‘Rewa’ Reserve Méthode Traditionnelle Marlborough Blanc de Blanc 2013

‘Rewa’ Reserve Méthode Traditionnelle Marlborough Blanc de Blanc 2013

‘Rewa’ Reserve Méthode Traditionnelle Marlborough Blanc de Blanc 2013

NZ$183.30 per 6-case per 6-case was

Tasting notes

A shimmering, brilliant pale gold in the glass, this traditionally made wine displays lifted aromas of bright citrus fruit, crisp fresh apples and refined touches of brioche and toasted hazelnut. Extended lees aging in the bottle has resulted in a wine that displays a fine, persistent bead and rich, creamy mousse; while the palate bursts with complex layers of zesty citrus and ripe fresh fruits with nutty undertones. Finely balanced with bright acidity and a touch of minerality, this wine leads to perfectly to an elegant, long and crisp dry finish.

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Winemaking

The Chardonnay grapes for this méthode traditionnelle are carefully handpicked before being lightly pressed at our modern winery. Pressings and free-run juices are initially kept separate before being racked clear to a temperature controlled stainless steel tank for the primary fermentation. After a long cool ferment the resulting wine is then warmed and undergoes full malolactic fermentation while aging in tank on yeast lees. The tirage (or bottling) of the base wine with yeast causes the wine to undergo a secondary yeast fermentation in the bottle - which creates the bubbles. With this secondary ferment complete in February 2014 the bottles were then put to rest for 20 months on their lees in a temperature controlled warehouse before disgorging in late October 2015. At disgorgement the lees are riddled from the bottle before topping and corking, labelling and release.

Viticulture

The grapes for our Rewa Blanc de Blanc are grown on the Rothay vineyard in the Rapaura sub-region of Marlborough. Selected clone 6 Chardonnay grapes are grown on a Sylvos trellis system with its characteristic ‘droppers’ and a high cordon. This method of grape growing produces good crops with large berries – ideal for the production of méthode wines. The 2012/2013 growing season in Marlborough was
characterised by perfect warm, dry conditions allowing us to hand harvest the grapes in optimum condition with high levels of acidity and the low sugar levels we require for méthode base wine. Clean fruit in excellent condition was hand-harvested and delivered to the winery on the 15th of March, perfectly ripe with bright acids and the desired low brix levels.

Analysis

Vintage: 2013

Alcohol: 12%

pH: 3.03

T/A: 7.3g/l

R.S: 4.25g/L