WINES 
 

DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2008

            

SEASON
The La NiŻa weather pattern that dominated the summer of 2008 was a blessing to the nation's grape growers. The prolonged warm, dry summer meant that all the grapes on the vine were able to ripen fully without disease pressure, yielding good volumes of well-developed, intensely flavoured fruit. A near perfect flowering with warm, sunny weather through to autumn lead to harvest being 7 to 10 days earlier than normal.

VINEYARD
Parcels of ripe fruit were selected from two different vineyards in the Rapaura and Renwick regions. Both feature river-bed stony soils, accentuating the free-draining of water and reflection of sun onto the berries. Our Rapaura vineyard was harvested on the 2nd of April and the Renwick on the 7th of April. The grapes were harvested in the early morning to keep the fruit cool, minimising oxidation of aromatics and flavours.

WINEMAKING
The juice was fermented using a number of selected yeast strains and at a range of temperatures, to enable us to capture a spectrum of flavour and aroma profiles. We then matured this Sauvignon on its yeast lees before selecting the best tanks to blend together to achieve a wine of balanced palette weight, character and interest.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
The nose is elegant and opens up to reveal gooseberry and guava. A succulent palate of passion-fruit and minerality leads to a gentle finish of gooseberry and lime.

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


TECHNICAL DETAILS
Winemaker Andy Nicole
Grape Variety 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Rapaura and Renwick, Marlborough
Harvest Date 2 and 7 April
Bottling Date September 2008
Alcohol 12.5%
Acidity 6.7 g/l
Residual sugar 4.0 g/l
Oak Nil