Naturally Lighter Alcohol Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Naturally Lighter Alcohol Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Naturally Lighter Alcohol Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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Tasting notes

Naturally lighter in alcohol, this bright and fresh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc displays aromatic passionfruit, pink grapefruit and notes of fresh capsicum on the nose. The palate bursts forward with flavours of green melon, ripe citrus and tropical fruit. Crisp and juicy with a distinctive minerality and just a touch of sweetness, this full-flavoured yet elegant wine delivers a long 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 July.

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 2015/2016 growing season in Marlborough started with a cooler, dry November that moved into a very dry December. January received a large rainfall event that relieved the pressure of the dryness from the previous months. However, the overall dry conditions slowed vine leaf area development allowing increased levels of bunch exposure. This extra 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 example of a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; without the usual high level of alcohol.

Analysis

Alcohol: 10%

pH: 2.89

T/A: 7.2 g/L

R.S: 11 g/L