2018 Sauvignon Blanc
This 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is a blend from 3 special vineyards in two different sub-regions of Marlborough. Two of the vineyards are in the upper Awatere Valley – Trelawne Farm and Shamrock, and the third is our certified organic home block here in Renwick on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The growing conditions in the Awatere are characterised by cooler temperatures and slower ripening than in the Wairau, which is all important for flavour development and ripe acidity. The wines from this sub-region tend to be more restrained in their youth but have great texture, structure and longevity. Our Te Whare Ra home block experiences the warmer days of the Wairau Valley and a bigger diurnal range. These climatic factors combined with our clay loam soil here, results in wines which have great texture and fleshiness and are characterised by riper tropical notes with stone-fruit with a lovely line of minerality.
Our 2018 release shows distinctive Awatere characters of guava, white currant, and elderflower coupled with lovely ripe passionfruit & tropical notes and hints of basil and lime from the Wairau fruit. These follow through to the palate – which is fine and soft with loads of fleshy fruit balanced by a ripe, juicy acidity and lingering minerality. There is real fruit weight here and that is complimented by lovely texture from the time on lees and the barrel parcels – It is utterly delicious!
Sam Kim – 5 Stars – 2017 Vintage
Pristine and elegantly lifted, the bouquet shows green rockmelon, feijoa, kaffir lime and fragrant herb aromas, leading to a brilliantly expressed palate that is finely textured and intensely flavoursome. The wine offers excellent varietal flavours combined with refinement, finishing persistent and mouth-watering. At its best: now to 2021.