WINE NOTES: Fragrant lime citrus, honey suckle and herbal aromas deriving from skin contact. A touch of flintiness also. The palate has a fresh, chalky texture with sweet, ripe citrus zest, fennel/anise and background oak spice. An elegant and intriguing alternative Sauvignon Blanc in a bone dry style.
AWARDS / REVIEWS / ACCOLADES: “Delicately aromatic sauvignon blanc with gooseberry, oyster shell, mineral, lemon grass and ginger flavours. The wine has an appealing texture and impressive purity, with a lengthy finish. A classy sauvignon with power and panache.” 4/8/2017 – bobcompbell.co.nz 95/100
VINIFICATION: 100% Hand Harvested. This ‘alternative’ Sauvignon Blanc developed from a desire to build a complex and textural wine style. Extended skin contact, wild fermentation in barrel and lees contact have contributed subtle aromatic corruption, savoury spice and phenolic interest. A number of rows within the Hope Vineyard ‘Larches Block’ have been selected for their later-ripening root stock and spur pruned to encourage more uniform shoot growth and even ripening. One third of the fruit was machine harvested and cold macerated for 36 hours, the remainder hand picked and gently whole bunch pressed. These strikingly different juice portions were briefly settled, transferred to French oak barriques (20% new), and inoculated with a vineyard yeast pied-de-cuve. Rested on gross yeast lees for a further six months, half of the wine completed malolactic fermentation during this time.