Don’t think land of the Long White Cloud when you taste this wine, think subtle - although it does have some nice tropical fruit characters on the nose (passionfruit, custard apple), it is more nettle-like and limey and not quite as obvious as its Kiwi cousin. The palate shows fresh herbs and some quiet tropical characters, framed by chalk and lime zest. Delicious.
We had good winter rains then warm summer conditions which brought about an early harvest. We had a few hot-cool-hot-cool periods which made it a little trickier to decide when to pick, but Joch reckons he got it right in the end.
We pick our Sauvignon Blanc early to preserve freshness and the delicate aromas of the variety. We try and do everything as gently as possible for the reasons cited , so the grapes are pressed ever so gently and then go through a cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks. (We don’t want any oak influence in this wine at all) We do however allow the wine sit on its lees for a while, to develop some complexity and add palate weight.
Vineyards: Braden's and Wilcadene
Picking Date: 7th and 12th February 2013
pH Level: 3.19
Total Acidity: 6.94
Bottling Date: 15th May 2013