WINES 
 

DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012

            

SEASON
Marlborough experienced a very cold spring at the beginning of the season, with frosts that severely affected bud burst, particularly amongst aromatic varieties. This was followed by a wet start to the beginning of summer, however late February the weather cleared and Marlborough had an extended hot summer, with harvest much later than usual. The small yields produced intensly flavoured fruit, creating wines of exceptional appeal.

VINEYARD
Parcels of ripe fruit were selected from two different vineyards in the Wairau and Omaka 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 17th of April and the Omaka on the 18th 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 concentrated and has punchy tropical notes highlighted with fresh cut grass. A succulent palate of passion-fruit and minerality leads to a gentle finish of crisp bell pepper and an invigorating citrus burst.

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


TECHNICAL DETAILS
Winemaker Pete Turner
Grape Variety 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Wairau Valley, Marlborough
Harvest Date 17th March and 18th April
Bottling Date August 2012
Alcohol 13.0%
Acidity 7.4 g/l
Residual sugar 3.75 g/l
Oak Nil