OverviewA delicious, food friendly Sauvignon from the excellent 2016 vintage.
Vintage DescriptionCrop levels of 2.5kg/vine were close to our long term average. It was another early ripening year with full flavour development . Hand picking occurred in cool weather on the 1st to the 3rd of March. Heat degree day summation for the year was 1310; a little over our long term average of 1270 Heat Degree Days (HDD). A mild February was crucial to flavour development and acid retention. Our vines are now 28 years old and show the benefits of maturity with good balance of crop and leaf plus more stable crops.
The growing season was dry with 132mm of rain Oct to March below our long term average of 229 mm. Disease pressure was consequently low and ripe healthy grapes harvested.
AssessmentLively, tightly structured wine but with a generous, supple mid palate and a fine, long, savoury finish.
AromaLifted aroma of pear, cut grass and hints of flowers. Fresh, fragrant and complex. Nothing heavy or vegetal.
ColourPale straw with a green tinge.
PalateFresh fruit with a lively, juicy richness on the palate and a lingering, fresh acid edge to the finish. Full, long and delicate.
WinemakingCrush, destem, gently air bag press. Clear settle juice and cold ferment to dryness. Our approach is to retain the fresh aromatics of the fruit and not to generate any harsh extractives which produce coarseness on the palate.
CellaringWill develop the character of classically aged Sauvignon with time. Can be enjoyed young and will surprise those who cellar it with its subtlety and complexity.
Food SuggestionMost seafoods are perfect but will compliment a wide range of food flavours with its gentle savoury character.