WINES 
 

DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009

              

SEASON
Marlborough experienced a warm spring encouraging a good fruit set amongst the vines. A wet February refreshed the canopy and set the vines up for the crucial ripening period. When this began in March the weather was significantly better, allowing concentrated flavours to develop in the vines over an extended ripening period.

VINEYARD
Parcels of ripe fruit were selected from two different vineyards in the Wairau and Blind River regions. Both feature river-bed stony soils, accentuating the free-draining of water and reflection of sun onto the berries. Our Wairau vineyard was harvested on the 5nd of April and the Blind River 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 palate 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 Wairau Valley, Marlborough
Harvest Date 5 and 7 April
Bottling Date August 2009
Alcohol 12.5%
Acidity 7.0 g/l
Residual sugar 1.9 g/l
Oak Nil