The first release of Sauvignon blanc from our vineyard at Lenswood was in 1989 and since that time we have established a reputation for producing wines of great power and depth of flavour. At Lenswood the climate is cool enough to grow grapes with intensity of fruit and still with enough warmth to ensure full ripening and richness of flavour.
To me the secret with Sauvignon blanc is to grow the vines in a cool region with low crops per vine which ensures fruit intensity, ripeness, concentration of middle palate flavour and a natural fresh acid balance. It is this depth of flavour which distinguishes excellent Sauvignon blanc from the thin, weedy examples of Sauvignon blanc which are so common.
The 2013 growing season was good for us . Budburst on 4th October was right on average, flowering occurred at the end of November and harvest in 2nd week of March. Our average harvest date for Sauvignon blanc is 16th March so we were 1 week early this year.
Temperatures early in the growing season were warmer than average and summer was close to average. There was only one period of high temperatures early in January which was well before veraison thus having little flavour impact. Heat degree days for the season were 1248 which is a little below our average of 1266.
Crop levels were slightly above average at 3.5kg per vine.
Tightly structured wine but with a generous, supple mid palate and a fine, crisp finish.
AromaLifted aroma of pear, gooseberry and hints of kiwi fruit Fresh and lively.
ColourPale straw with a light green tinge.
PalateFruity with a juicy zest on the palate and a lingering crisp acid edge.
RegionLenswood, Adelaide Hills South Australia
VarietySauvignon Blanc 100%
Crush, destem, gently air bag press. Clear settle juice, rack 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 coarsness on the palate.
Will develop the mineral character of classically aged Sauvignon with time. Unlike many Australian Sauvignons ours do age well, slowly building in weight and complexity without any rank or vegetal notes.
Ideal with seafood but can be enjoyed with a wide range of foods or on its own.
Cool to cold. 5 to 10 deg C.
- Tony Love, The Adelaide Advertiser. Nov 30th 2013
Tagged specifically as a Lenswood-sourced wine, this is crafted so gently as to tease out a sweetly spicy and floral aromatic rather than the more common overpowering tropical passion fruits. It is delicately cast with a twang of grapefruit and pithy texture. A class act.