WINES 
 

DISTANT LAND HAWKES BAY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2008

            

SEASON
Spring frosts caused havoc in the Hawkes Bay, with many vineyards considerably down on crops. Our chardonnay was also affected, which resulted in a smaller yield with more concentrated flavour profiles. The region then experienced a near perfect summer and our fruit matured with excellent flavours and aromas.

VINEYARD
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes came from a single vineyard in the Dartmoor Valley. The soil at the vineyard site is a mixture of free-draining gravels from the old riverbed, and calcareous soils from the surrounding limestone hills and river terraces. The grapes were harvested at peak maturity in April. The fruit coming into the winery was clean and ripe, and most importantly, excellent concentration of aromatics and flavours.

WINEMAKING
After the grapes were gently pressed the juice underwent a cool fermentation using a number of different strains of yeast. We then matured this Sauvignon on its yeast lees to achieve a wine of balanced palette weight, character and interest.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
Perfumed nectarine predominates on the nose, with honeysuckle underlying this. The palate combines lychees with tropical fruit to create a wine with a refreshing finish.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Serve chilled, great with a wide variety of seafood dishes.


TECHNICAL DETAILS
Winemaker Andy Nicole
Grape Variety 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Dartmoor Valley, Hawkes Bay
Harvest Date 29 March
Bottling Date September 2008
Alcohol 12.5%
Acidity 6.6 g/l
Residual sugar 3.7 g/l
Oak Nil