Naturally Lighter Alcohol Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Naturally Lighter Alcohol Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Naturally Lighter Alcohol Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

NZ$107.70 incl. GST incl. GST was

Tasting notes

Naturally lighter in alcohol than our Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015, this bright and fresh Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc displays lively aromas of lime, passionfruit and pink grapefruit on the nose, while the full-flavoured yet elegant palate is characterised by lemongrass, tropical melon and capsicum flavours. Crisp and juicy with a distinctive minerality, this pure and focused wine leads to a zesty long, dry and luscious finish.

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Winemaking

Grapes for this wine are machine harvested before being transported the short distance to our winery. Once at the winery, the grapes are pressed into stainless steel tanks for cold settling, before being gently racked and inoculated with select yeasts chosen to naturally enhance the aromatic and flavour profiles of the wine. Fermentation is carried out at cool temperatures allowing the wine to retain its aromas; with fermentation lasting around 21 days. After fermentation is complete the wine is left to settle on yeast lees for a short period before being racked again into stainless steel tanks for maturation. Stabilised and filtered without the need for fining, this wine was ready for bottling in late September.

Viticulture

Located in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, the source vineyard for this wine was specifically selected for its low vigour plants and free draining gravels. The 2014/2015 growing season in Marlborough was characterised by a cool and wet spring and flowering period, followed by a hot and dry summer. These dry conditions slowed vine leaf area development and corresponding total leaf photosynthetic activity; this
factor combined with increased levels of bunch exposure slowed the rate of berry sugar accumulation and increased the rate of berry acid utilisation. The long dry phase of ripening for these vines also resulted in vine bunches of small berries with high concentration of flavour - the final outcome being a finished wine with attributes of an excellent Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; without the usual high level of alcohol.

Analysis

Alcohol: 10%

pH: 3.06

T/A: 7.1 g/L

R.S: 5.7 g/L