Southern Valleys of Marlborough
The 2015 season offered up many challenges but particularly a cold windy Spring which reduced yields to very low levels. This fruit developed through a warm summer and mild weather during the harvest period, allowing the fruit to ripen to optimal levels in the cool and settled Autumn conditions. A season of low crops and incredible fruit ripeness and intensity.
Cool fermentation with cultured yeast in stainless steel tanks was utilized to retain the fresh varietal aromatics. This was balanced by a portion of the fruit subjected to traditional winemaking practices; handpicked, whole bunch pressed and naturally fermented in seasoned oak barrels, adding texture and length to the wine. The result is a hand crafted wine combining the bright fresh fruit characters with an underlying minerality and fine structure.
This classic Marlborough Sauvignon leads off with ripe but brisk aromas of kiwi, lime, white flowers and white pepper. It’s round, dense and dry, with lip-smacking sugar/acid balance. The tactile, vibrant finish conveys a saline impression and lingering notes of grapefruit pith and gooseberry.
- Region: Southern Valleys of Marlborough
- Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
- Vintage: 2015
- Vineyard: Auntsfield Estate
- Vine Age: 22 years old
- Viticulture: Organic Farming
- Yield: 2.6 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Loess Clay over Greywacke Rock
- TA: 7.1 grams per liter
- pH: 3.25
- Alcohol: 13%
- Oak: 90% Stainless Steel - 10% fermented in seasoned French barrique
- Production: 6,500 cases
When the first growers of the modern era planted grapes in Marlborough in the 1970s (there was commercial grape growing and winemaking as early as the 1870s), it is unlikely they would have foreseen the extent of the growth and fame that the region’s wine industry would achieve, based upon a single varietal called Sauvignon Blanc. The distinctive pungency and... Learn More »
Auntsfield Estate is the home of Marlborough's first colonial vineyard and winery. The original vineyard was established in 1873 and made highly regarded wine for over 50 years. The dramatic hillside vineyard with its unique variety of soils is again producing premium wines under the guidance of the Cowley family. The proud heritage of the land is the inspiration to produce exciting handcrafted wines of balance and individuality that display the special terrior of this historic Marlborough vineyard. Learn More »
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