth-watering finish. The wine is bright and zesty. Sam Kim - Wine Orbit.