Learn More About This Varietal
Sourced exclusively from our oldest Sauvignon Blanc block, this is a wine that tempers intense fruit concentration with finesse, elegance and restraint. Characteristic tropical fruits and citrus combine with more subtle dried herb and floral notes, the palate is refined and balanced with mineral acidity providing focus and length in combination with textural elements from barrel fermentation and ageing.
After a lower yielding 2021 vintage, Marlborough was blessed with
outstanding weather in December providing near perfect flowering
conditions and a subsequent great fruit set. This translated into an
increased number of berries per bunch, which helped offset the slightly
lower than average bunch numbers which resulted from the cooler
weather we experienced during flowering in 2020.
The great weather conditions continued through January with above
average daily temperatures and sunshine hours, punctuated by timely
periods of rainfall ensuring optimal soil water status, resulting in
great canopy development and health. With the weather initially
looking like it was shaping up to translate into an early start to harvest,
we saw periods with cooler temperatures and increased rainfall in late
January and early February, slowing development and extending the
Harvest commenced in the 3rd week of March and concluded at the
end of April. The extended ripening period has resulted in wines with
great balance and poise, combining ripe tropical elements with bright
mineral acidity, ensuring some outstanding components to go into this
Harvested in the cool hours of the morning bunches were gently destemmed and
pressed, followed by spontaneous fermentation in a combination of stainless steel tanks and French oak barriques. Extended time on lees post fermentation, combined with partial malolactic fermentation in barrel provides additional texture and palate weight, followed by finishing and bottling on the Wairau River estate.
Harvested 02 April 2022
The Wairau Valley is one of three zones – along with the Southern Valleys and the Awatere Valley – which make up the heartland of New Zealand's Marlborough wine region. It accounts for approximately 45 percent of plantings within the wider region. An extensive patchwork of vineyards surrounds the town of Blenheim in the north-eastern corner of the South Island, near where the Wairau River meets the Pacific Ocean.
The Wairau Valley is a wide river valley that follows the Wairau River from the Spenser Mountains in the west to the Pacific at Cloudy Bay. The Richmond Mountains in the north separate it from the sunny region of Nelson, and the Wither Hills in the south protect the valley from harsh weather systems from the south-east.
In the low-lying area along the Wairau River Rapaura and Renwick are the most established zones. However in recent years vineyard plantings have extended further west along the narrow valley floor.
Wairau Valley has a warm, dry climate that is moderated during the growing season by sea breezes from Cloudy Bay. Hot sunshine during the day and cold ocean winds at night extend the ripening period in the grapes, leading to a balance of fruit complexity and acidity. This diurnal temperature variation is essential to the terroir in the Wairau Valley – without it, much of the classic punchiness of the wines made here would be lost.
A powerful bouquet with pungent aromas of fresh herbs and apple, mango and peach, sage and passionfruit, oyster shells and crushed rock mineral qualities. On the palate - salivating and fruity, flavours of tropical fruits, apple and citrus invade the senses quickly. Flavours of peach and tangerine, sage and fresh apple follow. A delicious wine, balanced and ready with a lengthy finish. Great drinking from 2022 through 2025+.
Where are your wines made?
All our wines are made on site in our winery. We draw fruit from our 15 estate vineyards, which means they are owned by us. We built our winery in 2002.
Is your Sauvignon Blanc dry?
We make 2 styles of Sauvignon Blanc and both styles are dry. Marlborough is known for out the glass zestyness and stunningly aromatic tropical fruits with bright citrus and stone fruit notes. Our Estate Sauvignon Blanc expresses all these characters with elegance and our Reserve Sauvignon Blanc has had some barrel fermentation which gives some added complexity and brioche notes in the wine
How can I keep the wine fresh once a bottle has been opened?
To keep an open bottle of wine fresh, ensure the cap is tightly sealed after every glass pour. Our white wines and rosé should be stored, cap on, in a refrigerator to slow down oxidisation. For our red wines, keep the wine bottle out of light and stored at room temperature (below 21 degrees Celsius or 70 degrees Fahrenheit), or in a refrigerator.
How long will your wine last when opened?
White wines are good for 1-2 days and red wines for 3-5 days if stored correctly.